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Mobile elevated work platforms (MEWP's). The new ANSI standards were released December affecting owners along with operators and supervisors currently operating on aerial lift work platforms. This includes Boom lifts, scissor lifts and under bridge inspection machines.
This new standard is designed to improve and enhance safety equipment standards to be similar to the international standards. This creates more competition in the global marketplace when providing for companies and equipment manufacturers.
Aerial work platforms are now known as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP). Machines will now be broken up into groups instead of being classified for equipment type. If a mobile elevated work platform is able to maneuver past the tipping lines it is considered a group B.
Type 1 work platform can be driven when the platform is not elevated. Type 2 is when equipment can be driven elevated but operated from the chassis. Type 3 allows the operator to control the work platform when elevated.
Both considered a Group A platform because they never extend beyond the wheels or tipping point line and the lift is able to be operated from the platform.
Group A, Type 3 MEWP Stock-Pickers and Electric Scissor Lifts
Group B Type 3 MEWP Boom Lifts
An aerial lift platform that extends beyond the wheels or tipping point and can be operated while on the elevated work platform is considered a Group B.
Develop a risk assessment and site safety plan. For both companies and full-time owners who now and then rent aerial lift equipment must have a plan documented and shared with everyone on the worksite.
Risk Assessment and safety plan include:
The plan must be shared with all workers at the workplace or job site and should be added to the company training manual.
Mandatory documented training remains for aerial equipment operators. Occupants and supervisors are now required by the new standard.
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