Aerial lifts and scissor lifts are used so often for so many different types of jobs that it’s easy to forget how high they reach. When you’re caught up in work, you can lose sight of the reach capacity of many lifts – but hopefully not high enough where you lose sight of the ground. (Don’t worry: no aerial lift reaches that high!)
Aerial lift safety has never been more important or visible in the news. A recent OSHA event highlighted the importance of fall protection on aerial lifts, scissor lifts, and aerial work platforms (AWPs).
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) helps protect workers by creating safety and usage standards for most industries. Recently, ANSI released updated standards for aerial lift safety and training. These can be found in the ANSI A92.22 Safe Use and A92.24 Training Standards.
ANSI A92 is intended to bring the worldwide aerial lift industry closer to a global standard. It addresses the design of new aerial lift equipment and the training operators, supervisors and maintenance workers must have. The new standards will apply to all aerial lift owners, operators, users, dealers and manufacturers.
In terms of safety, the most important thing for scissor lift and aerial lift operators is training. Without the skills and knowledge to properly operate machinery, accidents and injuries are inevitable. Ideally, you want OSHA compliant aerial lift and scissor lift training, which CMO offers for everyone involved with this type of heavy equipment work.
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The construction industry plays a crucial role in keeping the economy growing. Construction work is an exciting and rewarding career, but without proper training it can be dangerous. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, Almost one in five of these were in the construction industry. That’s about 80 construction workers that die on the job each month. With the right training, however, many of these deaths and injuries can be avoided. Continue reading