Regulatory Requirements and Industry Standards are the minimum to a safe work environment. You shall and "should" have written authorization on file for all modifications made to your equipment. Currently the only avenue that will not result in a "de minimums" violation is that you (end user) has the written approval from the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) approving the product accessory.
All responsible OEMs respond to a request to modify their equipment.
Certifications / Compliance
Only the Mobile Elevated Work Platform manufacturer has complete access to the designs, testing results, assembly specifications, and other proprietary information that determines your mobile elevated work platform’s final capabilities. Always defer to the Manufacturer’s recommendations. Manufacturers have a responsibility to communicate and give response to safe operating limitations to the Users and Operators of aerial work platforms request. They may be violating law and industry standard by failing to do so.
Wind’s Effects on Operations.
Work on or from scaffolds is prohibited during storms or high winds unless a competent person has determined that it is safe for employees to be on the scaffold … Wind screens shall not be used unless the scaffold is secured against the anticipated wind forces imposed. See OSHA 1926.451(f)(12).
Know your requirements and obtain operational guidlines and limitations.
- ANSI regulations require Manufacturers / Dealers / Owners to provide training, instruction, and guidelines regarding intended use and operation of their equipment to ensure User and Operator safety.
- What constitutes safe operational envelope depends greatly on the type of equipment, the condition and maintenance of the equipment, and the environment of intended use.
- TUTUS guarantee and certifies its manufactured products to be safe for use on intended equipment in all level, stabilized, non-wind environments.
- TUTUS defer(s) to the OEM Manufacturer’s guidance and authorization for all other situations. TUTUS recommend(s) all Users and Operators remain within the safety envelope designated by the Manufacturer for the specific equipment and environment.
- Please contact your local dealer for assistance obtaining operational guidelines and limitations.
- Dealers, Lessors, Rental Fleet Managers please send your questions to [email protected]
Aerial Work Platforms as Scaffolds
Scaffold Rules apply to AWPs.
Mandatory Screening Requirements. In addition to wearing hardhats, each employee ... shall be provided with additional protectionfrom [falling objects] through the installation of toe boards, screens, [and] guardrail systems .... Where there is danger of falling objects, the following provisions apply:
- Paneling or screening extending from the toe board or platform to the top of the guardrail shall be erected ... sufficient to protect employees below; or A guardrail system shall be installed with openings small enough to prevent passage of potential falling objects. see OSHA 1926.451(h)
OSHA Drop Prevention and How It Applies
OSHA requires a 2-inch toe board, and paneling or mesh continuing from the toe board to the top of the guard rail. This can be omitted for ladders and access points only. However, if employees are going to work in the vicinity of an access point, and there is a possibility of tools or materials being stacked near the access point, then the mesh or screening must be replaced. OSHA’s only definition of “in the vicinity” is stated as within 10 feet. This definition would include the entire basket on most aerial lifts. It applies unless employees are not utilizing tools or materials that may create a falling hazard i.e. conducting visual inspections only. Therefore, it is an OSHA citable violation to use an aerial work platform or scissor lift without dropped object protection mesh properly installed thereon.