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The Health and Safety Executive have issued a safety warning regarding scissor lifts. There have been a number of workplace accidents involving the scissor lifts, which have resulted in employees sustaining injury. Tragically, five people in Europe have lost their lives in three separate accidents involving scissor lifts.

All of those who have lost their lives in accidents involving scissor lifts, sustained fatal injuries when the scissor lifts became unstable overturned.

The Health and Safety Executive have warned anyone using scissor lifts to make sure that the oscillating axles lock out systems and lift/drive cut out switches of JLG 500RTS and 400 RTS scissor lifts specifically are working properly. The HSE recommends that a daily inspection and function tests is carried out on scissor lifts.

In terms of the Work at Height Regulations 2005, all employers must ensure regularly maintenance, inspection and repair of the working platforms. The accidents involving the scissor lifts, which resulted in five people tragically losing their lives, highlights the importance of employers taking their duties and responsibilities in terms of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and other regulations seriously.

I am pleased the Health and Safety Executive are warning employers of the risks of using scissor lifts and only hope that the warning message reaches all of those organisations and individuals affected and that those affected take heed.

The full Health and Safety Executive Safety alert can be viewed at :


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