Total Equipment Training – Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Training
Scissor Lift, Man Lift, Boom Lift, Hotel Lift, Cherry Picker, Stock Picker…No matter what you call it or what type of lift your organization uses, OSHA requires that all aerial lift operators receive training to work on them, as well as, to recognize any kind of hazard that could make a lift task dangerous. Beyond the regulations for operating the aerial work platform, many lifts are covered under OSHA’s fall protection regulation 1926.503.
On average, 26 construction works die each year from an aerial lift accident, many of which are due to operator error or negligence. For the safety and welfare of your employees and bystanders at any given job site, it’s essential that all aerial lift operators complete the necessary OSHA aerial lift and certification training in order to reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities.
What is an Aerial Lift?
Aerial lifts are devices which enable people and equipment to access areas that are hard to reach. There are a variety of aerial lift types including Cherry Pickers, Scissor Lifts, Telescopic Booms, Articulating Boom Lifts, Stock Pickers, and many more. These devices can be powered by electricity, gas or hydraulic systems that power a series of supports used to lift the work platform.
ANSI Aerial Lift Safety Guidelines
The American National Standards Institute has a series of guidelines that aim to protect employees while using aerial lifts on any job site. In addition to their safety guidelines, the ANSI requires all aerial lifts to be inspected before use to ensure that the equipment is operating properly. ANSI aerial lift safety guidelines also address the following components:
- Workers must wear proper fall protection equipment while on or operating the lift
- Brakes must always be active while workers are lifted
- The aerial lift can only be moved or adjusted when the lift is in the retracted position
- Workers must remain within the confines of the lift during operation
OSHA Aerial Lift Training Requirements
While the safety regulations by the ANSI are only recommendations, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set requirements that all employers and employees that utilize aerial lifts must abide by. These aerial lift and aerial platform training requirements and regulations are OSHA 1926.21, 1926.453, 1926.454. OSHA’s safety requirements for an aerial lift certification include securing the lift or boom in a retracted position while the vehicle is in motion, employees must wear the proper fall protection including a body harness and lanyard attached to the bucket, lift or boom, and obeying the weight limited set by the equipment’s manufacturer. In addition, OSHA requires all aerial lift operator training to be conducted by a qualified trainer. The training requirements include:
- Procedures for dealing with hazards including electrical, fall, and falling-object hazards
- Properly operating the lift
- Fall protection procedures
- Equipment positioning requirements
- Personal protection equipment
- Equipment manufacturer requirements
OSHA AWP Certification Training Program Outline
Total Equipment Training offers a comprehensive, on-site Aerial Work Platform (Lift) training program which covers all pertinent OSHA certification standards. We tailor our program to meet your specific aerial lift needs and provide your employees with the knowledge to safely operate the equipment and the ability to recognize possible hazards, as well as, implement a program to minimize those hazards.
All operators will receive classroom training and hands-on training by our qualified trainers, and will take both a written test and a practical evaluation to evidence their competency and provide you with the necessary documentation of training required by OSHA.
Total Equipment Training’s Aerial Work Platform Training Program is approved by the US Department of Labor and OSHA recognized. It will include, but is not limited to:
Classroom AWP Training Outline
- Applications and types of equipment
- Inspection of the AWP
- Personnel safety – fall protection and PPE
- Federal and manufacturers rules
- Electrical hazards
- Principles of Operation
- Equipment considerations
- Load safety
- Federal and manufacturer’s rules
- Preventive Maintenance
Hands-On Training AWP Training Outline
- Personal protective equipment
- Load Handling
- Fueling and preventive maintenance
- Traveling when personnel are in basket
- Operational checks
- Pre-operation inspection
- Position of equipment (ground conditions)
- Control familiarization
- Driving equipment (both in basket and ground controls)
- Securing the machine
Are Your Employees in Need of Aerial Work Platform and Aerial Lift Certification Training?
At Total Equipment Training, our AWP certification trainers are experienced, thorough and the best in the industry. Our effective and efficient approach to aerial lift operator training sets us apart from other training programs. We bring our training program to your site, saving you time and money. In addition, our on-site aerial lift training can be customized to meet your organization’s specific needs and OSHA requirements. If you’re interested in one of our training programs, contact us today!