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HSE Issue Scissor Lift Warning

Apr 11, 2012

The HSE has issued a warning regarding the inspection and use of JLG 500 RTS scissor lifts following a review into the circumstances of three fatal accidents within a 4 year period in Europe.


It has been established that in all three cases:
  1. the oscillating axle lockout valve failed as the platform was raised, and,
  2. the lift/drive interlock system did not work allowing the platform to be elevated above 6.7m without the stabilisers being deployed. In addition, in at least one of the three overturns, the scissors lift was also driven with the platform above 6.7m which should not be possible.
  3. In each of the three cases this resulted in the MEWP becoming unstable in use, and the scissor lift overturned killing the occupants.


Full HSE Article can be read here


Training is a legal requirement. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) require employers to provide adequate training and to ensure that MEWPs are only used by employees who have received appropriate training in their safe use.

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