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All Autoquip lifts are built with standard safety features to ensure a safe operation when using our lifting equipment.  We also offer advanced safety features designed to protect the particular needs of the customer’s application.  Safety products that further protect your personnel, equipment and operating zone.

Review the information on safety options below and to have any of these items installed on your custom lift order, give Autoquip a call.  Our experienced sales team will work with you to make sure the right lift and proper safety items are provided to get the job done and safeguard your people and product.  

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Personnel Protection

Safety Guards & Handrails

Autoquip offers safety guards and handrails that are customizable to any of our lift platforms to meet the safety requirements of your application.   Handrails and guards are ideal for preventing falls or containing loads as they are transferred.  We will custom build handrails and guards as you require that are either removable or permanently fixed to the lift platform.

Safety Mats

To ensure workers are safely located in the safe zone of one of our work platform lifts, we offer a pressure sensitive mat that is connected to the equipment control panel. These mats can be set up to disable the equipment from movement while the worker is standing on the mat, or it can be used to ensure the worker is in a safe zone to operate the equipment.

Bevel Toe-Guards 

Beveled toe-guards protect the worker’s feet and toes during the operation of the lift.  They are standard on lifts for pit mounted applications, but recommended as a custom addition to other applications where the lift platform is adjacent to another surface which could cause a pinch point.

Hanging Toe Indicator Skirt

A hanging toe indicator skirt includes a safety skirt material that hangs down from the protected sides of the platform approximately 8 “and includes a weight rod in the end of the skirt.  When the lift is being lowered, the rod will come in contact with the worker’s hand or foot should they be in the way, warning the worker to react.  The lift does not automatically stop with this type of indicator.

Electric Toe-Guard 

Electric toe-guards are made to stop the lift from downward travel if any obstruction is in its path.  The guarding consists of a metal bar or tube that is mounted below the entire perimeter of the platform deck and includes a limit switch which activates the lift to stop. The obstruction would have to be removed before the lift could resume operation.

Non-Skid Walking Surface

For walking areas on work platform lifts, the platform is constructed with tread-plate or by applying a slip-resistant paint finish to prevent slipping.

See Platform Materials - Tread. 

Equipment Safety Devices

Velocity Fuses 

Standard on hydraulic lift systems. Hydraulic velocity fuses completely stop lifts in the unlikely event of uncontrolled descent due to sudden hose rupture.

Travel Limit Switch 

One of the most common devices for limiting travel is the use of an electric limit switch which can be set for almost any desired position of travel - from the "home" lowered position to a mid stop, or combined with a full travel limit switch. The use of the limit switch can be used to stop the lift or activate a position indicator light.  

Up-Stop Valve 

More commonly used on heavier capacity lifts like our Titan lifts.  This valve uses the hydraulic system to stop the up travel of the lift when either the scissor leg or a bar comes in contact with this valves plunger thus shutting off the fluid to the cylinders stopping the upward motion. 


A photo-eye sensor uses a beam of light to detect the presence of an object and stops the lift from any further movement until the object is removed and lift controls are pressed again.

Light Curtains

Safety light curtains are optic-electronic fences or detection devices which detect personnel or large objects when they pass through the sensing field.  These safety light curtains are positioned around the work area to help detect interference while the lift is in operation.

Accordion Skirts 

Accordion skirts serve to keep dust, dirt, and other debris from obstructing the lift’s vital operating functions.  It also serve as a barrier to keep workers out from under the lift.

Operating Zone

Safety Enclosure System

Gates or enclosure panels that prevent personnel in the lift operating zone and keeps them from being beneath the lift when the operator initiates downward movement of the lift.

Foot Activated Floor Locks 

Foot activated floor locks are commonly used on lifts with transport bases and are mounted to the base frame.  Depending on the application, a lift can have as few as one floor lock, or as many as four.  These are used to securely keep a lift in place by the worker pushing down on a foot pad which extends a stop pad by friction to the floor surface.  Floor locks can minimize the movement of the lift and if used with wheel locks will ensure the lift is stationary and cannot be moved around.

Emergency Stop Button

Emergency stop devices provide the operator a means of stopping the lift during an emergency by pushing a button in order to prevent injury to personnel or material loss. 

Key Lock Out Switch 

Key lock out switches allow control over the use and operation of the lift by the person responsible for being the only one to access and operate the lift.  Prevents misuse and injuries. 

Collision Detection 

These types of devices are typically used on traversing equipment when either the traversing envelope is out of view, or in an automated or semi-automated application.  Laser scanners are programmed for the area and specific application.  When in use, the scanner continually monitors the area it was programmed for and looks for any brake on the safe zone.  If there is a breach, the equipment can either sound an alarm, flash a caution light, or even stop the lift equipment until the area is cleared and the system is reset.

Audible Signals 

Audible signals provide a warning sound that the lift equipment is moving.  They can be tuned to match the areas noise level.  Commonly used in Freight Lift applications to let others know the lift is in motion to the next level.

Flashing Lights

Similar to the audible signals, an indicator light is used primarily in the same manner but creating a visual notification for awareness.   

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