Originally, scaffolding was the safe way to do work at height, but new inventions like the scissors lift have created a debate about which is better. In addition, it is beneficial for a business to have their workers certified in both to know the debate and issues involved as well. For scaffolding, a number of varieties exist but certification and following OSHA requirements are needed. For scissor lifts, there are a number of varieties as well such as aerial and scissor lifts. Aerials offer mobility and can move horizontally and vertically while scissors only move vertically. Either way, employers should train their employees to know how to use them properly. Also, scissor lifts are seen to provide a number of benefits over scaffolding, from greater access and safety to fewer risks of falls and inspection failures. The bottom line is to get proper training for either or both and to follow OSHA regulations.
- OSHA has requirements for the operation of both scissor lifts and scaffolding.
- Scissor lifts are considered superior due to reasons of access and operating costs.
- Scaffolding brings a number of safety concerns, such as the risk of falls and collapse.
“A scaffold is a temporary work platform designed to help employees safely perform tasks at heights. It is frequently used in construction.”