Updates To ANSI Standards Impact Lift Specification

Updated ANSI standards, combined with training and safety considerations, present challenges for managers.

The new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) lift safety standards that were released in 2017. Previously updated in 2006, ANSI creates standards that govern the design and use of aerial work platforms across North America. The updated 2017 standards, ANSI/SIA A92, Elevating and Vehicle Lift Devices, address changes to terminology, owner and operator training, lift classification, machine design and safe use.

Before technicians can safely and productively operate lifts, maintenance and engineering managers must make sure they have had the proper safety training and understand all lift features and functions. Technicians can create hazards if they operate lifts with which they are not familiar.

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