A Construction Worker Dies When a Fully Extended Scissor Lift Falls Over

California Case Report: 10CA008

SUMMARY

A construction worker died when the fully extended scissor lift from which he was working fell over. The victim and two co-workers were in a scissor lift that was fully extended 20 feet above the ground. They were attempting to remove a planter box from the exterior wall of a parking structure. The work crew was shoveling dirt out of the planter box into a plastic trash container on the platform of the scissor lift. While the work crew was removing the planter box from the wall, it suddenly shifted and struck the scissor lift, knocking it over. The scissor lift was rated for 500 pounds.

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