Lift Tables

Meeting the Standards

The MH29.1-2012 Standard as published by ANSI, is the approved American national standard for scissor lift tables. The standard stresses the importance of high quality steel and capacity to meet all load ratings in a variety of situations. This standard was developed to provide a comprehensive safety standard and establish a minimum design and performance criteria to ensure the safe application and utilization of industrial scissor lifts.

With this release this Industrial Lift Standard is in conformance with the International Code Council (ICC) Standards and is recognized by the International Building Code (IBC). The IBC standard is adopted by regulators in almost all 50 states. Industrial scissor lifts users are assured that the manufacturers who design, build, and recognize MH.29.1:2012 meet these stringent standards.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is a private, non-profit organization that administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system. An American National Standard is a document that has been sponsored by ANSI-accredited standards developing organization (SDO) and approved by ANSI’s Board of Standards Review (BSR) as meeting certain criteria for openness, balance, due process, and consensus in standards development (ANSI’s Essential Requirements. ANSI’s SDO accreditation and American National Standard approval processes work in tandem to help make standards development in the U.S. an equitable and open process that serves both U.S. business and the public good. ANSI Standard is technically a misnomer for “ANSI-approved American National Standards,” since ANSI itself does not develop the standards. What most people think of as ANSI Standards are standards developed by one of the 230+ standards developers accredited by ANSI, and then approved by ANSI as having met the due process criteria spelled out in ANSI’s Essential Requirements.

Tom Andel authored a description for Material Handling & Logistics magazine profiling the earlier confusion among users in choosing between industrial scissor lifts and aerial type lifts; this has been addressed in ANSI MH29.1:2012-Industrial Scissor Lifts Safety Requirements. The updated comprehensive safety standard established minimum design and performance criteria to ensure the safe application and utilization of this equipment.

The Lift Manufacturers Product Section (LMPS) Industry Group of MHI released the update to serve as a guide for designers, manufacturers, sellers, installers, equipment specifiers, owners, users, and governing bodies of industrial scissors lifts.

Scissors lift tables provide versatile, ergonomic, and safe lifting solutions for virtually any material-handling application. By bringing the work to the worker, Alfacon Solutions’ lift tables increase a factory’s productivity, reduce worker fatigue, and significantly decrease the risk of serious back injuries to workers.

John Murdoch
John Murdoch is CEO of Alfacon Solutions Ltd., based in Canada. Murdoch is a thought-leader in both the manufacturing and materials handling sectors. Leveraging more than a quarter century of experience, Murdoch brings a unique perspective to engineered material handling solutions and the role of automation. Murdoch can be reached at