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Safety Can Be Uplifting

Safety Can Be UpliftingAbout 25% of people who die using scissor lifts and similar platforms are electricians. These deaths are, almost without exception, preventable.

One common way electricians die when using lifts is they fall off of them. Don’t rely on the railing alone to protect you, and don’t stand on the railing. Wear a harness; clip the lanyard to the lift cage, platform, or boom.

A tip-over is another common way electricians die. Take specific measures to prevent a tip-over. First, get the lift on a surface that's as level as is practical and extend the stabilizers. If the surface is unstable, add support as needed (e.g., put plywood under the stabilizer feet). If the lift isn’t on something stable, it’s not safe.

Sometimes, the person who dies isn’t the person in the lift, but a “ground crew” person who’s crushed by a falling lift. Don’t stand under a lift if you’re part of the ground crew. Stand away from where the lift might fall. If, for example, the lift will extend 20 feet up, try to stay 20 feet away from the base of the lift unless there is a reason you need to be there in that moment.

Electrocution is another common way electricians die when using lifts. The problem here is the assumption that the lift provides some sort of protection. It doesn’t. Use the PPE that’s appropriate for the energy level, and follow standard electrical safety practices including lockout/tagout.

Operate only lifts you’ve been trained on.

Source: Mark Lamendola | Mindconnection