This comprehensive IPAF 1A course will provide you with all the knowledge and skills you need to safely and effectively operate static vertical platforms. You'll learn about different types of platform, how to carry out pre-use inspections, and how to use the platform in a variety of different situations.
When it comes to construction, scissor lifts are a vital tool. Often referred to as "vertical platforms," scissor lifts help workers complete tasks at heights that would otherwise be unreachable.
There are many different types of scissor lifts, but they all operate on the same basic principle: a series of interlocking metal plates that allow the platform to move up and down. The number of plates varies depending on the model, but most have at least four.
Scissor lifts can be powered by either electricity or hydraulics, although electric models are more common. Hydraulic models tend to be larger and more expensive, so they're usually only used for industrial applications.
Electric scissor lifts are powered by a battery, which makes them much quieter than their hydraulic counterparts. They're also more environmentally friendly, since they don't produce emissions.
Scissor lifts can be either stationary or mobile. Stationary scissor lifts are affixed to the ground and typically used for tasks that require a lot of height, such as painting or changing lightbulbs. Mobile scissor lifts are mounted on wheels, so they can be moved around as needed.
Most scissor lifts have a weight limit of around 500 pounds, which is more than enough for two workers and their tools. Some models can accommodate even more weight, but it's important not to exceed the limit to avoid damage to the lift or injury to yourself.
When using a scissor lift, always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Be sure to wear proper safety gear, including a harness if one is provided. Never try to move the lift while someone is on it, and never exceed the weight limit.
With proper care and use, your scissor lift will last for many years. With regular maintenance, it will be there whenever you need it to help you complete your construction projects safely and efficiently.