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Safe or not safe?

3. April 2019 | Comments (5)

A reader has sent us a couple of interesting photographs of scissor lifts working in a way that he thinks is less than ideal. What do you think?

Swiss scissors
Two scissor lifts raising a wood beam

Taken in Switzerland they show two slab electric scissor lifts lifting a wood beam between them. The beam is placed across the guardrails and is being lifted to a height of around four metres or so. The lifts - from the Maltech rental fleet -look like JLG 1932Rs which have a 230kg platform capacity – so it is almost certainly within capacity in terms of weight....

Swiss scissors overview
Another view of the site nice to see powered access being used

But is it an acceptable and safe method for carrying out such a job? Or should it join our Death Wish series? Clearly it is nothing like many of the shocking work practices that make up most of the series, but these might even be indoor only machines?

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Emailed Comment
5. April 2019 11:25

Good morning,
Handrails are not designed to be used for lifting materials, perhaps alternative method should?ve been used, Genie hoist, telehandler, Valla crane etc.

Kind Regards,

(A senior Appointed Person - Lifting operations on a major construction project - He made no mention of whether we should use his name or not - so we have not )

Emailed Comment
5. April 2019 00:06

Whatever the weight they are lifting?that?s a good way to topple both scissors if the centre of gravity of the load shifts too far one way or the other.


3. April 2019 18:14

Although I have no scissor lift experience but 18 years of MEWP exp. I think the job could be done either with a telehandler or boom crane. It is hard to see if the workmen have on harnesses and lanyards but their other PPE is good for average safe practice.

3. April 2019 14:56

Scissorlift are designed to lift man and their material. This wooden beam doesn,t look that heavy and if it was, the overload System would Prevent them to lift it. Anyway working like this is one of the safest Solutions.

3. April 2019 11:44

Immer wieder wird gedacht , das Geräte ja eh heben.
Ob die Last auf dem Geläder oder auf der Plattform liegt ,scheint vielen ganz egal zu sein.
Habe schon 100 fach auf Messen gesehen , wie ganze Stände mit sechs , sieben acht Bühnen auf Kommando hochgezogen werden.
Ist leider so !



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