Scissor Lift Hire – How to Operate a Scissor Lift

Builder on a Scissor Lift Platform at a construction site.

Scissor Lift Hire – How to Operate a Scissor Lift

When operating a scissor lift it is vital to follow specific operating instructions for optimal safety. No matter what, the operator of the scissor lift must make sure that their safety, as well as the safety of others, is of the highest value.

At Milo Access Platforms, we supply an array of scissor lifts for hire, but they all require the same sort of operating steps. Read below for more information…


Preparing the workspace

Before beginning any task, you need to make sure you have prepared the space you are going to be working in. This can include warning signs such as yellow caution tape and red danger tape. You will need red danger tape if there is a possibility that items may fall on top of people.

Another thing to note is that you must always make sure you are using the scissor lift on the appropriate ground, such as a smooth and stable road. This will prevent any potential injuries to yourself.


Pre-Work checklist

Always make yourself aware of safety procedures, as you will know, access platforms do not provide any protection against electrical conductions, power lines and even apparatus associated with electric currents. Not only this, but the machinery isn’t insulated so doesn’t protect against incidents.

Once you have cordoned off the area you wish to work, you should then check for any potential obstacles, both on the ground and overhead.


Our Favourite Scissor Lifts

JLG Electric AWP

JLG Electric AWP machines are designed to make your life a lot easier, with a lot less scheduled services, as well as a much quieter workplace. You are even less dependant on hydraulic oils and they even have zero emissions.

Our electric scissor lift has innovative operator controls. The compact dimensions mean this scissor lift is easy to move and is very mobile and with over 11 different models ranging in heights and platform capacity, you will be spoilt for choice!


JLG Engine-powered AWP

Our engine powered JLW scissor lifts are always picked for jobs that require more workspace and larger lifting capacity, as they have physically larger working areas. Even better than boom lifts!

The best thing about these scissor lifts is that they have exceptional terrain ability, meaning they are a lot easier to manoeuvre through even the roughest of job sites. If you’re still unsure check out all of our models, we have 3 separate models that move through rough terrain with ease.

How to use a Scissor Lift

All of the controls for your job are always located in the centre of the operator section. Scissor Lifts have a high and low range to be used when travelling. The high range can be used if you have a clear path, while a low range should only be used when you have a more difficult path, such as rough terrain. Always make sure you protect the platforms and railings when performing certain tasks.


Shutdown Instructions

Once you have finished the task, you need to slowly lower the platform down and stop the scissor lift by pressing the stop button. Then lower the platform down slowly, before pressing the stop button on the base section. Once finished you can turn off the scissor lift by using the key and then climb down from the platform. Make sure you clean up any debris that may have fallen during your job and tidy up any additional equipment.

One thing to remember, make sure you plug the scissor lift in to charge for the next time.


Contact Us

Milo Access Platforms is a recognised and reputable trader that is based in the North East and Cumbria. We are available to talk in regards to overall access platform advice or scissor lift hire. We will be more than happy to help! Just call us on 0191 216 5320 or email us at


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