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Scissor lift stupidity

8. February 2019 | Comments (3)

Spotted at the end of October in the centre of Stroud, Gloucestershire in the UK, a man using a compact Rough Terrain scissor lift to work on the façade of an old building.

This is an excellent machine for the job, and he is using the levelling jacks to great effect, exactly as they were intended. BUT he has no mats/spreader plates under the jack pads, in spite of the fact that he is operating partly on an old pedestrian pavement/sidewalk, and partly on the tarmac road, with a strong likelihood that there is an old cellar or other void below.

Stroud death wish
Working in the street - never mind the traffic

OK it's true that the machine is not that heavy, but the pads are small and given he is working at full height with some sway inevitable, the ground bearing pressures on each jack can be high and variable. On top of that he has made no attempt to cordon the machine off from passing traffic in a busy street, or to alert pedestrians to the risk of walking below a work area. On top of that, one wonders if he has a permit to work in the street – and what might a traffic warden do given that the machine is set up on double yellow lines – which indicates ‘No parking or stopping’.

Our correspondent said: “I did try and talk to him but he could not he hear me due to the engine running the onboard generator.”

Stroud death wish
No mats, not cones or barriers and no parking

Definitely one for our Death Wish series.

Have a safe weekend.


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11. February 2019 11:42

Having been the Building Control Surveyor for that area for over a decade, I can confirm that there are basements to these properties.....

8. February 2019 22:00

The truth is and the truth hurts. I have been WAH for 18 years. I have yet to understand why people will skirt the risks just to tackle a job they might wish they never accepted...once they are injured. To mitigate risk is not rocket science just common sense. This fellow probably has little or no previous experience in a MEWP. I hope he does not meet with jury or death while makes the building look better. Fool me once, fool me twice but you won?t fool me again.
Sherm Anderson
Mountain View, Arkansas, USA

Stop the Lunacy
8. February 2019 18:42

... and this surprises you how? Hows that PAL program working out? Isn't this IPAF's home turf? Isn't this were it all "happens" for the GLOBAL AWP (sorry-mewp) industry? Hmmm - am I missing something here?

I'm NOT cynical ... I speak truth




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