(6 min.) Scissor Lift Safety program - a short refresher course - topics include basic operations, inspection, and safety checks. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 1993 and 1999, general construction averaged eight scissor lift related deaths each year. While some fatality victims were struck by objects such as booms and baskets, a smaller percentage was crushed between either the carriage or the basket and some fixed structure. Falls from the elevated platform seem to be caused primarily by a worker's unsafe acts such as leaving gate chains unattached, propping the gate open or climbing up on or leaning over the guardrail system. Some even fell from step and extension ladders that were set up inside the platform.