OSHA says scissor lifts require safety precautions

| Feb 18, 2016 | Workplace Injuries |

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, scissor lift users aren’t the only people responsible for preventing the injuries and fatalities these devices can cause. OSHA studied more than thirty incidents that occurred in a single year and declared that they would not have occurred had employers remembered to institute precautions for stabilization, fall protection and positioning. The agency has noted that employers are responsible for adhering to safety guidelines and that employees in Louisiana and around the country have the right to expect working conditions that don’t put them at risk.

Employers should only permit the use of scissor lifts in stable conditions that minimize their chances of falling or collapsing. OSHA-approved examples include level outdoor areas where lifts are isolated from traffic that might bump their bases and where wind speeds are lower than 28 miles per hour. It is important to adhere to manufacturer instructions about moving with the lift elevated, and employers must follow manufacturer rules for maintaining and inspecting their lifts.

OSHA mandates that lifts need to include proper safety rails that workers neither climb upon nor lean over. Workers also need to be trained in the proper verification and use of such equipment as well as in how to position lifts so as not to cause crushing or electrocution injuries.

Many professionals who get injured working with industrial machinery decide to seek workers’ compensation benefits to offset their medical bills and therapy costs and to provide a portion of the wages they lose while they recover. Victims often find it helpful to have the assistance of an attorney during the process.