Afraid of Heights?

With an average of 200 deaths a year, falls continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers. Over 26% of workplace injuries and deaths are a direct result of slips, trips, and falls from one level to another. OSHA’s standard on scissor lifts and aerial lifts covers guidelines on inspection, use and training of scissor, and aerial lifts with the purpose of maintaining employee safety while operating such equipment.

Below is a list of OSHA guidelines covers to help you maintain employee safety!

  • [1926.450] – Definitions related to the use of aerial and scissor lifts
  • [1926.451], [1926.453] – General requirements
  • [1926.452] – Requirements for specific types of scaffolds
  • [1926.453] – Specific safety precautions to put in place while using lifts
  • [1926.454], [1926.21(b)(2)] – Training related to scissor and aerial lifts

Does the Aerial and Scissor lift standard apply to me?

Simply put…Probably. Under OSHA’s General Duty Clause (Section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act) employers are required to furnish each of their employees a workplace that is free from recognized hazards that are causing, or likely to cause, death or physical harm.

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Aerial and Scissor Lifts

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Date: 1/31/2023
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_____ personnel occasionally perform work utilizing elevated work platforms. The following guidelines have been implemented to help ensure the safety of its workers.


_____ has developed guidelines for the safe operation of aerial platforms and equipment (for example, man-lifts, telehandler, scissor lifts, ladder trucks, etc.) and to comply with 29 CFR 1926 and 29 CFR 1910.


This program applies to all operating units.


Aerial Lifts, as defined by _____, include the following powered industrial aerial devices used to elevate personnel above ground level:

  • Extension boom platforms
  • Aerial ladders
  • Articulated boom platforms
  • Vertical towers such as scissor lifts

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