Most equipment manufacturers, backed by OSHA and ANSI regulations and interpretations, agree that wearing a body harness and lanyard while operating a scissor lift is not required. In some cases, wearing the personal protective equipment (PPE) may add risk. For example, narrow-based scissor lifts have tipped from the force and momentum created by a person falling over the side of the lift. If an operator is wearing a body harness and tied to the machine by the lanyard, he does not have an opportunity to jump away from the falling machine.
Scissor Lift Lanyard & Site Specific Rules
Why do scissor lift manufacturers install lanyard attachment points?
Because some companies have site specific rules that require body harnesses and lanyards for scissor lifts, manufacturers install attachment points to better comply. Doing so ensures the operator is at least tied to a structurally sound point located low on the platform.
Body harnesses and lanyards can create a false sense of security. Education on the differences between fall restraint and fall protection for operators is vital. If misunderstood and misapplied, it can create more risk and harm.
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