Training costs money. And it also saves you money – much more than the actual cost of instruction, evaluation, and everything else related to the safety training process.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all forklift operators have thorough equipment training before using any aerial lift, scissor lift, or other type of aerial work platform (AWP).
Nature isn’t always kind to industrial job sites. In fact, it can often be downright ugly. High winds, floods, fires, earthquakes and tornadoes are just some of the natural disasters that can ruin a project. But disasters can also be manmade. These can include toxic gas releases, chemical spills, explosions and more.
Working at height requires a keen focus on safety. This starts with having the right equipment for keeping workers safe on the job. For years, scaffolding was the safest way to work above ground. But since the invention of scissor and other aerial lifts, scaffolding has taken a back seat when it comes to worker safety.
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.
Aerial lifts differ from scissor lifts when it comes to fall protection equipment. Since aerial lifts and other aerial work platforms (AWPs) extend to huge heights – some reach well over 100 feet into the sky – they’re subject to certain fall protection requirements from OSHA.
Scissor lifts, however, are much closer to the ground. Most scissor lifts have a maximum extension of 30-40 feet. That’s high enough to cause accidents and injuries from falls, but not quite as dangerous as aerial lifts. Continue reading