Aerial Work Platform
Update from Committee Week - April 2020
The council is conducting a gaps analysis between the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) AWP regulations and industry standards, a project that arose because of accidents that happened due to workers doing things based on different regulations. This gap analysis is the first step towards working closely with regulatory bodies to ensure that what happens out there is safe and practicable. The analysis is focused on five key issues: electrocution; falls from aerial lifts; aerial lift tip-overs, getting caught between the lift and the object; and being struck by objects outside of the basket. The chair reviewed the gaps analysis form and asked for members’ input. The council hopes to submit the completed analysis to the SAIA Regulatory and Review Committee in November.
The SAIA Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Council shall promote Safety Awareness through a more informed access industry. This council will champion the specific needs and requirements for all its stakeholders including manufacturers, dealers/distributors, owners, employers, users, operators, regulators and educators.
Utilize the AWP Council at Committee Week and the Annual Meeting as a forum to openly discuss issues that impact the AWP as a whole, then define initiatives to bring about resolution.
Pursue a leadership role regarding subjects that will ultimately benefit the entire industry by elevating awareness on elements that have may have been previously sheltered.
Strengthen the participation within the AWP Council by actively seeking participation then recruiting membership from all entities, with a focus on users of AWP equipment.
- Participate in the action items that are reflected in the SAIA-OSHA Alliance, in particular those that are associated with the Best Practices regarding AWP Training and Fall Protection.
WHAT IS AERIAL WORK PLATFORM EQUIPMENT?
A mobile or manually propelled device that has an adjustable position platform, supported from ground level by a structure.
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