How to avoid scissor lift accidents

Scissor lifts are mobile platforms on a scissor-style mechanism which rise vertically and they can be used both indoors and outdoors. They’re usually used in the construction and maintenance industry for work at height including electrical and mechanical work, or painting and decorating, and as with any mobile elevated work platform (MEWP), they pose a risk to those operating them.

Avoiding accidents when using a scissor lift

There are a number of steps you can take to reduce your risk of scissor lift accidents at work – here are a few tips:

  • Ensure that operators are trained to use the specific type of MEWP or scissor lift in question, and that it’s appropriate for the work being carried out.
  • Never lean over the guardrail when using a scissor lift – if you accidentally operate the controls to move the platform, you could become trapped between the guardrail and the overhead structure.
  • Never operate a scissor lift alone – there should always be someone to supervise in case anything goes wrong.
  • Follow health and safety regulations as set out by your employer – this includes wearing any PPE provided (such as a helmet or harness) and not using the scissor lift during high winds, snow or stormy conditions.

By following the above tips, you can greatly reduce your risk of an accident at work.

What to do if an accident happens

Even with the necessary training, slips (moving the joystick in the wrong direction) or lapses (forgetting to change between the lift and drive function) can still occur, causing a scissor lift accident. If you’re injured at work in one of these accidents, it’s important to establish who is to blame. If you have not received the necessary training or been provided with safety equipment, you could claim for compensation.

Claiming for compensation

A personal injury lawyer can help work out who was responsible for your accident and subsequent injury. Just call Accident Advice Helpline today on our freephone number – 0800 689 0500 – and we can get the ball rolling on your claim – most claims can be processed over the phone, so the chances of you having to attend court are slim. Even if you’d just like to chat about the process with a qualified expert, give us a call and one of our team will be happy to discuss your situation in confidence, with no obligation to proceed.

We’ve helped hundreds of people just like you with their personal injury claims, and our 100% no win, no fee* service speaks for itself, so call us today on 0800 689 0500 – we’re open 24/7.

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