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It's no secret that renting construction equipment is quickly becoming the norm for many large construction companies and contractors. Boom lifts are just one type of construction equipment that construction companies choose to rent. However, there are many common mistakes people make when renting telehandlers. Here are just a few.

  1. Poor risk assessment:

    Some people don't accurately assess the risks that come with using this heavy machinery. Potential hazards include objects falling from high distances, falls, tip overs, electric shock, entanglements, collapses, and much more. Being aware of the full range of potential risks you're facing is important to carefully consider before making the decision to get boom lift rentals.

  2. Wrong equipment:

    This seems pretty basic, but oftentimes, contractors aren't fully aware of the exact equipment they need, and they end up renting the wrong type of machinery. For example, sometimes people mistakenly assume that they need a boom lift when the work site specifications actually warrant a crane. That's why it's important to fully assess the needs of the project and only rent what is absolutely necessary.

  3. Improper operation:

    Many times, people overestimate or underestimate the exact requirements of a lift's reach. If workers try to use a piece of machinery that is not the right length for the application at hand, it could severely alter the work conditions. For example, if there is too much boom  extension, it may need to be significantly pulled back. This off-centers the balance of the equipment, which can lead to a tip over. The types of mistakes that cause damage to rental equipment can be incredibly costly, in both money and time. Make sure you're fully aware of the technical capabilities of a boom lift before you agree to a rental.

  4. Training neglect:

    Many people fail to understand the importance of training for their workers and lift operators. Approximately 35% of on-the-job injuries are caused by machine accidents each year, as well as 14% of work-related deaths. That's why OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates workers be thoroughly trained upon the addition of new equipment. Re-training should also take place after workplace accidents or updated equipment accessories. Improper training can lead to increased workplace accidents and incorrect equipment operation, which can cause damage and other project time delays.

Ultimately, it's critical to fully assess the needs of the construction site and your workers before agreeing to a telehandler rental. For more information about equipment rentals, contact Grand Equipment.

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