How to operate a Scissor Lift Carlisle

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using a scissor lift to perform job tasks around the workplace. While there is no need to have a High-Risk Work License to operate the scissor lift, one must have training in handling the equipment and controls. One can undertake an EWPA Yellow Card course to get the needed training. And even when one has a high-risk work license (WP), it doesn't mean you can operate the scissor lift. One must have familiarity with the scissor lift operation first.

Prevention of Accidents

The scissor lift is a drivable machine having a platform that raises people and equipment to a higher place to do work. Injuries and fatalities involving scissors lifts happen when the workers do not address:

  1. Stabilization
  2. Fall Protection
  3. Positioning

Use Trained Personnel Only

Employers must allow only trained personnel to operate the machines and that too only after they show that they can operate the scissors lift properly. They must make sure the workers wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when working on the machine. The scissor lift must have guard rails installed and the workers must stand only on the platform and NEVER on the guardrail. When working, make sure the work is within easy reach so the worker never has to reach or lean out.

Safe Operating Conditions

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe movement. Work with the scissor lift alone or make sure other vehicles and equipment cannot contact the scissor lift. Make sure the ground surface at the workplace is firm and level before commencing work. Work in pleasant climates only; do not work if the wind speeds are 28 miles per hour.

  • When you position the scissor lift, make sure you are not crushing and will not cause it to crush anything. Try to avoid electrocution hazards. Watch out for workers nearby.
  • Exercise caution when there is an object that could contact the scissor lift.
  • Check for any moving vehicles in the vicinity of the scissor lift.
  • Take care when you pass under a door frame or overhead support beam.

Always position the scissor lift to avoid heat flashes or energized power lines. The easy way to do this is to use traffic control measures.

Follow Operating Procedures

Make sure other vehicles and workers do not get too close to the scissor lift. Make sure it is safe to use by going through the maintenance checks.

  1. Test the various components and controls before using them.
  2. Make sure the brakes (when set) will hold the scissor lift in place.
  3. Ensure the proper condition of the guard rails.

The employer must train workers using the manufacturer’s instructions on working near or on the scissor lift. They must know how to handle on-site hazards such as electrical wires. Also, they must report any maintenance needs or equipment defects before they begin their work. They must know and follow the weight criteria and equipment handling procedures as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Always climb into the scissor lift using the gate on the side rail. After you get inside, make sure you close the gate well.

On January 28, 2021