Elevated working platform safety regulations are laid down principles regarding safety on the use of “Elevated Working Platform“.
Lets us point out here some basic legal obligations regarding safe operation of an elevated working platform; be it power operated or not.
Elevated Working Platform Safety Regulations
1. Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (OSHO) and the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (FIUO) and its subsidiary.
The legal obligations on employers and contractors in relation to the safe operation of elevating work platforms at workplaces and in industrial undertakings are laid down under the provisions of
the Occupational Safety and Health Ordinance (OSHO) and the Factories and Industrial Undertakings Ordinance (FIUO) and its subsidiary regulation respectively.
2.2 Regulation 45 of the Construction Sites (Safety) Regulations
This regulation requires that only a trained and competent workman over 18 years of age is allowed to operate a mechanical equipment inside a construction site. No person under 18 years of age is allowed to give signals to the operator of the equipment.
2.3 The OSHO and the FIUO also impose general duties on employer and contractor
These include the legal requirements to provide their employees with plant and system of work that are, so far as reasonably practicable, safe and without risk to health. The general
duties extend to include that the employer and the contractor should provide all necessary information, instruction, training and supervision for operators and workers operating elevated working platforms.
2.4 Section 8 of the OSHO and Section 6B of the FIUO also impose legal obligations on an employee
This obligation stipulates that an operator of the elevated work platform should take reasonable care for the health and safety of himself and of other persons who may be affected by his acts or omissions at work.
2. OSHA MEWP regulation
The OSHA MEWP regulation is captured in the OSHA aerial lift standard. See regulation here
3. United States mobile elevation work platform (MEWP/AWP) industry standards
- ANSI A92.2 – 2015 Vehicle Mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Platform
- ANSI A92.7 – 2014 Airline Ground Support Vehicle-Mounted Vertical Lift Device
- ANSI A92.20- 2018 Design Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
- The NEW suite of A92.20/.22/.24 are published in December 2018 and are in effect December 2019
- ANSI A92.22- 2018 Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
- ANSI A92.24- 2018 Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
- ANSI A92.3 – 2006 (R2014) Manually Propelled Elevating Aerial Platforms
- ANSI A92.5- 2006 (R2014) Boom-Supported Elevating Work Platforms
- ANSI A92.6 – 2006 (R2014) Self Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
- ANSI A92.8 – 2015 Vehicle Mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Platform.
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4. Elevating Work Platform Safety in Construction ( It is not legal advice, just a guide)
The Ontario Ministry of Labour provides guidelines on “Elevating Work Platform Safety in Construction“.
This list of elevated working platform safety regulations highlighted here are not exhaustive.