ANSI

ANSI Modifications include new requirements for equipment manufacturers. While existing equipment does not need to be retrofitted to meet the new standards, construction firms considering the renting, leasing or purchase of new equipment should be aware of the following requirements:

  • All new MEWPs must have a gated entrance to the work platform; chains are no longer permitted
  • Some models will have reduced lift and load speed
  • MEWPs used on rough terrain will be required to have foam-filled or solid tires
  • Indoor-only equipment may be developed
  • The minimum height for equipment platform railings will increase from 39 to 43.5 inches; and
  • If the safe load limit is exceeded, an alarm must sound, and a sensor must activate that prevents normal operation.

By understanding and following the new ANSI standards for MEWP, builders and contractors will be in position to improve safety, avoid related accidents, reduce equipment breakdowns and maximize the cost savings, versatility, productivity and other benefits this equipment brings to their jobsites. 

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