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Broken Neck After Fall from Scissor Lyft at Philly Navy Yard: The Importance of Workplace Safety


On Monday, March 20th, a Philadelphia Navy Yard worker fell from a scissor lift while performing maintenance work. The incident occurred at around 9:30 AM, and emergency services were immediately called to the scene. The worker was rushed to a nearby hospital with head injuries and a broken neck.


The incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers associated with working at heights, even when using safety equipment like scissor lifts. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from elevated surfaces are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the workplace, accounting for approximately 14% of all workplace fatalities.


Scissor lifts are a common piece of equipment used in many industries, including construction, maintenance, and manufacturing. They provide a stable platform for workers to perform tasks at heights that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to reach. However, despite their safety features, accidents can still happen.


The cause of the Navy Yard worker's fall is still under investigation, but it is a reminder of the importance of following proper safety protocols when using scissor lifts. OSHA provides guidelines for the safe use of scissor lifts, including:

  1. Proper training: Workers should receive proper training on the safe use of scissor lifts, including how to operate them, how to perform safety checks, and how to respond to emergencies.

  2. Inspection and maintenance: Scissor lifts should be inspected and maintained regularly to ensure they are in good working condition. Any defects should be addressed immediately.

  3. Proper setup: Scissor lifts should be set up on a stable surface, and workers should use outriggers or stabilizers if necessary.

  4. Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE): Workers should wear appropriate PPE, such as a hard hat and a harness with a lanyard, while working on a scissor lift.

  5. Avoiding hazards: Workers should be aware of hazards such as electrical lines, uneven surfaces, and overhead obstacles, and take appropriate precautions to avoid them.

The Navy Yard worker's fall is a tragic reminder of the potential dangers of working at heights, even when using safety equipment. It is important for workers and employers to prioritize safety when working with scissor lifts and other elevated equipment. By following proper safety protocols and taking appropriate precautions, workers can reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.


If you or someone you know has been injured in a workplace accident involving a scissor lift or other elevated equipment, it is important to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages resulting from the accident. Don't hesitate to call The Oakes Firm. We can help you understand your rights and options.


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