The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has urged organisers and exhibitors not to attach banners to scissor lifts. It warned that banners could create a 'sail board' effect, which could destabilise the lift and cause it to turn over.

IPAF said scissor lifts were a safe way to perform temporary work at height when used properly by trained personnel.

However, it warned that they were not designed to hold banners or advertisement boards, with some scissor lifts designed for indoor use only at zero wind speed, while those designed for outdoor use may be at risk of being blown over in an elevated position when the maximum safe wind speed is exceeded.

Andy Studdert, IPAF president, and chairman & CEO of NES Rentals, said, “Scissors lifts are safe, but improper use of this equipment can make them very dangerous.

"Don’t put your visitors at risk – a machine with a banner attached to it could get blown over even in modest winds. Aerial lifts are not toys for joy rides or hanging banners and displays.”

IPAF is a not-for-profit members’ organisation that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. Members include rental companies, manufacturers, distributors and equipment owners. More information is at www.ipaf.org

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