High Reach Equipment Safety: Understanding OSHA Harness Requirements

High Reach Equipment Safety: Understanding OSHA Harness Requirements

Scissor lifts/boom lifts are essential tools for reaching high work areas, but safety is paramount. This blog post dives into the world of OSHA scissor lift harness requirements, helping you navigate regulations and best practices.

When are Harnesses Required by OSHA?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) prioritizes worker safety through a variety of regulations, including fall protection. However, there's a common misconception that OSHA always mandates harnesses for scissor lifts.

According to OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926.451(g)(1) https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/1998-07-21, fall protection is required for workers on scaffolds more than 10 feet above a lower level. Scissor lifts, in OSHA's view, fall under the category of scaffolding.

Here's the key takeaway: If a scissor lift has a compliant guardrail system in place, OSHA does not require workers to wear a harness. The guardrails themselves are considered a form of fall protection.

Important Note: Always Double-Check Regulations

It's crucial to remember that OSHA regulations can be complex, and interpretations may evolve over time. We recommend consulting the official OSHA website https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/regulations/standardnumber/1926/1926.453 for the most up-to-date information.

Safety First: Why Consider a Harness Even Without OSHA Mandates

While OSHA might not require a harness in every scissor lift scenario, there are strong arguments for using them regardless.

  • Extra Layer of Protection: Harnesses provide an additional safety measure in case of unexpected situations or guardrail malfunctions.
  • Contractor Policies and Local Regulations: Many construction contractors have stricter safety policies than OSHA, and they might mandate harnesses for scissor lift use. Local regulations in your area could also have specific requirements.
  • Peace of Mind: The peace of mind that comes from using a harness can improve worker focus and productivity.

Our Commitment to Safety

At Madaco Safety Products, we take safety seriously. We encourage all scissor lift operators to wear harnesses whenever possible, regardless of OSHA mandates. We also recommend adhering to all contractor safety policies and local regulations.

For further information, refer to the OSHA website or contact us directly. 909-614-1756

click on the below image that links to the harness combo to meet be OSHA compliant for MEWP.