OSHA Scissor Lift Safety

This course presents an overview of safe operating procedures for scissor lifts including uneven surfaces, falling, overloading, overextension and more.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
English
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Scissor Lift Safety
  • Scissor Lift Fatalities and Injuries
  • Definitions
  • Responsibilities
  • Classification of Hazards
  • Operation on uneven surfaces
  • Fall Protection and Personal Protective Equipment
  • Overloading, overextension, and electrocution hazards
  • Electrocution
  • Overextension
  • Nearby Work
  • Inclement Weather
  • Inexperience and Improper Operation
  • Mechanical Defects and Maintenance
  • Inadvertent Operation

Course Description

This course presents an overview of safe operating procedures for scissor lifts including the responsibilities of owners, supervisors, and workers, hazards from uneven surfaces, falling, overloading, electrocution, overextension, nearby work, inclement weather, inexperience or improper operation, mechanical defects, and inadvertent operation.

The OSHA Scissor Lift Safety course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Scissor Lift Safety Course Outline

Course Objectives

Introduction to Scissor Lift Safety

Scissor Lift Fatalities and Injuries

Definitions

Responsibilities

Classification of Hazards

Operation on uneven surfaces

  • Degrees from Level
  • Obstructions or Holes
  • Surface Stability
  • Outriggers
  • Brakes and Wheel Chocks

Fall Protection and Personal Protective Equipment

  • Working Outside or Above Scissor Lift Railings
  • Three-Point Contact for Safety

Overloading, overextension, and electrocution hazards

  • Scissor Lift Load Limits
  • Use of a Scissor Lift for Transport of Materials

Electrocution

  • Electrocution
  • Minimum Safe Approach Distances
  • Scissor Lifts with Insulated Components
  • Contact with Overhead Wires
  • Power Tools

Overextension

  • Overextension
  • Emergency Stops

Nearby Work

  • Falling Objects
  • Crushing and Pinching in Scissor Lift Mechanisms

Inclement Weather

  • High Winds
  • Snow or Ice on Platform

Inexperience and Improper Operation

  • Training
  • Workers Riding on Lifts

Mechanical Defects and Maintenance

  • Inspections-When to Perform
  • Inspections-What to Inspect
  • Inspections-Work Location
  • Defective Scissor Lift
  • Safety Procedure After Mechanical Failure
  • Prohibition of Alterations and Overrides
  • Maintenance
  • Operator’s Manual

Inadvertent Operation

  • Platform and Lower Controls
  • Position of Controls

Summary

Additional Resources

Final Exam

Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

OSHA 29 CFR § 1926.454 Training requirements states:

This section supplements and clarifies the requirements of § 1926.21(b)(2) as these relate to the hazards of work on scaffolds [scissor lifts].
(a) The employer shall have each employee who performs work while on a scaffold [scissor lift] trained by a person qualified in the subject matter to recognize the hazards associated with the type of scaffold being used and to understand the procedures to control or minimize those hazards.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Retraining is required in at least the following situations:

(1) Where changes at the worksite present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(2) Where changes in the types of scaffolds, fall protection, falling object protection, or other equipment present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(3) Where inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving scaffolds indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency.

It is our recommendation that workers be retrained at least every three years.

What are the governing regulations?

This online scissor lifts (mobile scaffolds) training and certification course follows the regulations set forth in OSHA 29 CFR § 1926 Subpart L Scaffolds Safety Standards for Mobile Scaffolds, commonly called Scissor Lifts.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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