Section I. TAIL LIFT
It is very important that each operator is instructed and fully familiar with the operation of
the tail lift. Each one should be advised of the dangers resulting from overloading the
Improper operation of this lift can result in serious personal injury.
The tail lift operator is responsible for working area safety.
When two or more people are in attendance, the operator must ensure he knows the
whereabouts of everybody concerned before commencing operations.
Do not overload - max load capacity is 1102 lbs (500 kg) or four persons. Remember
that this limit applies to both lifting and lowering operations.
The launch vehicle must always be in neutral with the parking brake applied before using
the tail lift. Make certain that the area behind the platform is clear before operating the
platform and at all times during operation. Never stand in, move through, or allow anyone
else to stand in or move through the area in which the tail lift may operate or into which an
unsecured load may fall.
Take particular care not to position any part of your body between the platform inner edge
and rear body of vehicle or handrails and outer edges of bridge.
When in transit, the tail lift must be secured in the stowage position with transport straps.
Always inspect the tail lift for damage before using it. If there are signs of damage to a
vital part or platform or the surface is slippery, do not use the tail lift until the damage has
been repaired or the platform surface has been cleaned.
In case of hose failure stop using the platform immediately.
Leaked oil is a hazardous waste. Ensure care is taken to dispose of oil and any oil
absorption material in accordance with local orders and environmental regulations.
Always keep the surface of the platform clean and clear of foreign objects to minimize the
risk of slipping and falling from the platform while working.
While operating the tail lift, pay special attention to how the tail lift pendant is located in
your hand. If you have to change the tail lift pendant from one hand to another, ensure
that the orientation of the tail lift pendant does not change, ensure that the umbilical cable
always points away from you, otherwise the operating switches of the tail lift pendant will
be transposed and incorrect operation could result.