There are a wide range of scenarios where hiring a lift is needed to meet access requirements - construction sites, film sets, businesses setting up shelving and lines workers are just a few examples of places where boom and scissor lifts come in handy.
Before renting a lift, it is important to carefully consider your requirements, the site conditions, and the capabilities of the equipment you are looking to hire. Having trained staff in place, and documented health and safety procedures helps to prevent honest mistakes from costing you in injuries, damage and delays.
In this episode of our blog series, we will be looking at some of the main considerations to keep in mind when hiring a lift.
Consider the conditions you are operating in:
When operating indoors, the key issue is ventilation. Electric machines are preferred, as they don’t emit toxic gases that can build up in confined spaces. It is also important to consider the measurements of the narrowest place that the lift will need to fit through.
When operating outside, the key issues that you encounter will most likely be related to your surrounding environment. If the ground surface is uneven or on a hill, you might need to look at using an all terrain boom or scissor lift. Look out for broken concrete slabs, groundwater and silt/deep mud that might be tough to operate on.
If you don’t have direct access to the area in which you are working, consider renting a telescoping boom lift or knuckle boom instead of a scissor lift, as they are better for reaching obscure and difficult places. If there is groundwater present, you might need stabilizers to distribute the load evenly.
Make sure that there is a clear path to get the equipment on site and room to move the lift once set up:
Check that your driveway or other access point(s) are wide enough to get the lift in. Once the boom or cherry picker is onsite, make sure there is sufficient room for it to move around. Look out for power lines, walls and other obstacles at height that operators could potentially collide with.
Choosing the right lift for your needs:
In addition to considering the accessibility and conditions of the site, it’s important to think about how much weight you are planning on lifting in the bucket, and the distance and height that you need to lift it to. The less weight that’s carried in the bucket, the further it can be lifted. If you are moving heavy items such as steel bars, it’s important to ensure that your are working within the limits of the machine.
Our friendly team is happy to advise you on which lift will be the most suitable for your needs.
Maintenance is extremely important when it comes to working at heights. Make sure that the equipment you hire is well-maintained, and preferably a later model unit if possible. Here at EquipmentShare, we take pride in caring for our machines - regularly servicing our fleet under management, using the latest innovations in monitoring technology to ensure that each part is maintained properly and offering modern, late model machines are all key parts of the value we provide.
We offer a range of lifts - scissor lifts (electric, diesel and rough terrain), articulating boom lifts (knuckle booms) and telescoping boom lifts. These lifts come in a variety of sizes to suit most jobs and tasks required. Click here to find out more.
Health, safety and skills:
There are a range of accessories available to improve the functionality of lifts whilst reducing the risk of injury. Make sure to only use harnesses and safety gear that is in good condition and regularly tested.
Consider any existing safety procedures that are currently in place for your workspace or building area. Make sure to inform any other staff or contractors working nearby of what you are doing so they can stay clear of swinging booms and moving parts. Communication is key - when everyone is on the same page, mistakes are much less likely to happen.
Ensure that any staff member using the equipment knows what they are doing, and that they understand the physical capabilities of the specific machine that they’re using.
When looking at prices, make sure that you are comparing apples with apples:
Hidden costs can add up very fast. When comparing prices and offerings, make sure that you are taking all costs into account - it is easy to forget the price of delivery, collection and other ancillary expenses.
When deciding which company to work with, make sure that they understand your needs, and are responsive with support and service. If you are working to tight deadlines, delays can become very costly - by having access to reliable support, it is easier to get the job done properly without hold ups.
EquipmentShare takes the crowd sourcing business model and applies it to access and civil equipment hire - providing the best machines at a fair price, with delivery available between Hamilton and Whangarei. Send us a message today if you would like to chat further.