As part of the new ANSI A92 updates, companies will be required to track and assess safe use procedures to a further extent. To help readers better understand the changes and how to acclimate to them, we’ve put together this quick breakdown which delineates the basics (not everything) of what you need to know.
The updated standards require that each job site undergo a thorough inspection before a MEWP can access, and be used on, the site. Sites should be inspected for specific safety hazards and job site characteristics, including (but not restricted to):
- Overhead obstructions
- Any potential inability of the ground/flooring to sustain the pressure and weight of a/the MEWP
- Confined areas (so that a MEWP appropriate to the job site is chosen)
- Electrical conductors
- Hazardous atmospheres
- Weather conditions
- Job site status/conditions
- Potential traffic hazards
Another step to the updated standards require control measures be taken if safety hazards are, in fact, identified. For example, if a hazard is found when the job site is searched for safety issues, then the appropriate manuals and safety procedures are required to be reviewed and adjustments must be made to address the hazards and avoid an unsafe work environment.
As part of the updated standards a step-by-step process is required to ensure a controlled area below and around any MEWP on the job site. This process will be an effort to avoid any persons or objects coming into dangerous contact with the MEWP or objects falling from the MEWP.
According to an article recently published on Aerial Pros, the below precautions should be considered when operating in and around a MEWP.
- When loading and unloading a MEWP from a transport vehicle on a public road, users and operators must take appropriate measures to protect everyone near the area
- Use warning cones or hazard tape to help secure the area
- Make sure signs and/or signal personnel wearing reflective clothing are visible to everyone working at a site or nearby
- Use flag personnel to warn people and other vehicles about the presence of the MEWP and transport vehicle when operating near roadways
The new regulations replace prior ANSI standards A92.3, A92.5, A92.6 and A92.8 which covered manually propelled aerial, booms, scissors and under-bridge inspection machines. The standards dictate stability, testing and safety requirements to manufacturers so that consumers are provided certified and safe machines for use. The updates are focused on moving North American equipment toward current global standards to reduce variances.
Some of the major changes stemming from the update include terminology changes, platform load sensing technology requirements, new wind force requirements, new stability testing, new railing height requirements, new platform entry requirements and more
Additional information on the new safe use requirements can be found in ANSI A92.22‐2018 and CSA B354.7:17 Standards.