Genie raises awareness of new safety standards

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Genie is preparing the off-highway industry for forthcoming safety standards changes.

In support of the OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction week this week, the OEM is raising awareness about safe use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWP) in the aerial access industry.

The resources consisting of a white paper, video and additional information are seeking to educate operators and the wider industry on the new MEWP standards in North America, ANSI A92.22-2018 and CSA B354.7:17.

According to the new standards, safe use of MEWPs must include risk assessments of potential hazards, rescue procedures put in place in case of emergencies, selection and provision of appropriate MEWP for the task as well as regular inspections and repairs of the machines and adequate operator training.

“With the new standards on everyone’s mind these days, these new resources will help customers prepare for the changes going into effect in North America,” says Scott Owyen, Genie senior training manager at Terex AWP. “The goal of OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down each year is to raise awareness of best practices for working safely at height.

“The new MEWP standards in North America will go into effect soon, and our industry as a whole needs to start preparing now for the impact these changes will have on our fleets, our customers and equipment operators.

“Participating in the OSHA National Safety Stand-Down efforts gives us the opportunity to increase our customers’ awareness about the proper use of aerial equipment on job sites in compliance with the new MEWP standards.”

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