How to use scissor lifts safely

| Feb 22, 2017 | Workers' Compensation |

When used improperly, scissor lifts can be dangerous to workers in Louisiana. OSHA has found that most injuries and fatalities while using such devices are the result of insufficient training. When a scissor lift is in use, an employer should make sure that it is stable and that it is only being used by a trained employee.

There should be fall protections implemented to reduce the risks that a worker may face while using it. Basic fall protection best practices state that a scissor lift should have guardrails, which should never be used as an area to stand. Furthermore, the lift should be positioned in a way that makes it easy to reach without leaning. To keep the lift stable, it should be placed on a firm and flat surface that is isolated from other equipment.

Isolating the scissor lift means that nothing can come into contact with it and possibly knock the lift over. If outside, the lift should only be used during good weather conditions when wind speeds are projected to be less than 28 miles per hour. If work is to be done on a scissor lift near electrical wires, a worker should have relevant training and experience to reduce the odds of an injury.

If a worker is hurt while using a scissor lift or otherwise performing job duties, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may pay for medical expenses and replace a portion of lost wages. An attorney may be able to help a worker who has any questions about a case or is having trouble getting the benefits.