Scissor Lifts:  Scissor lifts provide a safe and reliable platform for workers to perform job tasks when used according to the manufacturer’s instructions. When not used properly, scissor lifts can present a serious hazard to workers.

Safe scissor lift use includes implementing the following safe work practices:

  • Visually check worksites to ensure they do not have any uneven surfaces,
    drop-offs or holes, bumps, floor obstructions or debris, overhead hazards,
    or other workers in the area.
  • Perform a pre-shift inspection that includes a visual check of the platform
    floor, guardrails and toe boards.  The inspection should ensure tires and
    heels are in good condition, controls are clearly marked for function and
    hydraulics are not leaking.
  • Perform a function test.  Test the ground controls, manual lowering control
    and platform controls, including emergency stops.  Check steering and
    drive functions.
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as a harness
    and fall arrest lanyard. Follow the operator’s manual or employer procedures
    and wear (PPE) as required or recommended.
  • Provide instruction.  All scissor lift operators must receive adequate instruction
    and demonstrate competency in operating the equipment.

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