• Top Causes of Ladder Accidents


    Using quality ladders from your equipment rental company , inspecting your ladders regularly, and remembering how to use them safely can prevent almost all ladder-related accidents. Read on to learn about the primary causes of most accidents involving ladders and how you can avoid them.

    Incorrect Ladder Use The primary cause of all ladder accidents is using the ladder unsafely . For example, it is important to maintain three points of contact on a ladder at all times; in other words, one hand and both of your feet should never leave the ladder’s surface. It’s easy to forget this important rule and use both hands for the job you’re performing. Reaching over farther than the point of balance of the ladder is another cause of falls.

    Failure to Inspect the Ladder It is important to obtain a ladder through a trusted rental company and to perform inspections on any ladder before you use it. Even if you have used the ladder the day before, take a moment to examine it from top to bottom before its next use to ensure all latches and pins are secure. Old or damaged ladders can fail unexpectedly and cause an accident.

    Poor Ladder Placement Ladders need to be set at a safe angle in order to provide enough support and stability. The base should be secured to steady ground—have another person aid in securing the bottom of a ladder when you’re working at the very top. A poorly placed ladder is prone to leaning, slipping, and eventually falling, taking you with it.

    The Wrong Ladder for the Job Different ladders are appropriate for different jobs. You may require additional stability that a stepladder can provide, or the height of an extension ladder. Always ensure that you using the right type of ladder for a job. Never use one that is too short and attempt to overreach—this can easily lead to injury.

    Our stepladders and extension ladders are designed to provide extra stability and safety. A-1 Equipment Rental Center provides stepladders ranging from three feet to 12 feet in height, and extension ladders up to 35 feet to bring anything within your reach. Visit our website or call us at (650) 369-2992 for more information.

  • How to Properly Connect and Load a Rented Trailer

    To transport heavy equipment such as a tractor or forklift, you will need to use a trailer . If you follow correct safety procedures, you can safely tow loads with a pickup truck or large SUV. Always check your towing vehicle’s Maximum Gross Combination Weight to make sure you’re not pulling more than it can handle.

    Before you hit the road, you need to properly connect the trailer and secure the load. Check ratings on all hitches and other equipment to ensure that they can handle the weight you are transporting. For a step-by-step guide to connecting and loading a trailer, watch this helpful video.

    A-1 Equipment Rental Center has the rental trucks and trailers you need to transport materials and equipment for any construction or landscaping job. To inquire about availability and reserve rental equipment, call us at (650) 369-2992.

  • Why You Should Rent Moving Equipment When Making a Big Move

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    Moving to a new home or office is a serious task that requires serious equipment. Without a rental truck and the right tools, you will find that moving can be quite a lengthy and painful process. Some of the most noteworthy benefits of renting dollies, moving pads and moving a truck or golf cart from an equipment rental company include:

    Save Time Hauling boxes and large items downstairs and into your vehicle, across town, and then out of your vehicle and back upstairs is a time consuming process. With a set of dollies that are designed to safely and efficiently help you move several boxes or items at once, you can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes you to move all of your possessions. Rent a moving truck, and you can cut the number of trips you need to take across town as well.

    Reduce Risk of Injury In addition to improving efficiency, dollies and other moving equipment can make moving heavy objects much safer for you and your family. Dollies can help you avoid straining muscles in your back or dropping heavy objects on your feet, and moving trucks can make it easier and less physically stressful to load and unload boxes , appliances, and other heavy objects for cross-town transportation.

    Protect Your Possessions Moving pads can protect your furniture from scratches while also helping to keep your valuable possessions intact during the move. For some objects, such as pianos, specially made dollies that designed to protect large items and make them easier to move can provide you with peace of mind on the moving day.

    If you want to take a load off and make moving easier on you and your family, utilize the services of A-1 Equipment Rental Center . Serving the entire San Francisco area, we offer only the finest selection of dollies, trucks, moving pads, and other tools that can help make your move go smoothly. If you would like to speak with a representative about the equipment we can provide you with, call us at (650) 369-2992.

  • Rent a Bobcat Skid-Steer to Reduce Labor Costs

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    Using a Bobcat skid-steer loader can help reduce labor costs and shorten completion time on a wide variety of construction and landscaping projects. Available in a variety of sizes, skid-steers are very useful for moving and digging on any scale. Even for small-scale home construction projects, you can rent one of these vehicles and still stay within your budget. Some common uses of skid-steer loaders are:

    Construction With the standard bucket attachment, skid-steer loaders can efficiently move large quantities of material. Moving piles of sand, bags of gravel, and other materials to and from trucks becomes easy with a Bobcat. Use a pallet attachment, and a loader can replace a forklift. A concrete bucket will even turn your loader into a miniature cement mixer. Brooms and sweepers also make skid-steers ideal for jobsite cleanup.

    Excavation Skid-steers don’t just lift heavy loads—they can also dig and excavate. Use a special attachment to dig trenches for irrigation pipes, septic drain fields, and any other utility lines. Once your job is done, another attachment will help you compact the soil back into the trench. If you need to dig a narrow, deep hole, use the backhoe attachment. For especially rocky soil, use the powerful auger.

    Landscaping Whether you are working on the large lawn of a several-acre property or in the backyard of an average sized home, a skid-steer is the perfect all-around vehicle for any landscaping job. The smaller Bobcats can easily maneuver in residential yards and between houses. Special landscaping attachments will turn a skid-steer into a stump grinder and wood chipper so you can completely remove dead or unwanted trees and dispose of waste materials.

    To complete a large-scale project on your home, call A-1 Equipment Rental Center at (650) 369-2992 to inquire about rates for skid-steer loaders of various sizes. We can also provide you with rental trucks, rental tools, Bobcat attachments, and any other rental construction equipment you need to complete a do-it-yourself landscape or remodeling project.