Scis­sor lift rec­om­men­da­tions/Con­struc­tion Out­look sur­vey

The South Aus­tralia coro­ner’s court rec­om­mends spot­ters for scis­sor lift op­er­a­tors

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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.

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