Do your employees work above ground on a regular basis? If so, you may be thinking about buying a scissor lift. Scissor lifts offer several benefits for companies that engage in above-ground work. They can be used indoors and outside. They replace the need for ladders, towers or scaffolding. They allow operators to complete jobs quicker by reducing setup times. The platforms can hold many different types of equipment needed for a job. Most important, scissor lifts provide safe access to hard-to-reach areas.
Clearly, there are many advantages to using a scissor lift. But buying one does require a big investment. So before you make the big decision, here are some important factors you need to know.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) helps protect workers by creating safety and usage standards for most industries. In 2018, ANSI released updated ANSI aerial lift standards for safety and training. These can be found in the ANSI A92.22 Safe Use and A92.24 Training Standards. Employers have until December 2019 to comply with the new standards.
ANSI A92 will bring the worldwide aerial lift industry closer to a global standard. It covers two main areas. One is the design of new aerial lift equipment. The other covers updated ANSI aerial lift training requirements. These new standards apply to:
- Aerial lift owners
- Companies that make aerial lifts
- Aerial lift dealers
- Lift workers
- Lift managers and supervisors