Checklist for Specifying Lift Equipment

By Thomas A. Westerkamp  
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: How to Select the Most Appropriate LiftPt. 2: Six Factors To Consider When Specifying Aerial LiftsPt. 3: Aerial Work Platforms: Matching the Lift to the ApplicationPt. 4: Lift Features Include Air Compressor, Generator, Safety SystemsPt. 5: This Page

Whether the maintenance task at hand involves one-time use of lift equipment or a longer-term commitment, selecting the right product requires managers to answer a series of important questions:

  • How many technicians does the equipment need to lift for the task? How much material?
  • What load capacity, platform space and utility access does the task require?
  • How far vertically and horizontally do technicians need to reach?
  • Do they need to reach over and down or rotate materials or components?
  • How will operators transport the lift? A wheeled or tracked self-propelled unit? Trailer? Pick-up truck? Forklift?
  • Will the lift operate and be stored in one location?
  • Will operators need to move the lift over uneven surfaces?
  • Does the task call for a lift with leveling capability or load analysis?
  • How wide and high are access points?
  • Does the task call for alternating current or direct current electricity, or gas, propane or diesel fuel?
  • Will technicians need to work over immovable objects, such as ramps, steps, auditorium seats, or roofs?

One proven specification strategy is to overlay the various lift-equipment options on a site plan to determine the vertical and horizontal coverage each lift under consideration provides without frequent relocation.

In the case of large jobs — for instance, if using a telehandler requires off-loading at a building-perimeter staging area and using other means and more time and labor to move material to the job — it might pay to use a self-erecting crane with the necessary reach and lifting capacity to move the material to the point of use from a single set-up position.

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