Important Update! Deadline for Mandatory MEWP Safety and Training

Updated October 31, 2019

The deadline for the Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWPs) safety training and certification has been moved to March 1, 2020.

Members of the A92 Main Committee decided at the 2019 ASC A92 Aerial Work Platforms Annual Meeting, held Oct. 27-30 in Kansas City, Missouri to move the deadline from December 10th, giving everyone in the industry a big sigh of relief.

We called the Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SAIA), which serves as the secretariat for the A92 standards, to confirm the reporting.

According to Lift & Access magazine, “…two appeals, partially approved by ANSI this spring, have resulted in the delays. The appeals, brought by the ARA and Tutus Solutions, opposed the requirements that the Manual of Responsibilities (MOR) must be placed on every MEWP and that modifications or additions to a MEWP must be made only with the permission of the manufacturer. ANSI agreed that those provisions were not in compliance with ANSI’s commercial policy.”

“The Scaffold and Access Industry Association, which serves as the secretariat for the A92 standards, has been working with the appellants, other main committee members, and ANSI to reach an agreement and approval on language changes that the appeals’ decision dictated.”

What does this mean for you? You still need to have your operators and supervisors trained and certified.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) create standards that govern the use of aerial work platforms. The last big change to these standards was in 2006.

New standards were published on December 10, 2018. According to these new standards, owners and operators must meet the new ANSI training requirements, which include:

  • The ability to self-familiarize yourself with any machine that you have not been specifically certified on by reading the operators manual, doing a walk-around inspection, and understanding the limitations of the equipment.
  • Documentation of self-familiarization.
  • The ability to provide occupant training. 
  • Rules, regulations, and standards that apply to MEWPs, including operation, safe use, and training.
  • Potential hazards associated with the use of MEWPs and how to protect against them.
  • Where manufacturer’s operation manuals should be stored and how they should be used.

We have trainers onsite ready to help you. Please call 951-256-2040 today for an appointment. You can attend training at one of our Corona or Escondido locations. 

Other changes in the ANSI guidelines require owners and operators to:

  • Give more consideration to machine choice
  • Participate in extensive planning to determine machines based on application.
  • Perform site risk assessments for MEWP operations, including training.

Please contact us today to learn more about training.

What You Didn’t Know About SkyTrak Reach Forklifts

What You Didn’t Know About SkyTrak Machines

An Interview with Justin Davis

Justin is one of our top sales and rental professionals. He’s been in the business since 2006 and with West Coast Equipment since 2013. He works primarily at our new Escondido location, (which is often referred to as “SkyTrak Country”). In this interview, Justin explains why these workhorse machines are the number one selling reach forklifts in the United States, and why customers love them so much.

 

Why Do Some Customers Pick a SkyTrak Over a JLG Machine?

SkyTrak and JLG are both made by the same manufacturer and have the same performance standards. However, the SkyTrak machines have been around longer, since the 90’s, and so for many operators it has been their go-to machine for decades while other’s just like the feel of the machine better. That’s not to say that SkyTrak and JLG machines are exactly alike. There are slight differences that really make the difference for certain customers.

 

Better Visibility

SkyTrak machines have a slimmer boom and sit a little higher than the JLG machines which some operators say gives them more visibility.

 

Shorter Reach

SkyTrak’s total reach is 54 feet, which is a foot shorter than the JLG reach forklifts. For customers who want the extra foot, the JLG machine is for them, but for others 54 feet is just fine.

 

Interchangeable Attachments

For the past several years, the SkyTrak and JLG attachments have been interchangeable giving SkyTrak loyalists flexibility and additional options.

 

Anything New Coming with SkyTrak?

Don’t say that you heard it here but there may be some new exciting developments with SkyTrak coming in 2019. Stay tuned.

Need help with a SkyTrak purchase or rental, contact us today.

Polaris XD at West Coast Equipment

Polaris Pro XD Commercial UTV

Say “Hello” to the New Polaris Pro XD Commercial UTV.

We have them in stock and ready to take you around your job site.

The Polaris Pro XD has plenty of Diesel power and all the safety features required on job sites.

Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain

Engine Type  3-Cylinder 4-Stroke Tier 4 Diesel
Drive System Type 2WD, AWD
Maintenance Interval 200 Hours (50 Hour Initial)
Top Speed 26 MPH

Dimensions & Capacity

Cargo Bed Capacity 1,250 lbs (567 kg)
Cargo Bed Volume 12.6 cubic feet
Payload Capacity 1,900 lbs (861.8 kg), 2,075 lbs (941 kg)
Towing Capacity 2,500 lbs (1,134 kg)
Dry Weight 1,595 lbs (723.5 kg)
Ground Clearance 11″ (28 cm)
Person Capacity 2-4

Available for rent or purchase at all 4 of our West Coast Equipment locations.

Corona, Escondido, Paramount, and Chatsworth.