Every equipment that is deployed for material handling operations needs frequent maintenance to ensure that it is in top shape for efficient and safe operations.
Scissors lifts are made up of many movable parts that open them up to wear and tear that will lead them to malfunction during operations.
It is therefore important to ensure that you carry out frequent maintenance on the equipment guided by a maintenance schedule.
Some of the signs your scissor lifts need immediate maintenance are;
Before you can operate your scissor lifts you need to ensure that fluids vital for its operations are at the recommended levels. You should, therefore, check the oil, coolant, fuel, and hydraulic fluid levels.
When components of the scissor lift connected to these fluids are damaged, you will see signs as leaks on the warehouse floor. The sources of these leaks should be traced and fixed.
Worn Out Tires
Tires are very important for the mobility of the scissor lift, therefore, if they are damaged it will affect the stability of the forklift or reduce its efficiency.
Some of the signs the tires are damaged are cracks on the surface and worn-out treads. The tire pressure should also be at the right level for them to sustain the weight of a loaded scissor lift.
You should also pay attention to the wheels as they are also a safety risk if they are structurally damaged.
The controls ensure you can successfully maneuver the workplace and stay safe throughout the operations.
Before operations, it is important to test them to ensure you can drive forward, reverse, left and right and brake should the need arise.
Additionally, it should also be possible to lower or raise the scissor lift effortlessly. Also, ensure the markings on the controls are visible.
Damaged Scissor lift Legs
The scissor lift legs play an important role when it comes to elevating and lowering of the scissor lift.
Therefore if they are damaged, you will not be able to use the lift at all as its elevation potential is limited.
Inspect the scissor legs for any structural damage which should be sent for repair.
Damaged Guard Rails
Since scissor lifts involve elevation, the risk of falling off the lift is always present.
Before you use the scissor lift ensure the guard rails are not weakened through damage from corrosion due to rusting.
Such guard rails are a safety risk as they are incapable of protecting the operators against falling.
Just like every other material handling equipment, you need to ensure that your scissor lifts are properly maintained.
Even though it is recommended that you maintain the scissor lifts at equal intervals, the following signs require that you send the scissor lift for immediate maintenance/repair;
Leaking and low fluids levels
Worn Out Tires and Wheels
Damaged Scissor Legs
Damaged Guard Rails
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