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Material Handling Requires Precautions to Prevent Accidents

Safety is the top priority when designing a warehouse and choosing storage systems. However, in the material handling warehouse environment, accidents can happen. To avoid the damaging effects of an accident, extreme caution should be exercised when using warehouse storage racks. Precise design, installation, and maintenance of storage racks will make the warehouse environment a safe workplace for all employees. Scissor lifts are a valuable tool in lifting oversized loads and moving heavy objects on storage racks. However, there have been numerous incidents in the past nine years involving scissor lifts. Extension cords that dangle from hand tools on the platform may get tangled in moving equipment, causing the scissor lift to tilt and workers to fall. By using extension cords correctly, setting up a barricade, and completing a visual inspection of the area to pinpoint any existing hazards, many types of accidents involving scissor lifts can be avoided. Carolina Material Handling provides safety equipment and tips for preventing injuries in the workplace.

Scissor Lift Extension Cord Safety Procedures are Helpful for Preventing Tip-Overs

According to the Oregon OSHA office,, the following best practices and safety checks are recommended to prevent tip-overs with scissor lifts:

“Preventing tip-overs: Best Practices

  • Many newer scissor lifts have a power receptacle at the base of the lift for an extension cord.

  • Do not tie them to the lift.

  • Do not place them where they could become cut or abraded.

  • Use caution when raising the platform to avoid tangling them in the moving parts.

  • Do not hang tools from them.

  • Make sure they are correctly grounded, free of cuts and abrasions and suitable for the conditions in which they are used.

  • When the job is done, make sure they are properly stowed; do not leave them hanging from the platform.

  • When possible, consider using cordless, battery-powered hand tools instead of cord-and-plug equipment.”

Perform a Visual Inspection of the Scissor Lift for Safety

Along with all of your materials handling equipment, it is important to perform a safety inspection to make sure that the equipment is setup and working properly. When using scissor lifts, Osha recommends inspecting to avoid the following:

  • Drop-offs and holes

  • Soft, uneven, or sloped surfaces

  • Slippery surfaces

  • Litter, debris, scrap, unused tools, and extension cords

  • Overhead electric power lines (stay at least 10 ft. away from overhead lines)”

When using scissor lifts to access your Charlotte warehouse storage racks, make sure to take a look at the surroundings for obstacles that could cause the lift to tip over. The experts at Carolina Material Handling will consult with you to find the best lift and storage system for your needs to help create an injury-free workplace. Contact us today to learn more about our warehouse storage rack solutions, scissor lifts, and other material handling equipment that will help you to increase productivity and work safely in your warehouse or manufacturing facility: (336) 294-2346.

(Source: “Safety and Health Newsletter for the Oregon construction industry”,, May 12, 2015)