How Will the New ANSI Standard Affect Hy-Brid Lifts?

09/12/2019

Hy-Brid Lifts have always been designed as safe solutions for working at height. Therefore, ANSI A92 changes have a relatively minimal effect on our existing scissor lifts. We're pleased to see that the updated ANSI A92 standard is not simply another set of rules to comply with, but a cultural shift in the way the aerial work platform industry approaches elevated work. There are three essential parts to the new guidelines:

The A92.20 Design Standard

specifies design calculations and stability criteria, lift construction, safety examinations and tests, and is predominately intended for work platform manufacturers.

The design standard only applies to new MEWPs manufactured after A92.20 is published.

Changes to Hy-Brid Lifts

The A92.22 Safe Use Standard

specifies requirements for application, inspection, training, maintenance, repair, and safe operation of lift equipment. This standard is predominately intended for owners, users, and operators.

The safe use standard applies to all existing and new MEWPs.

The A92.24 Training Requirements Standard

provides methods and guidelines to prepare MEWP training materials, defines administrative criteria, and delivers elements required for proper training to implement the A92.20 safe use standard requirements. This standard is predominately intended for individuals or companies offering training.

The training standard applies to all existing and new MEWPs.

For more information about how the new ANSI A92 design, safe use, and training standards may affect your business, please check these IPAF resources:

DEALER GUIDANCE USER GUIDANCE

Terminology & Categorization

Per ANSI A92 guidelines, aerial work platforms are now referred to as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). MEWPs are seperated into two groups:

  • Group A are MEWPs with vertical movement and a centrally located platform that stays within tipping lines at all times. Group A MEWPs primarily include scissor lifts.
  • Group B are any aerial lift that does not fall into Group A with a platform that extends past tipping lines in any direction. Group B MEWPs primarily include boom lifts.

MEWPs are further categorized into three types:

  • Type 1 MEWPs can only travel when in the stowed position.
  • Type 2 MEWPs can travel with the work platform in the elevated position, controlled from a point on the chassis.
  • Type 3 MEWPs can travel with the work platform in the elevated position, controlled from a point on the work platform.

Mobile elevating work platforms Type 2 and Type 3 can be combined.

Types of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms Diagram

The Hy-Brid Lifts Push-Around Series is categorized as Group A, Type 1 lifts, while the Pro Series and Zero-Turn Series are Group A, Type 3 lifts.

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