Scissor Lifts: Operator Safety

Course Description:

Thousands of workers use scissor lifts to perform work at heights across a wide variety of industries. But because of this high rate of usage, there is a similarly high rate of scissor lift-related accidents. Fortunately, the majority of these incidents can be prevented through proper training. This presentation will train scissor lift operators to appreciate the hazards associated with scissor lifts; minimize those hazards; and safely operate, handle materials on, and inspect and maintain scissor lifts.

By the end of the course, workers will be able to recognize the hazards of operating scissor lifts; identify common features of scissor lift equipment; inspect scissor lifts and maintain them in a safe working condition; demonstrate safe stabilization, positioning, and operation of scissor lifts; lift loads, tools, and other work materials properly; and prevent falls through safe work practices and by wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Course Duration: 29 minutes

Why “Scissor Lifts: Operator Safety” Matters:

OSHA requires employees working with or near scissor lifts to be trained in the hazards they may encounter while working with/near scissor lifts; how to minimize those hazards; the correct procedures for operating the scissor lift; how to handle materials on a scissor lift, including load capacities; and how to inspect and maintain scissor lifts. A large number of workers use scissor lifts to perform work at heights across a wide variety of industries, and there is a high rate of accidents. Most of these accidents and injuries are the result of employers failing to train their workers on proper fall protection, stabilization, and positioning practices when using scissor lifts. This course addresses that need.

Key Points:

  • When operating scissor lifts, be alert to tipover, equipment collapse, falling, crushing, and electrical hazards.
  • Familiarize yourself with the lift’s components, controls, weather gauges, warning labels, and operating manual.
  • Conduct visual equipment inspections before each shift and after incidents, and report any unsafe conditions to your supervisor so that the lift can be properly maintained.
  • Inspect your work area for overhead obstructions, firm and level ground, electrical power sources, and suitable weather conditions before operating your scissor lift.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s maximum load ratings and secure work materials inside the work platform.
  • Protect yourself from falls and other hazards by making sure your guardrail system is in good condition, remaining on an uncluttered work platform, and wearing any required PPE, such as personal fall protection, a hard hat, safety eyewear, and safety toe boots.