Scissor lift hazard assessment guide & Template

scissor lift hazard assessment

Scissor lift hazard assessment helps keep workers using the scissor lift safe.

Scissor lifts are work platforms used to safely move workers vertically and to different locations. The scissor lift is different from aerial lift because the lifting mechanism moves the work platform straight up and down using crossed beams functioning in a scissor-like fashion.

The main aim of this scissor lift hazard assessment is to conduct an investigation into the hazards and risks involved with the transportation, operation, maintenance, and servicing of the equipment.

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The result of this hazard assessment will:

  • Ensure people at work (and any other personnel) are protected against health and safety risks associated with the use of the equipment.
  • Possible hazards and risks are assessed with respect to use of the equipment and control measures incorporated to maximize safety.
  • For each identified risk, the probability and consequences of occurrence are assessed and the control.

At the end of the risk assessment, measures will be implemented to reduce this risk as far as practicable.

How is the risk assessment done

The generic risk assessment procedure also apply to the scissor lift hazard assessment. It follows thus:

  • Hazards identification – Hazards associated with the plant or ‘systems of work’adopted identified.
  • Determine who could be harmed, and how.
  • Evaluate the risk associated with each hazard and rate them based on likelihood and severity. The risks will be rated as high, medium or low. This rating will help in prioritizing control measures.
  • Controls implemented to reduce risks associated with the identified hazards – These include design and any other measures which are put in place to reduce risks associated with the hazards as far as practicable.

The result of the scissor lift hazard assessment will help workers use scissor lift safe work procedures.

Scissor lift risk assessment templates 

This template will safe as a guide in designing your own risk assessment for the same equipment.

Hazard assessment template 1

Hazard assessment template 2

Contents of the risk assessment

Some of the essential contents of the risk assessment are:

  • Name of organization
  • Name and description of the equipment
  • Task description
  • Name of the person(s) who prepared the risk assessment, with signature and date
  • Name of the person who authorizes of the risk assessment, with signature and date.
  • Hazards identified
  • Corrective measures, etc.

NOTE: This list of contents is not a standard, parameters can be added or excluded from it based on need.


Further Reading

How to use the risk assessment matrix effectively

Working at height risk assessment




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