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Safe work method statement - Scissor lift - Accessing areas

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Accessing a work area from a scissor lift

Scissor lifts are commonly used to access working platforms, aerial towers, buildings facades and other areas at a height to undertake construction or maintenance works.

  • The nature of work/s to be undertaken and associated hazards shall determine the method by which persons shall access a working platform from a scissor lift.
  • Scissor lifts are an effective and safe means of providing employees with access to work platforms, towers, etc.

Hazards and risks

Hazards associated with gaining access to a work area from the platform of a scissor lift would include but not be limited to:

  • Damage to scissor lift where persons have not been instructed as to the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise risk;
  • Persons are at risk of death where the scissor lift has contact with overhead electrical services;
  • Persons are at risk of falls from heights where controls are not employed to ensure safe access to a work area;
  • Death or serious injury to persons where a scissor lift fails due to ground subsidence not identified in a pre-start check;
  • Etc.

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Scissor lift - Access work area safe work method statement

Scissor lift - Access work area safe work method statement is a 14 page document compliant with statute OHS reporting requirements. It identifies known hazards and risks, and outlines the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise the risk of death, injury or illness generated as a result of accessing a work area from a scissor lift.
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Control measures

Control measures to eliminate or minimise the risk of death or injury to persons are addressed in the safe work method statement as per the following sections.

  • Consultation with employees.
  • Generation of hazards.
  • Identification and location of overhead and underground services.
  • Working with faulty and defective plant.
  • Positioning a scissor lift to gain access to a work area or platform.
  • Accessing a work area or platform from the platform of a scissor lift.
  • Contact with overhead electrical parts.
  • Vibration caused by operation of scissor lift.
  • Personal protective equipment.
  • Training requirements.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Failure to monitor controls.
  • Risk matrix and descriptors.
  • Additional hazards, risks and controls.
  • Approval and change management form.
  • Sign-off for accessing a work area from a scissor lift.

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