Working Safely with Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are work platforms used to safely move workers vertically and to
different locations in a variety of industries including construction, retail,
entertainment and manufacturing. Scissor lifts are different from aerial lifts
because the lifting mechanism moves the work platform straight up and down
using crossed beams functioning in a scissor-like fashion.

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. Employers are
responsible for keeping workers safe.

A new Hazard Alert - published by the US- American Occupational Safety and
Health Administration - highlights specific hazards present in workplaces where
scissor lifts are used and controls employers must implement to prevent
injuries or fatalities.

OSHA's investigations found that most injuries and fatalities involving scissor
lifts were the result of employers not addressing:

  • Fall Protection

  • Stabilization

  • Positioning

More information - Source: U.S. Department of Labor