Man Lift | Safety

According to Galmon, deaths from the workplace most commonly come in the form of falling from high places. This likely occurs in workplaces that require employees to work at great heights, such as construction, electrical and phone repair, and fire fighting. What those professions have in common is the use of a man lift to get to high places. When used safely, a man lift can be greatly useful to performing work and making repairs in high and potentially dangerous places. Safety not being exercised in this situation can result in serious injury and even death.

Common Dangers of Man Lifts

The common dangers of operating a man lift involve more than just the fall:

  • This is especially true for scissor lifts: a danger exists of having a body party or limb getting caught and crushed in the scissor arms. This could occur when the scissor lift lowers and the arms compress over each other. Before operating or repairing a manlift, make sure it is turned off in the proper position.
  • Some man lifts may not have insulation, which introduces the danger of electrocution. Always check for any downed power lines or electrical hazards in your general area before operating a man lift.
  • Man lifts, especially when in use and extended to its greatest height, is generally not meant to handle very heavy loads. Loading too much weight into the basket of the man lift could result in the man lift collapsing or being overturned. Overturning could also result when the base of the man lift is set on uneven ground.
  • There is a potential not only in workers falling off the man lift, but also other falling objects. A worker could drop an object from up high on the man lift and could cause bodily harm to individuals below. This is why most workers with a manlift are required to put up safety signs or caution around the perimeter of their workspace.
  • Not inspecting the man lift before you start could result in structural collapse if it needs repairs.

What to Wear While Operating a Man Lift

There are three safety components that most workers must wear before operating a man lift.

  • A full-body harness. This is strapped on to your torso and serves as an instrument for fall arrest. The structure of the harness keeps the worker upright even in the event of a fall, which reduces potential bodily injury. A harness will be recommended or required depending on the type of work.
  • The anchorage and connectors. These connect a proper anchoring device to a connecting device. An anchorage is a stable point by which a worker can achieve balance at high places. Also known as a tie-off point, an anchorage point could be scaffolding, an I-beam, column or any firm piece of structure.
  • A connecting device. This is a lanyard that ties between the anchorage and the body harness in order to safe a worker from a fatal fall. It’s vital to choose the right kind of connector for the work involved.
Stay safe while using a man lift and ensure that you don’t get hurt while using a man lift.


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