Safe work method statement - Scissor lift - General operation of scissor lift
Operation of 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 determine the size and type of 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 the general operation of a scissor lift in the performance of a task would include but not be limited to:
- Structural failure of a scissor lift when set up on a structurally inadequate surface or uncompacted ground surface;
- Damage to scissor lift where operators have not been instructed as to the control measures to be implemented to eliminate or minimise risk;
- Death or serious injury to persons where an operator has not been instructed as to the controls to implement when operating a scissor lift on an incline;
Safety procedure includes
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.
- Faulty and defective plant.
- Accessing and working from the platform of a scissor lift.
- Information contained on a data plate or load chart.
- Job preparation and planning prior to operation.
- Alteration or modification of a scissor lift.
- Pre-operational inspection.
- Operation of scissor lift.
- Contact with overhead electrical parts.
- Movement of a scissor lift on a road, street, carriageway.
- Operation of scissor lift in a confined space.
- Vibration caused by operation of scissor liftP.
- Personal protective equipment.
- Training requirements.
- Failure to monitor controls.
- Risk matrix and descriptors.
- Additional hazards, risks and controls.
- Approval and change management form.
- Sign-off for operation of a scissor lift.
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