Monthly Archives: February 2015

Scissor Lift Causes Quite a Splash at North Carolina Mall

Fire sprinklerA recent scissor lift incident had shoppers at one North Carolina mall grabbing for their umbrellas – indoors!

Well, it wasn’t exactly that bad…but this story still illustrates that rules and guidelines are crucial – not just for the machine itself, but for surrounding areas and automatically activated components.

During a construction project at Cross Creek Mall (located in Fayetteville, NC), a scissor lift was accidentally raised too high, hitting a sprinkler head. Even with a relatively low level of impact, this caused the anti-fire sprinkler system to activate. Continue reading

Five Common Hazards & Problems for Aerial Lift Operators

FacilitiesNet recently published a helpful article on different dangers and safety concerns that Aerial Lift Hazardsall aerial lift operators and aerial work platform (AWP) workers should be aware of.

The article, which appeared a few weeks ago, touches on a handful of important factors – some of which you may already be familiar with, and others that are commonly overlooked. They are:

Potential hazards. Often times, the person or people in charge of purchasing an aerial lift don’t account for on-the-job dangers, such as electrical lines, fall hazards and everyday obstacles. Continue reading

Around the World On a Forklift

world aerial lift safetyHow Does Forklift Safety in United States Compare With Other Countries?

We all know the deadly statistics. Operating a forklift without proper training is one of the most hazardous jobs in the country, with nearly 100 forklift fatalities every year in the United States. Do we lead the global forklift safety league table (not likely), or is the job inherently dangerous wherever you go? We take a quick snapshot of four other English-speaking countries, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Continue reading