WorkSafeBC requiring compliance reports following scissor lift injury

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Rentco Equipment LTD must supply WorkSafeBC with three notices of compliance reports after a scissor lift tipped over, resulting in a worker injury earlier this month.

The incident occurred on May 5th at the Holiday Inn Express parking lot at 9506 Alaska Road in Fort St John. 

According to a WorkSafeBC inspection report obtained by Energeticcity, at the time of the incident, the scissor lift was stationary and being loaded onto a tow truck flatbed to be taken to a Rentco shop for repairs.

The report states that the scissor lift was unable to drive under its own power and was difficult to steer due to a mechanical malfunction that needed to be inspected to figure out the cause of the failure.

While the tow truck operator and Rentco Equipment mechanic attempted to load the lift, it slid off the deck of the tow truck, causing injury to one of the workers. WorkSafe was unable to disclose any information about the worker or their condition due to privacy regulations.

WorkSafe says due to the complex brake system the manufacturer of the lift has specific procedures that must be followed when the unit has a mechanical driving issue that requires the lift to be towed or winched, which were not followed by Rentco employees.

“According to the manufacturer instructions the unit requires two hydraulic components to be functioned to allow the brakes to fully release, thus allowing the wheels to fully rotate,” WorkSafeBC said in the report.

“In discussions with [redacted], they said the wheels were having difficulty turning,” the report continued.

The manufacturer’s instruction also requires the lift to be inspected prior to use, something WorkSafe says was not done in this incident.

“They hadn’t completed a daily inspection as per the manufacturer’s requirements. Even though the unit was experiencing a mechanical failure, there needed to be an inspection completed prior to attempting to move the unit,” the report states.

The organization says the worker operating the lift was also not wearing fall protection, something that is usually required except under very specific circumstances.

“The unit must be on a firm level surface with no irregularities to cause platform instability. Being towed onto a deck of a truck and the wheels, not free-wheeling placed the unit in a position that caused platform instability as in this situation when the unit fell off the deck of the truck,” the report continues.

“The idea of the fall protection is to prevent the worker from being ejected outside of the guardrail system of the unit,” WorkSafe said in their report.

All three notices of compliance must be received by May 27th, 2022

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