Washington members receive MEWP and Telehandler Train-the-Trainer education
By Brock Huffstutler
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Washington members receive MEWP and Telehandler Train-the-Trainer education

The current American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A92 Suite of Standards pertaining to mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) went into effect on June 1, 2020. With these standards now in effect, it is important for rental operators to stay in compliance and be ready to provide MEWP training to those in the industry who need it.

On Wednesday, April 14, and Thursday, April 15, the ARA of Washington hosted in-person, hands-on sessions — sponsored by Genie, A Terex Brand — that enabled members to get up to speed on the ANSI A92 standards. The full-day sessions took place at Genie's headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

The first day’s session featured a MEWP Train-the-Trainer course, while the second day’s session offered a Telehandler Train-the-Trainer course. Attendees who completed the courses became qualified to meet the requirements set forth in the ANSI A92 standards, which allow them to train other trainers and operators.

“The training was fantastic — by far the best off-site training I have attended in years. Very in-depth and informative,” says Dave Steele, general manager/vice president, Aurora Rents, Shoreline, Wash., who attended both sessions. “The ability to get on machines and hands-on was definitely the most helpful aspect. We covered a lot of information in a couple of days, but it really helped participants understand what the requirements for lifts and forklifts will be going forward.”  

The high marks given to the training by attendees like Steele is attributable to the professionalism and expertise of the hosts, according to Megan "Mac" Whittlesey, CERP, manager, Ideal Rent-All, Mount Vernon, Wash., and ARA of Washington secretary.

“The team at Genie were professional and fabulous, including product safety trainers Tom Meluskey and Michael Torres, and training director Scott Owyen,” Whittlesey says. “Genie has such a great culture. You can feel it the second you walk into their building and when you are first greeted by their team.”

Brock Huffstutler

Brock HuffstutlerBrock Huffstutler

Brock Huffstutler is the regional news editor for Rental Management. He writes and edits articles for ARA’s In Your Region quarterly regional newsletters, Rental Management, Rental Pulse and other special projects. Outside of work, he enjoys biking and spending time at the few remaining vintage record stores in the region.

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