A scissor lift operates by contracting a series of folding supports, which in turn raises a work platform. These lifts are common in construction, maintenance, and repair work, making elevated work areas accessible that would otherwise require the time and expense of fixed scaffolding. These helpful devices do not come without risks. Over 50 workers are killed each year in scissor lift accidents which is why having proper OSHA safety training in the workplace is vital.
Typical mobile scaffolding injuries occur due to:
• Operating on an uneven surface
• Encountering holes, debris, and drop-offs while operating elevated
• Climbing above or leaning over the 42-inch minimum top rail
• Overloading and collapsing the boom (i.e. using a manlift as a material crane)
• Making contact with electrical conductors with an uninsulated portion of the lift
• Neglecting to deploy outriggers or brace sufficiently against tip-over
• Making body contact with electrical conductors or entering the induction field
• Operating the lift in inclement weather or low visibility conditions
• Inexperienced or untrained operators
• Unobserved, uncorrected mechanical or structural defects in equipment
Both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have a series of rules designed to protect employees using scissor lifts. American National Standards Institute requires that employees inspect scissor lifts before use. ANSI also specifies that:
• Equipment only be moved or adjusted when the scissor lift is in the retracted or grounded position;
• Brakes must always be set to lock the equipment into place when workers are lifted,
• Workers are to remain within the confines of the lift at all times during operation; and
• They must wear the proper fall protection equipment.
While the ANSI regulations are only recommendations, OSHA has a series of regulations governing the use of Scissor Lifts. These regulations are 1926.451, 1926.452, 1926.453, and 1926.454.
These regulations for scissor lifts include securing the boom or ladder in the stored position when the vehicle is in motion, employees must have a body harness and lanyard attached to the bucket or boom, and obeying weight limits of the boom and bucket posted by the manufacturer.
OSHA requires that a qualified person train all users. The training must include:
• Any electrical, fall, and falling-object hazards
• Procedures for dealing with hazards
• How to operate the lift correctly
• Manufacturer requirements
• Personal Protection Equipment
• Fall Protection
Complying with these requirements can prove overwhelming for a company, requiring you to either create a training program of your own, or absorb the cost of finding, selecting, and contracting with a third party training provider.
THE ONE STOP SOLUTION
Happily, there’s an easier way to meet your scissor lift training needs. Here at Safety Services we have developed a “Do-It-Yourself” training program that is both simple to administer and will meet all your OSHA requirements.
Our Scissor Lift training kit is a simple three-step solution that allows a knowledgeable person train all your employees and bring your company into compliance.
1. Classroom/online training – The first step of our program is an intuitive electronic training session. Through the program, employees can navigate a computer based training program at their own pace, and then take an automatically graded test. The kit also includes presentations and printable student handouts that your instructor can use for classroom lecture presentations to groups of students.
2. Field training – The second step of training is in the field. During this portion of the session, your appointed trainer shows the trainee the infield applications of the materials they learned in the classroom session.
3. Evaluation – The third step to the training session is evaluation. Through this step, the trainer either evaluates the trainee and signs off on certification or retouches on topics that need more work.
SCISSOR LIFT SAFETY TRAINING KIT CONTENTS
This innovative kit features an Interactive Training Program, Student’s Handbook, Instructor’s Handbook, OSHA Regulations, Student Tests, Training Logs, Certificates, Wallet Cards and More.
• General information on mobile scaffolding and scissor lifts
• Electrical hazards, fall hazards, and falling object hazards in the area
• The correct procedures for dealing with electrical hazards and for erecting, maintaining, and disassembling fall protection and fall object protection systems
• Proper use of the scissor lift, and proper handling of materials on the scissor lift
• And much more
Our Scissor Lift training program will allow you to ensure that your company is currently compliant, and will remain that way in the future.
Now is the time to make sure your employees, capital assets, and your business are protected. Effective safety training will ensure your employees are qualified and safe. All certification through the program meets OSHA requirements. If you have a question about safety manuals or are ready to order our Scissor Lift safety training kit, give us a call at 888-461-5023.