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Occupational safety and health regulations

The employer shall take measures necessary to ensure that:

  • Workers given the task of using work equipment receive adequate training, including training on any risks that will be encountered;
  • Workers receive adequate specific training.

International standards

The employer:

  • Has a duty of care for own employees and for all persons in the workplace including visitors
  • Must provide safe tools and equipment
  • Must provide safe workplace and environmnet
  • Must provide information, instruction, training and supervision
  • Must provide suitable PPE - free of charge
  • Must communicate health and safety policy to all employees

The employee:

  • Shares a duty of care for own safety
  • And the safety of others who may be affected by acts or omissions
  • Must cooperate with employer "in discharge statutory obligations"
  • Must not interfere with or misuse equipment provided for safety

ANSI A92 and CSA B354 standards

  • Work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is provided
  • Good working order, maintained and repaired
  • Employee must be authorized to use the equipment
  • Inspected at suitable internals to ensure machine is safe to operate
  • Employers must provide adequate training, to operators, supervisors and managers of all work equipment
  • If you have not been trained, you must not operate an AWP

Every lifting operation involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

For every AWP the operator must know:

  • Safe working load
  • Maximum number of people it can carry
  • Maximum safe operating wind speed
  • Evidence of a thorough examination

Other useful references:

  • ISO/DIS 18893 - Mobile Elevating Platforms - Safety principles, inspection, maintenance and operation
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act Regulations
  • Association of Equipment Manufacturers' Safety Manual for Operating and Maintenance Personnel
  • ANSI A92 Series Manual of Responsibilities for Dealers, Owners, Users, Operators, Lessors and Lessees
  • Avoidance of Danger from Overhead Power Lines
  • ANSI A92 Series of Standards for aerial work platforms
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