Ellwangen, Southern Germany
A GSL scissor lift dating from 1998 collapsed suddenly in Germany yesterday seriously injuring a man on the platform.
The man, 23, was working on the ceiling of a workshop in Ellwangen to the north of Aalen in Southern Germany. He fell around six meters to the ground, he was treated at the scene by the paramedics and sent to hospital with suspected spinal injuries.
Police are investigating the incident, but have told Vertikal.net that they have no clear evidence at this point, apart from the fact that witnesses heard a loud noise and that the scissor lift mechanism collapsed in on itself.
The unit was built by GSL (German Standard Lift) in 1998, 11 years ago a serious safety warning concerning weld defects and defective brakes, on some of the lifts built by GSL shocked the German access industry. The investigation is already focusing on how the retrofit work was carried out and perhaps the quality of those kits.
The warning stated that All S 88 and S 106 units built between January 1992 and March 1996 and all S 90, S 111, S 131 and S 151 units built between January 1992 and January 2002 may suffer from sub-standard weld quality which could result in the scissor packs breaking apart during usage.
The machine has apparently been well maintained, with all regular service inspections documented, with the next major test and maintenance not due until June. Due to the severity of the incident
A GSL S90 E10 scissor lift