Some aerial lift operating methods are considered unsafe, but they’re not that obvious. That’s why it’s important to know the smallest details with OSHA safety guidelines. There is a tissue-thin difference between total safety and 99% safety, and getting trained and certified helps in the pursuit of zero workplace accidents and injuries.
While some working techniques aren’t that easy to define as safe or unsafe, others have that mind-blowingly, jaw-dropping, what-the-heck-was-that factor.
Ladies and gentlemen, we present some of the most amazing (and totally unsafe) aerial lift operations we’ve ever seen. Our team has witnessed some pretty crazy stunts, but these deserve a spot in the Knucklehead Hall of Fame, Aerial Lift and Scissor Lift Wing if they ever make one. (They absolutely should.)
You definitely don’t want to try these at home, or in the workplace. Aerial lifts and scissor lifts are designed to do specific things, and whenever they’re used in an unsafe manner, the possibility of a dreaded OSHA audit goes through the roof, not to mention hefty fines & penalties.
Before we reveal these head-scratching aerial lift and scissor lift activities, a quick word on training. Whether you’re an individual employee or a safety supervisor in charge of your company’s best safe practices, we provide the best aerial lift and scissor lift training you’ll find anywhere. We have three different courses to provide a solid working knowledge, instill safety at all times, and promote a more productive, efficient workplace. Check out our training courses and get started today!
Hazards Ahead: Unsafe Aerial Lift & Scissor Lift Practices
We’re guessing the following employees never received safety training. If they did, they definitely forget everything they learned!
Scissor lifts as scaffolding
We wouldn’t recommend this under any circumstance. This Reddit post shows construction workers using two scissor lifts to support a cross beam in a crazy scaffolding configuration. This unsafe arrangement has a ladder situated on top of two scissor lifts, about 20-30 feet apart. What’s more, there’s another ladder propped up on the cross-ladder, increasing the unsafe factor even more!
The scissor lift as a support structure – don’t try this at home
Proper scissor lift is a balancing act between productivity and safety. You want to be as productive as possible but should always keep safety first. For this construction worker, the balancing act is more literal than figurative. Check out this hazard waiting to happen.
No personal protective equipment? Check. No fall protection harness? Check. Unstable load distribution? Check. This epic scissor lift fail checks all the boxes for what NOT to do while working!
Unstable terrain = accident around the corner
Scissor lifts aren’t designed to travel uneven terrain, but somebody forgot to tell these guys. This YouTube video captures an unfortunate accident that could’ve been much worse. Let us set the scene: sloped wood planks, an inexperienced scissor lift driver, elevated heights. You probably know where this is going. Check out the video for yourself, but here’s a quick teaser.
Bottom line: never try to “rig” a platform for a scissor lift to travel. It rarely ends well.
Aerial lift misadventure – ignore terrain conditions at your own peril
We didn’t forget about aerial lift operators. This widely viewed YouTube video illustrates what can happen when you don’t pay attention to terrain conditions. Using a JLG boom lift, a landscape worker fails to navigate a slope, with predictable results. Watch the video below to see why it never pays to mess with gravity.
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These four incidents are just a handful of unsafe scissor lift and aerial lift situations that happen every day. With proper safety training, you’ll learn to avoid the most obvious hazards, and also become a safer employee, period. For employers, our three courses are ideal for getting compliance. Remember, it’s illegal to hire an untrained scissor lift or aerial lift operator. Sign up today and get your safety program off the ground!
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