Scissor lift safety warning

Published:  06 January, 2011

LONDON: Britain's on the brink of collapse. The Health and Safety Executive issued a safety alert warning users and companies that lease JLG 500RTS and 400 RTS scissor lifts, to ensure that safety critical components are working correctly.

"This isn't just recommended by manufacturers but is also required by law," said HSE inspector Richard Clarke.

Owners and users of this type of scissor lift are advised to ensure that the oscillating axle lockout system and the lift/drive cut out switches are checked before the machine is next used and that users complete daily inspections and function testing of both elements.

The alert follows three fatal overturn incidents in Europe over the past four years caused when the safety critical locks failed to operate making the machines unstablel.

Mr Clarke said: "Though this safety alert is primarily to warn those who own and use these specific models of scissor lift, and those with similar interlock systems, it should serve as a reminder to all users of mobile elevating work platforms that there is a need to regularly maintain, inspect and test the equipment.

"Used as directed and with all the necessary checks, we continue to recommend the appropriate use of mobile elevating work platforms as a tool to enable work at height to be carried out safely," he said.

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