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Understanding the ANSI A92 Standards for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms
    A wide variety of construction jobs involve working from heights, which may require the use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), such as boom lifts and scissor lifts. Formerly known as aerial work platforms, MEWPs lift workers, tools and supplies to the necessary heights for the completion of many different types of overhead jobs. MEWPs are covered by standards from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI is responsible for developing standards for products, services, processes, systems and personnel in the U.S. and strives to create the most effective and safe standards for operations. ANSI released an update to the aerial work platform standard, ANSI A92, that went into effect June 1, 2020.  Since the updated standard took effect, aerial lifts are now officially referred to as mobile elevating work platforms or MEWPs. The changes to the standard affect MEWP training, safe use and new equipment design, and they are intended to reduce accidents and improve safety and operation of MEWPs. The updates also allow for a more global standard for the MEWP industry. Before renting your next MEWP, you should be aware of some changes to the standards in these certain areas: Also, a written site-specific and equipment-specific rescue plan is required. While this has always been needed, until the ANSI A92 guidelines had been updated, it had not been specified in ANSI. So, for instance, you’ll need to write down how an operator will be rescued if they are stuck in an elevated boom that stops functioning.  ARA created the MEWP Train-the-Trainer and MEWP Operator Training so you can satisfy OSHA requirements and the new ANSI A92 standards. Learn more about the training here. If your machine is overloaded, take some weight out of the platform before continuing. Be aware that old machines are grandfathered in and do not need to be upgraded to meet the new requirements. Regardless of the machine you are using, it is important to not overload the platform. In addition, if the new MEWPs are rated for outdoor use, they will require wind stability testing and identification. Operators must choose “wind” or “no wind” depending on their potential exposure to wind. An ID plate on the machine indicates a wind rating, and wind exposure may restrict occupants and height of the equipment. Maximum wind speed if the MEWP is rated for wind is 28 mph. While original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are currently implementing design changes to MEWPs based on the new ANSI standards, these updates do not require rental companies to make an urgent investment in new equipment. Integration of new MEWPs into most rental fleets will likely take 8 to 10 years since the changes are not retroactive. But it’s still a good idea for equipment rental users to be aware of the new standards. mobile aerial work platform Your local, ARA-affiliated rental store professionals can help you understand these new standards through information and training, as well as connect you with available rental products to meet your MEWP rental needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above. Related articles: What to Look for in a Rental Trencher Selecting a Generator to Rent