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Part 2: Guidelines for Proper Use of Rental Equipment Prevent Mistakes
By Thomas A. Westerkamp
June 2012 -
Equipment Rental & Tools
Another quick way to void the contract and potentially incur a large bill for injury and damages is to use the equipment for a purpose for which it is not intended. For example, renters too often overload aerial work platforms or use them on sloping terrain. Knowing the load capacity, irregular terrain capability, and the nature and size of loads is essential to avoid this mistake.
Using the equipment improperly leads to unintended consequences. For instance, not having a solid base under a jack before loading or overloading the work platform on an aerial lift can cause tipping, releasing the load and injuring personnel. Failure to use outriggers on a crane, even on level surfaces, will reduce its load capacity and cause instability and accidents.
Electrical equipment requires advanced planning. Are proper voltages available? Are outlets for hookups to the equipment located within reach of the job site? Are proper grounding connections available? Also, from a worker safety standpoint, it is a serious mistake to overlook personal protective equipment (PPE) as a part of the job planning. Hard hats, safety glasses with side shields, goggles, safety shoes, gloves, fall protection, hearing protection, smoke and fume protection, and heat protection are essential for worker safety.
How can managers avoid these and other mistakes and make smarter, more cost-effective decisions when renting equipment? Consider these guidelines:
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