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Scissor Lift Safety
Scissor Lifts are Considered by OSHA as Mobile Scaffoldsby Will Tom Gray
OSHA regulates scissor lifts, More specifically, Self Propelled Elevating Platforms as mobile scaffolds rather than aerial lifts. The requirements for mobile scaffolds are covered in CFL 1926.452(w) .
OSHA requirements for the construction of mobile scaffolds are to be met by the manufacturer in the ANSI A92.6-1999 standard for Self-Propelled Elevating Platforms.
Personal fall protection for workers on scaffolds also applies to the Scissor Lift. OSHA states that a worker need only be protected from falling by a properly designed and maintained guardrail system. However, if the guardrail system is less than adequate, or the worker leaves the safety of the work platform, an additional fall protection device would be required. (To meet the guardrail standard the access gate of the platform must be securely closed.)
Before a scaffold is moved, each employee on the scaffold shall be made aware of the move.
Employers are prohibited from letting employees ride on the scaffold unless the following conditions exist As stated in CFR 1926.452(w)(6)
CFL 1926.452(w) / Requirements for mobile scaffolds