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How to Optimise Lift Operations When Using a Loading Platform in Construction

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When building a multi-story structure, you must figure out how to get materials to the upper floors of the building. Although cranes are great for hoisting materials, they are hard to offload at a height. Therefore, you need a loading platform for your construction project. This equipment acts as a loading dock where the crane operator drops supplies and heavy materials. Renting a loading platform can promote worker safety and streamline material transportation. Below are three tips for optimising lift operations when using a loading platform on your site.

Set up the platform correctly

Unlike traditional loading platforms that were fixed and permanent, modern platforms are temporary and retractable. This configuration allows users to move the platform to other floors as the need arises. Throughout the project, you will need to set up the platform and move it to the upper floors. If you don't have a competent operator onsite, hire one from the rental company. Don't use untrained personnel, as they could set up the structure incorrectly and expose other workers to danger. 

Plan your lifts carefully

Proper lift planning optimises operations and eliminates safety hazards on the site. Typically, a loading platform protrudes from the building when in use. When the structure is protruding, it can pose a safety risk to nearby hoisting equipment such as scissor lifts, cranes, and personal hoists. Therefore, make sure there is no other lifting equipment near the loading platform.

Once you've cleared the operation site, assess the following issues pertaining to the lift.

  • Weight of the load: Loading platforms have different weight capacities. Do not exceed the maximum weight limit, as this can destabilise the equipment.
  • Floor clearance: There should be adequate floor clearance inside the building for the platform to retract after use. Provide adequate floor clearance to prevent accidents while the equipment is in operation. 

When using loading platforms on the first floor of a building, ensure that large trucks and cranes don't get caught on the platform. Use signage to cordon off the area underneath the protruding structure.

Go over the safety protocols

Loading platforms are fairly easy and safe to use. However, accidents can occur due to negligence and human error. Go over the following safety protocols before setting up the platform.

  • Secure the load platform properly
  • Use safety harnesses and protective equipment when working on the platform
  • Retract the platform after using it to avoid a collision with other equipment

Keep the loading platform floor clean and dry during the rainy season to prevent slip and fall accidents.

Only authorised personnel should install and relocate the loading platform. If you don't have a trained operator, your equipment rental provider can provide one at an extra cost.

For more information on a construction loading platform hire, contact a professional near you.