New set of rules for Aerial Work Platforms
ANSI released a new set of rules for Aerial Work Platforms that go into effect starting December 10, 2019.
Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs), now called Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) are now classified in Groups, then sub-divided into Types.
– If a MEWP moves vertically but within the tipping lines, such as a scissor lift, it is classified as Group A.
– If the MEWP can move beyond the tipping lines (outriggers or wheels) it is considered Group B. A boom lift is an example of equipment in Group B.
MEWPS are further classified into Types:
Type 1: The equipment can only be driven with the platform in its stowed position Type 2: The equipment can be driven elevated but is controlled from the chassis Type 3: The equipment can be driven elevated, controlled from the work platform.
Owners and operators must now perform a site risk assessment prior to using MEWPs, document and share with all on the worksite. A rescue plan must also be developed and documented.
Worksites will now need a Supervisor, specifically trained in MEWP operation who directly supervises one or more MEWP operators.
All operators will need to be trained in the new standards before they can use a MEWP.
Training Requirements: Minimum 3-6 Hours
MEWP owners and operators must be ANSI compliant by December 10, 2019.
The below links provide further explanation.