1. Always follow the liftgate manufacturer’s instructions when using a liftgate.
2. Read, understand and follow all of the liftgate requirements contained in the warning decals, operation decals, owner’s manual, etc.
3. When not in immediate use as a lifting device, liftgates should be lowered to grade level or returned to a stowed position. Close and lock the liftgate when it is not in use.
4. Liftgates should be marked, coned or highlighted (flashers / safety lights, etc.) so they can be visible to passersby. This is particularly important in areas of limited visibility or pedestrian traffic, including studio lots.
5. Liftgates should not extend info streets, doorways or walkways.
6. Visually inspect the liftgate system for damage and defects prior to use. Do not operate the liftgate if damage or defects are discovered.
7. Ensure that the vehicle is properly and securely braked before using the liftgate. Use wheel chocks to secure the vehicle if necessary. The truck or trailer should be parked as level as possible.
8. Do not ride the liftgate when the vehicle is in motion. The vehicle should not be moved unless the liftgate is closed and latched.
9. All loads should be secured prior to lifting or lowering the liftgate.
10. Do not allow the liftgate to be used by persons who are not familiar with its operation. Only people familiar with liftgate operation should be authorized to operate this equipment.
11. Do not overload the liftgate beyond its rated capacity. (refer to the liftgate’s capacity chart for proper capacity).
12. Make certain that the platform area is clear before, and at all times during, operation of the liftgate.
13. Make certain platform is properly stowed and latched when in transit.
14. Liftgate should be clear of slip and trip hazards.
15. Call out to let your coworkers know anytime the liftgate is moving.
16. Ensure that the space below the liftgate and between the platform and truck / trailer body is clear. Keep hands and feet clear of all pinch points.
17. Center the load on the liftgate and control it with brakes, wheel chocks, sandbags wedges, etc.
18. If the liftgate manufacturer permits people to ride on the liftgate, they should position themselves so that a shifting load will not harm them or knock them off the liftgate.
19. If using a liftgate in the vicinity of live traffic, always wear a reflective / high visibility vest.
20. All stairways with four or more steps must have stair rails on all open sides.
21. Top stair rails should be between 34-38 inches above the tread of each step.
22. When when walking up and down stairs, pay attention to your footing, use the handrail (if present), stay in control and do not skip steps or jump to the ground.