What's the most dangerous piece of equipment in your facility? While forklift accidents may make headlines, ladders are significantly more dangerous.
According to the CDC, more than 500,000 ladder-related injuries occur every year. The estimated annual cost of ladder injuries (including time away from work, medical, legal, liability, and pain and suffering expenses) is $24 billion annually.
Scaffolding isn’t any better. Of the top 10 most-cited OSHA violations in 2020:
Scissor lifts and vertical mast lifts aren’t just a safer alternative to ladders and scaffolding. They improve productivity and reduce risk.
If you’re like most safety-conscious managers, when you see an employee on a ladder or scaffolding, there’s probably a lot of hope-ing going on.
You have good reason to worry. Just do an online search for “fell off ladder at work,” or “scaffolding injuries” and count how many law firm websites show up. It’s a lot.
Human error, including improper set-up and general carelessness (like tools left lying around), is the leading cause of falls and scaffold-related deaths and injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
When you use a scissor lift or vertical mast lift, you don't have to worry about the many risks associated with using a ladder or scaffolding. Built-in safety features minimize the opportunity for employee error, including:
If employees need to complete a job up high in a tight or narrow space, they can use a vertical mast lift.
Standard scissor lifts come with “pothole protection” technology, but if you need a job done on rough terrain, there’s a scissor lift solution for that too.
Scissor lifts are available in working heights from 20 ft. up to nearly 45 ft. Our aerial lift experts can help you choose the right scissor lift, boom lift, etc. for your application. We’re an authorized AICHI, JLG and Skyjack dealer serving customers throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and eastern Arkansas.
Scissor lifts start at $9,000 (new), but we also rent aerial equipment so you can try before you buy. We also provide scissor lift safety training.
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