Scissor lift recommendations/Construction Outlook survey
The South Australia coroner’s court recommends spotters for scissor lift operators
The death of a construction worker in Adelaide has prompted the coroner’s court of South Australia to recommend that people on scissor lifts should be monitored at all times by a ‘spotter’ below.
This was one of a series of recommendations made by the court that, if legislated, may help prevent similar incidents to the workplace death of 54-year-old Jorge Alberto Castillo-Riffo.
On November 27, 2014 Castillo-Riffo went to work at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital construction site where he had been employed in the construction work for the building of the new hospital.
Castillo-Riffo had been using a scissor lift for the task of patching holes on the edge of the concrete slab of the third floor of the building when he was crushed between the lift and the slab. The coroner’s inquest determined that the work area had been unsafe, as the safety lowering lever on the lift had been difficult to see and access due to the positioning of the lift.
The resulting scissor lift recommendations include:
• Scissor lifts not be operated unless there is a
person on the ground operating as a spotter • The Elevating Work Platforms document dated September 2016 should be distributed on an annual basis electronically and in hard copy to all relevant building industry participants in South Australia
• The question of standardising scissor lift controls be given far greater impetus at a state and mational level and that it be elevated to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) for the commissioning of a project to pursue the standardisation of controls in scissor lifts.