Ladders, Ice, and Snow Can Be a Deadly Combination

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean outdoor operations stop. In fact, many operations are busier during the year’s coldest months than they are in the spring and summer. There are still orders to fill, supplies to be stored, inventory to be counted, and all the other responsibilities that are necessary for a successful business — including … Read more

Lift Equipment Offers Solutions for Rising Warehouse Heights

Many companies are responding to the increasing cost of real estate by building warehouses that are taller rather than wider. And makers of lift trucks and other industrial equipment are responding by offering more electrical powered vehicles that are designed for high-density facilities that feature narrow aisles. Why electric? Because unlike machines powered by internal … Read more

Aerial Work Platform Safety Tips

Aerial work platforms make it simpler to perform tasks at elevated heights. But by their very nature, aerial lifts are potentially hazardous. Even the smallest mistake by workers can result in a fall that could result in injury or even death. That’s why it’s critical for workers to always follow aerial work platform safety procedures … Read more

World’s Oldest Skyjack Scissors Lift Still on the Job after 29 Years

A scissors lift being used practically every day by a company in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, for the past 29 years has been recognized as the world’s oldest working Skyjack lift, according to a company news release. The SJ-006-10 lift used by Kraner Electrical was manufactured shortly after Skyjack was created in 1984. The company’s owners … Read more

Customizing Your Scissors Lift to Improve Safety and Efficiency

Scissors lifts are designed to position workers in ergonomically correct work positions so that specific tasks can be performed safely and efficiently. Because every job is unique, however, a cookie cutter approach to scissors lift often is not practical. Fortunately, there are many options available when it comes to customizing your scissors lift to fit the … Read more

The Top 10 List: Scissors Lift Safety

Scissors lifts provide a helpful, efficient way to work on projects located higher up in the air. They are convenient for changing light bulbs, making minor repairs to pipes and wiring, and even for cleaning ceilings and upper shelves in a warehouse or manufacturing facility. Yet scissors lifts are also powerful hydraulically-driven heavy equipment and … Read more

How to Choose the Right Scissors Lift for Your Application

Editor’s Note: This is the second of special two-part series on scissors lift safety. When used correctly, scissors lifts can improve operational efficiency, help maintain optimal ergonomic conditions for workers, and increase productivity. In order to maximize your use of a scissors lift in your materials handling operation, there are a number of considerations to take … Read more

Forklift and Crane Used to Transport Obese Man to Hospital

Workers in Saudi Arabia used a forklift to transport a man weighing more than 1,000 lbs. to a local hospital for treatment, according to news reports. Khaled Mohsin Shaeri, who authorities said weighed 610 kg — or  1,345 lbs. — was transported from his hometown of Jizan to the Saudi capital city of Riyadh via a special-equipped military airplane and then off-loaded using a forklift, which then brought him to a hospital.

Because of his enormous weight, Shaeri, 20, had been unable to leave his bedroom for the past two and a half years, but thanks to Saudi King Abdullah, who personally financed the transport operation, he was able to get medical care for his condition. A cousin told Reuters that Shaeri had contracted an unspecified disease when he was a child that caused him to rapidly put on weight, and he soon became bedridden.

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Aerial Work Platform Safety: Up and Down

Aerial Work Platform Safety cannot be stressed enough. On average, 50 people a year are killed while using them. This number does not even encompass accidents involving the operator and bystanders; both reported and not reported. Most, if not all, of the deaths and injury can easily be avoided by a few simple rules. Following … Read more

Aerial Lift Safety

Operating an aerial lift , whether it is a scissors lift, articulating boom lift, telescopic boom lift or another type,  presents actual a variety of dangers to both workers using the lifts and others in the area. Most lifts are powered by hydraulics, so there is always the risk of a crushing injury whenever the lift … Read more