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December 2013

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Are there any Oregon OSHA requirements for protecting workers from pinch points on scissor lifts?


Yes. The pinch points on the elevating assemblies of scissor lifts can cause serious injuries. Oregon OSHA's rules for scissor lifts require that operators are trained to follow the lift manufacturer's operating and maintenance instructions. [See 437-002-0074 Scissor Lifts – Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms.]

When employees do service work or maintenance on a scissor lift, they must also follow lockout/tagout procedures that cover pinch-point hazards. Lockout/tagout procedures are critical, especially when maintenance work requires that the platform to be elevated. ANSI/SIA A92.6 (Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms) also advises that workers who do maintenance work on scissor lifts fully lower or secure the elevating assembly by blocking or cribbing it to prevent it from dropping.

Although scissor lift operators are typically working on the platform and not exposed to the pinch points, they need to be aware of their surroundings and ensure that others stay away from the lifting assembly while it is being used. Operators also must ensure the lift's audible warning devices are working and that the warning signs are legible.

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