New crane and derrick regulations announced in late 2010 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), requires owners of material handling equipment with a lifting capacity above 2,000 lbs. to employ OSHA-certified crane operators when performing construction activities. The new regulation places a burden on small businesses and sign companies using lift equipment, according to lift-truck equipment company, Elliott Equipment Company, Omaha, Neb. As a response to feedback received from its customers, Elliott now offers a factory winch re-rating kit designed to reduce the winch capacity on Elliott HiReach products to 2,000 lbs. and therefore avoid the OSHA requirement for operator certification.
The kit, installed by Elliott-authorized dealers, includes all necessary components, charts and tests needed to establish a safe and factory rerated machine. Many Elliott HiReach owners do not currently use the full capacity of the winches currently installed on their equipment and would benefit by the re-rating without losing productivity. Elliott recommends that all HiReach aerial work platform operators carefully read their operator’s manual and receive adequate operator training before taking any Elliott Equipment Company product to the jobsite.