Scissor lifts are usually regarded as relatively safe. Not as high as boom lifts, not as fast as forklifts, usually used for indoor work – many factors give the false impression that scissor lifts are pretty much safe to use.
Unfortunately for one North Carolina worker, the misconception was realized.
On Monday, April 13, Hal Rue, a Department of Administration employee, was working at the State Archives building in downtown Raleigh.
Soon after, disaster struck. Mr. Rue and a co-worker were attempting to access an outside light (proving that not all scissor lift work is done indoors) when the scissor lift toppled over, falling on him.
It hasn’t been determined how high Mr. Rue had the aerial lift, what model was used, or whether the equipment was properly maintained and inspected. Continue reading