Safety tips to follow when using Skyjacks Tail Lift

Health and Safety is the most important thing to consider, regardless of where you work or what you work with. For business owners, employee safety should never be taken lightly; as such, it is your responsibility as an employer to ensure that your people are never put into situations that may bring harm to them.

When working with Skyjacks commercial tail lift, it is paramount to ensure that your employees who operate the lifts adhere to safety precautions and regulations at all times, lest they get hurt and your business finds itself in litigation. To help you along, we have put together a list of a few important safety tips that you and your people should follow when using commercial tail lift.

Skyjacks Tail Lift

Skyjacks Wheelchair and Commercial Lifts, manufactures the following types of Tail lifts

  • RMPU Upper Box Column Lift designed for Van Bodies with a safe working load up to 2000kgs
  • RMPL Lower Box Column Lift designed for Drop Side Bodies with a safe working load up to 2000kgs
  • RMPG Lower Box Gas Column Lift designed for Drop Side / Flat Deck Bodies with a safe working load up to 1000kgs
  • RMPC Cantilever Lift with a safe working load up to 2000kgs
  • RMPT Tuck away Lift with a safe working load up to 2000kgs


  1. Lift Pre-Check

As with any kind of machine you buy, testing your Skyjacks commercial tail lift before using it regularly is a must. Before putting a load onto the lifting platform, run the lift through a complete cycle, checking for any hydraulic leaks and abnormal noise. The operator of the lift must make sure all nuts, bolts and pins are secure. As with all machines running normal operations wear and tear naturally occurs, hence the daily check recommendation. Skyjacks commercial tail lifts are designed to accommodate South African working conditions with a tried and tested design backed up by a three-year warranty, however with daily checks, breakdowns and unsafe operations can be minimised.


2. Service and Maintenance.

Servicing your Skyjacks commercial tail lift every six months and load testing the unit annually is required to maintain your warranty. Adhering to these conditions, you will extend the life of the lift, minimise your down time and ensure safe operations.

Skyjacks Tail Lift

3. Operator Training

Your lift operators should ensure that their training is always up to date. Skyjacks Wheelchair and Commercial Lifts promote regular training. Our lifts are designed to assist you with your operation, however, without proper operator training, your asset can become a safety hazard and a cost you more than just lost revenue to down time. We offer inhouse training for individuals and groups of up to 15 people.