4 Mistakes To Avoid When Renting Height-Access Equipment

September 15 2019
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Renting height-access equipment is an integral part of numerous projects from window cleaning and tree pruning to construction and renovations. Renting is popular because when compared to purchasing, it wins on all fronts. When you rent height-access equipment, you don’t have to worry about the units being in top shape, transporting them to the worksite and then removing them later. All is taken care of by the renting company.Meanwhile, you still have to put in plenty of effort to ensure the renting process goes smoothly. Please, take a look at 4 common mistakes people make when renting such equipment.

  1. Reviewing Potential Hazards

In many cases, managers, who are organizing the project, fail to study all potential hazards associated with working at heights. These hazards can lead to injury and even death regardless of how good of equipment you rent. Workers at height face electrocution, falling objects, trip hazards, entanglements, and much more. Before sending your crew to work at heights, you must instruct it on the hazards, which may be waiting for them there.

  1. Failing To Offer Proper Re-Training

All employees, who work at heights, must receive proper training. While many managers remember to train their employees when they just start working, they forget about the importance of re-training. Re-training should be done on a regular basis and whenever a new hazard is found or an accident happens. It’s important to refresh the workers’ memory at least once a year. Whenever you rent a new piece of height-access equipment, all workers need to get clear instructions about its specific nature. Hardly all lifts are created equal. They all come with nuances, which need explanation.

  1. Not Following Specifications

You can’t always hire the same lift for a different job site using the same specifications. The old lift may not be suitable for the new site’s conditions. That’s why when renting height access equipment, you need to check specifications before the beginning of each project. Ask the equipment provider to help you understand which lift is most suitable for your current needs.

  1. Not Evaluating the Reach Properly

Overestimating or underestimating the equipment’s reach can become a big problem at the worksite. Using a lift, which is longer or shorter than expected, could change the working conditions. Improper understanding of the lift’s capabilities can lead to lethal accidents. A lift, which is too short for the project, is a common reason why workers reach up and fall. Take a note of the above mistakes in order not to make them during your next project. Consult the rental company if you have any questions about the equipment’s specifications and suitability.

WHAT IS IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.
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