Scissor lifts are very large pieces of equipment, and although they provide a work platform for operators, they can quickly turn from safe to destructive. OSHA has recently issued a warning concerning the use of scissor lift.
OSHA states, “When not used properly, scissor lifts can present a serious hazard to workers. This Hazard Alert highlights specific hazards present in workplaces where scissor lifts are used and controls employers must implement to prevent injuries or fatalities.”
Do I Need a Scissor Lift Certificate to Operate a Scissor Lift?
Yes, you do need to be certified to operate a scissor lift.
OSHA regulations state that all personnel who work with or near scissor lifts must be trained and certified. It is an employer’s duty to ensure operators are competent and confident to operate scissor lifts safely following the successful completion of training. Training should include cover how to operate scissor lifts, perform inspections, assess the environment, and prevent accidents.