Beware of Load Capacity
Exceeding the load capacity of a lull could damage the boom or attachment. It also increases the hazard of tipping the machine which puts both the equipment operator and those working around the equipment in danger. Never lift more than the machine can handle and always use the proper attachment for the job.
Secure All Loads As Needed
Another piece to load safety is to always secure all loads accordingly. Lulls are used primarily for material handling and moving so it is vital to secure all loads accordingly every time material is being transferred.
This also applies to the platform attachment: always ensure that anyone working on a platform is properly harnessed and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE). Check the guard rails of the platform for safety and stability.
Report any discrepancies and never use a piece of equipment that is not safe.
While material handlers are designed to be tough machines ready for any kind of terrain there is still a level of danger for certain terrains. Steep slopes or inclines can affect the center of gravity of a machine, especially when carrying a load.
This could also lead to the tipping of a machine. Always survey a worksite before beginning to work and use the platform stabilizers accordingly.
Always Practise Preventative Maintenance
Just like with any equipment proper upkeep is the key to a long life of functional machines. Keeping up with oil changes, greasings, monitoring damages and taking care in storage and tire maintenance can ensure that any machine can be used for years to come.