Material and personnel lifts are indispensable equipment on almost any construction site. It is vital that these machines are designed, operated, and maintained responsibly to avoid workplace accidents and injuries.
OSHA imposes the following rules and requirements regarding the safety of elevators and material lifts on construction sites:
- Each elevator should be visually inspected every morning before the shift start
- The upper landing gates should be closed before operation
- The elevator floor should be clear of debris or any other objects and obstacles that could potentially interfere with the machine’s operation or pose a risk for the operator
- No more than three workers, including the operator, should be on the lift with the load at the same time
- The machine must not be operated in high winds (most machines are limited to wind speeds of less than 28 mph)
- Perform regular, thorough safety checks on the machine
- Only trained workers should operate the machine after they have proven they can operate it properly
Elevators, material lifts, scissor lifts, and other similar machines, provide a safe and reliable way for workers to conduct their job when they function correctly, and when used as intended. Otherwise, they present a serious health hazard and can cause fatal injuries.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a lift accident, we can help you determine who is at fault for the injuries and losses and fight to recover fair compensation for your damages. Our lawyers at John M. O’Brien & Associates have represented many construction accident victims and can advise you on the best course of action that will ensure a positive outcome for your case.