Why does OSHA require us to tie off in an aerial lift work platform that is already equipped with standard guardrails for fall protection? Body Restraint.
If you have ever been inside the platform of a boom-lift that was driven over a rough surface or had the lifting control sharply shifted can cause the platform to severely bounce. This bouncing action in certain scenarios can or could easily cause the rider to be thrown from the platform. To prevent a fall the rider must wear a safety belt or a full body harness that is equipped with a short lanyard attached to the work platform with the lanyard being short enough to prevent the person if they were to fall from being thrown off the platform. In other words the short lanyard prevents you from falling from the bucket as opposed to catching you mid fall.
Being thrown from a boom lift may seem like an obvious possibility to most , so maybe you’re wondering how a person could fall from the platform of a scissor lift. A scissor lift only moves vertically so it would seem to have less of a bounce risk and however this is where a mistakes are made. When you read OSHA standards for aerial lifts as well as ANSI A92.2 you will see they apply to extensible and articulating boom platforms but do not cover scissor lifts. Scissor lifts are actually covered in a separate ANSI standard that has not been adopted by OSHA. Since OSHA has no specific regulations addressing scissor lift fall prevention they refer to their scaffolding standards.
OSHA released a letter of interpretation clarifying the requirements regarding aerial lifts vs scissor lifts, “when working from an elevated scissors lift (ANSI A92.6 series), a worker need only be protected from falling by a properly designed and maintained guardrail system. However, if the guardrail system is less than adequate, or the worker leaves the safety of the work platform, an additional fall protection device would be required. The general scaffolding fall protection provision found in 1926.451(g)(1)(vii) reads in part, “[f]or all scaffolds not otherwise specified in this section, each employee shall be protected by the use of personal fall arrest systems or guardrails systems.”
Hopefully this has clarified any questions regarding harnessing aerial & scissor lift platforms. If you have any other questions or concerns visit OSHA for all regulations and standards involving equipment!
Tyson Foods and the Meals That Matter Team recently completed a deployment to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief. We were proud to have had a small role in this relief. Hugg & Hall’s Utility Services Division’s generator was sent to Texas, not originally knowing how it could best be used, but later becoming a huge asset to one Downtown Houston church.
The following statement was sent to Hugg & Hall by Pat Bourke, Tyson Foods’ Corporate Social Responsibility Department.
Big shout out to Hugg & Hall for use of the generator! Our actual setup site had shore power, so we didn’t use the generator there, but it came in handy for one church in downtown Houston.
This church was feeding many victims & first responders at ground zero, and Tyson was providing them product, but they could only take 30-40 lbs. at a time. After our second delivery, I asked the youth pastor if the church had any access to cold storage. He said they had a very large walk-in freezer at their main campus, but that entire end of the city was without power. I asked him if he had an electrician on hand—he said he had two.
Later that afternoon, we placed the Hugg & Hall generator at the church—one hour later the walk-in freezer was up and running. Two hours later we were making a significant product delivery.
Hugg & Hall’s generator was a game changer for that church and the victims and first responders in the immediate area they were feeding.
Thanks again for the support!
Thank you, Tyson Foods, for caring about this area and Hugg & Hall is proud to have a continued role in the Meals That Matter Team!
What is ANSI?
The American National Standards Institute, or ANSI for short, is a nonprofit organization that creates and publishes thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector of our country. ANSI is expected to update current standards regarding access equipment design in late 2017. In order for North American manufacturers and operators to be in compliance with the new standards they will need to take new safety features into consideration.
The ANSI standards control stability, testing and safety requirements to monitor equipment manufacturers to guarantee the buyer receives and uses certified machines. “The new ANSI standard will broadly bring North American machines in line with equipment currently in the European market, reducing global variances,” spoken by Barry Greenaway, product manager, Skyjack.
The new ANSI A92 Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Design, Safe-use and Training suite of standards, including A92.22 for safe use and A92.24 for training, will be replacing the current standards A92.5 for boom supported platform and A92.6 for scissor type platform. The new standards issue new requirements such as new wind ratings, stability testing and active load sensing. Also, instead of using “aerial work platform”, it is now “mobile elevating work platform” (MEWP) terminology. So, because of these changes, familiarization and training will be required.
Manufactures have one year to stop productions on machines that meet the old standards from when the new standards are published. Existing machines will still be approved for use and they will not have to be updated to meet the new standards. The new standards have one single document that will cover all responsibility for MEWPs. The A92.20 standard will allow operators to self-familiarize and recognizes online theory training. Supervisors of MEWP operators will also need to become familiar and take training under the new standard.
“Education and proper training will be key for rental companies and operators when it comes to successfully adapting to the new ANSI changes,” Greenaway said. “We also recommend rental companies allocate adequate resources to respond to customer inquiries about the new ANSI standards.”