ANSI Approves Standard for Use of Hoists

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on Feb. 7 approved a new standard that aims to protect workers when they use rope-guided and non-guided workers' hoists in construction and demolition operations.

ANSI A10.22-2007 – Safety Requirements for Rope-Guided and Non-Guided Workers' Hoists – is one of a series of standards that focus on construction and demolition operations. The A10 standards serve as a guide to contractors, labor and equipment manufacturers in the construction and demolition industry.

ANSI A10.22-2007 establishes minimum requirements for temporary personnel hoisting systems used for the transportation of personnel to and from working elevations during normal construction and demolition operations – including maintenance – and is restricted to use in special situations such as work in chimneys, chimney linings, silos, towers, stacks, shafts and similar projects; when necessary to hoist or lower a person in a boatswain's chair or equivalent; and for transportation of materials, but not along with hoisting of personnel.

"The A10.22 standard provides important safety requirements for the protection of individuals using rope-guided and non-guided workers' hoists while working in construction and demolition operations," said A10 Committee Chairman and American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) professional member Richard King, CSP. "The A10.22 standard is a valuable tool that encourages and supplies employers and workers with practical guidelines for providing a safer workplace."

According to ASSE, which serves as the secretariat for the A10 Accredited Standards Committee on construction and demolition operations, A10.22-2007 will be available soon in both print and electronic format. For more information, contact ASSE Customer Service at (847) 699-2929 or visit ASSE's Web site.

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