Fall protection is a controversial topic within the industry, say sources. According to ANSI, the guardrails on the scissor lift serve as the fall protection. However, if local or worksite rules are stricter than the ANSI regulations, then the operator has a choice of using a fall restraint or fall arrest system.
"Within the standards and regulations, fall protection is not required on scissor lifts, as the guardrail system provides protection from a potential fall," says Boehler. "Rental businesses have no responsibility to supply fall protection with an aerial platform, but should offer appropriate fall protection choices to customers."
Truax agrees it's a good idea for rental businesses to make available fall protection for sale to support the equipment that's rented. This helps the rental customer be in compliance with its responsibilities as an owner, user and/or operator.
"The rationale is this," he explains. "Fall protection is 'personal protective equipment,' just the same as foot protection, eye protection, respiratory protection, etc., and is always the responsibility of the end-user. This required personal protective equipment [for scissor lifts] is no different."
How do you know if the person signing the contract or accepting delivery of the scissor lift is going to be the person operating it? There is no way you can always know, but there are ways to protect yourself from potential liability.
"Ultimately, training is the responsibility of the employer and not something that the rental company can control," says Boehler. "However, rental companies should have policies regarding the competency of their clients and should protect themselves with appropriate language in the rental agreement."
Rental businesses should always document the appropriate familiarization upon delivery of the unit.
"Dealers are responsible for keeping records of all training provided for a four-year period," says Ludwig. "It's important to note that 'familiarization' does not qualify an operator to operate an aerial platform unless that operator has already received training and has been determined to be qualified by demonstrated proficiency under the observation of their employer."
Other protection for rental businesses, Boehler says, should include:
- Ensuring the units delivered have been properly maintained and are fit for service
- Having an appropriate rental agreement in place, one that has been reviewed by legal counsel prior to use
- Offering applicable training to rental customers and their employees
Safety should always be in the forefront when in comes to your customers. The key to scissor lift safety is proper training for both your customers and employees. Partner with your suppliers to keep abreast of the latest regulations and operator training, and you'll have safe scissor lift rentals.
Do not operate unless ...
2. Always perform a pre-operation inspection.
3. Always perform function tests prior to use.
4. Inspect the workplace.
5. Only use the machine as it was intended.
And always remind customers to do the following:
Information provided by Genie Industries.