Loading and unloading of a scissor lift platform
Scissor lifts are typically transported between workplaces on a truck body, trailer or low loader, requiring a person to either load or unload a scissor lift utilizing access ramps or other means.
Factors to be considered when loading/unloading a scissor lift:
- Position of vehicle, trailer or low loader to scissor lift.
- Load capability of ramps for mass weight of plant.
- Location of recently backfilled trenches.
Hazards and risks
Hazards associated with the loading and unloading of a scissor lift from a truck, trailer or low loader, would include but not be limited to:
- Unanticipated movement of scissor lift during loading/unloading operations potentially exposes persons to risk of death or serious injury and damage to plant should the scissor lift roll off ramps;
- Environmental factors e.g. gradient of surface, overhead services, etc are potential hazards that may result in death or injury to multiple persons, damage to plant and property;
- Operation of scissor lift on public roadway without controls may result in death or injury to multiple persons, damage to property.
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.
- Loading and unloading of a scissor lift from a truck, trailer or low loader.
- Contact with overhead electrical parts.
- Towing and retrieval of a scissor lift.
- Movement of a scissor lift on a road, street, carriageway.
- Vibration caused by operation of scissor lift.
- 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 loading and unloading of a scissor lift.