During warehouse shifts workers are often required to pick or put away stock on a repetitive basis.
The repetitive motion of bending down to pick-up stock items from the floor or to put away stock on low shelves can lead to an increase in the likelihood of worker injuries including back and muscle strains.
To mitigate the likelihood of workers suffering injury from repetitive motion Adaptalift Group recommend workers are provided with and use scissor lift tables throughout picking and put away tasks.
This post seeks to answer the question what is a scissor lift table, their benefits and a list of basic operational do’s and don’ts.
What is a Scissor Lift Table?
Scissor lift tables are a mechanical or hydraulic scissor lift with a flat table surface on top.
Three common types of scissor table lifting mechanisms include:
- Mechanical – uses a crank to raise the table
- Airbag – uses an airbag to raise the table
- Hydraulic – uses a hydraulic piston to raise the table
Where are Scissor Lift Tables Used?
Scissor lift tables are commonly used in warehouse environments for picking and packing.
They can also be used in other environments such as mechanic garages and manufacturing plants both indoors and outdoors.
How to Use a Scissor Lift Table
Scissor lift tables speed up and simplify the moving of stock and/or products.
Tables lessen the likelihood of workers injuring themselves whilst repeatedly bending down and picking up stock from the ground to then be put away.
Workers can lift up a box of stock once from the ground and place it at waist height on the raised scissor table lessening the distance they need to bend to pick-up the stock for put away.
By having stock positioned easily within reach, restocking can also be sped up as workers aren’t constantly reaching down to the ground or even having to climb up and down ladders to put stock away in high up locations.
Scissor Lift Table Do’s and Don’ts
By following the simple list of do’s and don’ts below ensure tables are utilised correctly and workers are kept safe:
- Select the correct lift table for your application ensuring the tables safe lift capacity is not exceeded by the load weight
- Ensure the units table is able to be raised up to the operators ergonomic hip height
- Make sure workers utilise lift tables wherever possible, they’re an inexpensive aid that greatly improves employee safety when compared to the cost of workers compensation for injury
- Always ensure scissor lift tables are easily accessible in common areas where floor level stacking and sorting operations occur frequently
- Do not overload the trolley beyond its rated capacity If they are overloaded you risk breaking the table and also spilling and possibly damaging or breaking product
- Do not use the table as a ladder, misuse like this can lead to serious injury
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