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Formally known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), under the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A92.20 will replace A92.3, A92.5, and A92.6. Aerial Work Platforms (AWPs) will be replaced by Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). The new ANSI A92 Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) includes design, safe-use, and training standards. All North American manufacturers and operators need to understand and abide by the new safety features for future compliance.
After finalization, the new standards will classify equipment into two different groups. Group A is consisted of MEWPs that move vertically but stay inside the tipping lines, and Group B includes all others, such as boom-type MEWPs where the platform extends past the machine’s chassis. In addition, the equipment is grouped into three types. Type 1 can only be driven in the stowed position, Type 2 can be driven elevated but is controlled from the chassis, and Type 3 can be driven elevated but is controlled from the work platform. The new standards A92.20 (for design), A92.22 (for safe use), and A92.24 (for training) will replace the current standards A92.5 for boom supported platforms and A92.6 for scissor type platforms. Please familiarize yourself with the following key changes:
An active load sensing device will be required on all A92.20 MEWPs. Machines will actively monitor load and interrupt normal operations by sounding an alarm if overloaded. Users need to be sure no overloading occurs on machines built under A92.20.
Most rough terrain equipment will only be available with solid tires or foam-filled tires based on the new stability testing guidelines. The A92.20 requires machines to be tested when air-filled tires are deflated.
For outdoor use, machines may require increased machine weight for more stability and reduced platform capacities, particularly in scissor lifts and vertical masts.
Machines that could previously only operate on level surfaces will be able for use on slopes. These machines will be required to have a tilt sensor alarm and cutout. If the incline surpasses the slope limit, the system will disable boom and drive functions.
Flexible devices, such as chains, will no longer be acceptable entrance gates. In addition, the toe boards must be on all areas of the platform. Gates and toe boards will replace chains on entrances on electric scissor lifts, vertical masts, and boom lifts.
The railing height requirement will be raised for small indoor scissor lifts. To fit through standard doorways, taller, folding rails will replace fixed, nonfolding rails on select models.
With a broad range of products and training options available to owners, operators, dealers and rental companies, JLG is committed to meeting and exceeding ANSI and CSA standards.
Genie has been proactively working on a response to implement the new requirements across its entire product range to offer effective, robust, and reliable solutions worldwide.
Per Skyjack, the ANSI standards dictate stability, testing, and safety requirements to access equipment manufacturers to ensure the marketplace receives and uses certified machines.
ANSI empowers its members to strengthen the U.S. marketplace position in the global economy while helping to assure the safety and health of consumers and the protection of the environment.