Commonly found on construction sites across the United States, mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) lift workers, tools and supplies for the completion of many different types of overhead projects. Formerly known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), MEWPs will be subject to standards from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group. When ANSI publishes the new MEWPs safety guidelines, adjustments will follow.
Before renting your next MEWP, you should be aware that, along with its name, MEWP training terminology will change as well.
Here are other areas of focus:
- Design, calculations, safety requirements and test methods for MEWPs
- Safe use of MEWPs
- Training requirements for the use, operation, inspection, testing and maintenance of MEWPs
While the committee continues to work toward finalizing these standards, manufacturers all over the world are already operating according to ANSI requirements. So, whether you’re a contractor or a homeowner, feel confident renting a MEWP from your local, ARA-affiliated rental store. These businesses will help you rent the best MEWP for your application while also making it easy to understand new MEWP regulations through information and pre-rental training. To locate a rental store near you, visit RentalHQ.com.
When the new ANSI standards are released, you’ll find that information at RentalHQ, too!