3 Signs it is Time to Service Your Scissor Lift
According to the New England Safety Training Alliance, on average, there are 8 scissor lift fatalities each year in the United States. Many of these are preventable. While misuse of equipment and lack of work area inspections can lead to scissor lift accidents, lack of maintenance can also be a major cause. Regularly servicing your scissor lift, or hoist, is vital to maintaining an operable machine and preventing accidents. While you may think your scissor lift is in pristine condition, there are things you can look out for that signal it is time for maintenance check. Below we have identified 3 common signs that it is time to service your scissor lift.
3 Signs it’s Time to Service Your Scissor Lift
1. Does Not Accelerate or Stop Smoothly
It is very important to check your equipment and ensure that it is functioning properly prior to using it at a worksite. If you discover while raising or lowering the platform of your scissor hoist that it is not accelerating or stopping smoothly, it is probably time for maintenance. An abrupt or jerky lift or stop can signify hydraulic issues with your scissor lift. Other possible causes include foreign material in the roller plate or binding issues. If you experience any of this, immediately stop using the machine and take it in for maintenance to determine the exact issue.
2. Makes Abnormal Noises or Vibrations
For a scissor lift that is either making strange noises or vibrating, you will again want to take it in for maintenance to determine the cause before further operation. Unusual noises or vibrations can be the result of a number of things ranging from foreign material in places it shouldn’t be, motor complications, or a plugged suction filter, just to name a few. Remember that some hoists naturally make a little noise. It is just important to realize early on what is “normal” and what is “abnormal” so that you may diagnose the issue before an accident or serious damage to the machine occurs.
3. Shows Visible Wear or Damage
Pre-operation checks will help you to identify any visible signs of wear or damage the moment they become noticeable. Being proactive will help prevent accidents in the future. When taking a look at your scissor lift, keep an eye out for visible damage or wear to the control switches, axles, rollers, control cables, and more. You should also look for cracked welds, hydraulic leaks, and loose wire connections. Familiarity with your machine will help you identify issues sooner rather than later. Even if you think it may be something small, if there is a sign of wear and tear to your lift, get it checked out. You are always better safe than sorry.
Regular preventative maintenance to your scissor hoists will ensure that it is in good condition at all times and in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have a scissor lift that needs servicing, contact Future Line; we would be happy to assist.