It’s no secret, construction sites can be dangerous places. We talk a lot about how scissor lifts are a safe alternative to ladders and scaffolding but, like most tools, it is important to remember that accidents can still happen if they aren’t properly used. Because the difference can be life or death, we’re going to go through some of the ways to guard against scissor lift accidents.
We cannot stress the importance of employers regularly providing proper training enough.
Before workers use the scissor lift, they need to read through and understand the Operations and Safety manual along with familiarizing themselves with the safety features and controls. Scissor lifts vary model to model and it’s important to understand their differences.
Inspect the scissor lift
Prestart inspections need to happen before operation so malfunctions and missing parts can be identified. Never send your people on the job site in machines you would not use yourself.
Inspect the job site for hazards.
Make sure you inform your workers of possible hazards they might encounter during scissor lift operation.
Power lines should be de-energized.
Remember accidents happen. Instruct your workers to avoid power lines but de-energize them as well.
Make sure the only person operating the lift is the person it was assigned to.
This individual should be properly trained on operation, safety and the unique hazards of the job site.
During operation maintain awareness of the environment and what’s going on around you.
Retraining should take place if the lift or job site hazards change. If a worker has been seen using a scissor lift in an improper way or there is an accident, retraining needs to be held. Don’t wait until after an accident happens to start training.
Know your scissor lift, know the job site, maintain situational awareness and use common sense when operating a scissor lift.