Important Legal Records You Should Keep When Working with a Scissor Lift in Your Site

2 September 2016
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Scissor lifts come in handy on your construction site when you are working high-rise projects. They are ideal because of their ability to rise several feet high, carrying equipment and workers enabling them to work on hard to reach areas. The mobile nature of scissor lifts is another added because people and equipment can move conveniently within the worksite. Notably, the nature and scope of work involving scissor is risky and you must take precautions to ensure the safety of your workers. This is why enforcement authorities often check the condition of such machines to guarantee the safety of the people using them. Here are some of the important legal records that enforcement authorities may need to see:

The Vendor's Handbook 

Safety enforcement authorities may need to see the vendor's handbook or manual with a declaration of conformity. This ascertains that the machine you are buying has been designed according to certain requirements, or necessary adjustment have been made by the vendor to make it suitable for work in your particular location. For instance, the safety requirements in your locality may require that all work platforms on a scissor lift should have a certain number of guardrails. Therefore, your vendor may have to modify the guardrails on the work platform before selling the machinery with a declaration of conformity to the requirements within your locality. You need to keep these records as proof that the machine was in appropriate working conditions when you bought or hired it for your project.

Record of Maintenance of Repairs

For legal reasons, it is good to keep a record of the maintenance and repairs that you carry out on your scissor lift. This includes thorough examinations of the machine by qualified personnel to guarantee that it is in working condition for your workers. Wirth proof of reasonable care and maintenance care for your scissor lift, you will avoid hefty penalties resulting from the negligence of worker safety where a person want to lay an injury claim based on a poor working condition of the scissor lift.

Records of Employee Training and Site Preparation

You also need records showing that you have taken necessary steps to familiarise your employees with the operation of the scissor lift. Basically, this is training that informs your workers of the dangers involved when working on or around the scissor lift as a precautionary measure to keeping them on the site. To add on that, it is also good for you to document any changes you made on the site to make it suitable for the operation of the scissor lift. A good example is reinforcing the ground with concrete slabs to make it sturdy enough for the movement of the machine.

For more information, contact companies like Aluminium Scaffolds (Vic) Pty Ltd.