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Take Aerial Lift Safety at Work to the Next Level

In today’s dynamic, ever-changing job market, people seeking work as aerial or scissor lift operators need to make themselves as employable as possible. This includes being properly trained and certified to safely operate the equipment. If you’re an employer, you’re required by law to have all workers who operate these lifts certified, which includes having them complete OSHA-approved aerial lift and scissor lift safety training. You also need to be aware of periodic changes to OSHA regulations (ALC) specializes in aerial and scissor lift safety training. We provide OSHA aerial lift safety training that can help your business improve workplace safety, reduce its operating costs, and more. 

What Aerial Lift Safety Training Programs Does ALC Offer?

We have three OSHA-compliant training programs that will give your employees the training they need, which are:

1. Train a Trainer

Our Train a Trainer course is available for $149. It lets anyone become an OSHA aerial lift safety trainer. In about an hour, one or more of your employees can become your company’s aerial lift safety expert who is certified to provide in-house training to your entire workforce. Keep your aerial and scissor lift safety expertise in-house with this popular course!

2. Training Kit

Our Training Kit lets you provide your workers with the most up-to-date aerial safety training, any time you choose. This program teaches your workers the basics of aerial and scissor lift safety, aerial lift operation, how to avoid hazards, and much more. It also covers as many of your workers as you like for the low price of $299.

3. Bundle and Save

Our Bundle and Save package includes both our Train a Trainer program and Training Kit at a specially discounted price of $399

ALC offers the most comprehensive, affordable, and accessible aerial lift safety training program. Our self-paced instruction and online testing format means your workers will have all the time and information they need to complete the aerial and scissor lift safety training required by OSHA. Once your employees have taken our aerial and scissor lift safety courses and are certified, you’re prepared in the event of an OSHA audit.


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Aerial Lift and Scissor Lift Safety Requirements

If you work in or around aerial lifts or scissor lifts, it’s important to understand how to recognize potential hazards. You should also be familiar with basic safety regulations and observe safe work practices to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. 

OSHA’s aerial lift safety policy and basic requirements are covered in ALC’s aerial lift training and certification program, which focuses on the following items:

 Aerial Lift Equipment and Controls

 Lift Load Capacities

 Using Interlock Devices

 Maintaining Lift Equipment

 Working Around Power Lines and Other Overhead Obstacles

 Protection Against Falls

 Inspecting Aerial Lift Equipment

 Recognizing Potential Hazards

 Elevating the Lift

 Working From a Platform or Bucket

 Moving and Driving the Vehicle

 Working on the Ground Near Aerial Lifts

Aerial Lift Safety Tips

Here’s some common sense advice for working on or near aerial lift equipment:

✓  Be Aware of Overhead Hazards.

Aerial lift and scissor lift operators need to keep tabs on overhead dangers, which are among the most common hazards encountered by aerial work platform (AWP) operators. These include power lines, tree branches, ceilings, and roof beams.

✓  Always Use Fall Protection Equipment.

OSHA regulations stress aerial lift operator personal safety. Depending on federal, state, and local safety regulations, lift operators and platform workers may be required to wear fall protection lanyards or harnesses. ALC’s aerial lift safety courses provide in-depth instruction about this important aspect of safe and efficient aerial lift and scissor lift safety. 

✓  Observe Maximum Load Capacities.

Every aerial lift has a maximum load capacity for the combined weight of workers, tools, and equipment that can be safely raised. Exceeding the manufacturers’ recommendations can result in accidents, falls, and injuries.

✓  Inspect the Surrounding Work Area.

Be aware of slopes, ditches, potholes, unstable or wet ground, overhead obstructions, and similar potential hazards. 

For more information on how to safely operate aerial lifts, check out the OSHA aerial lift safety factsheet.

Aerial Lift Safety FAQs

1. How many Americans die each year in aerial lift accidents? 

According to OSHA aerial and scissor lift safety statistics, approximately 25 Americans die every year from aerial lift and scissor lift accidents. As part of OSHA’s scissor lift and aerial lift safety policy, our training helps employers train their workers to avoid accidents and injuries on the job! 

2.Does OSHA require aerial lift certification?

Yes! Proper aerial lift safety is impossible without a sound scissor lift and aerial lift safety policy in place – ALC shows you how! 

3. Do you need to be certified to operate an aerial lift? 

Yes – certification shows OSHA that your operators are legally able to operate scissor lifts and aerial lifts.

Put Your Aerial Lift Safety Knowledge to the Test 

Think you’re an OSHA aerial lift safety expert? Take our quiz to find out how well you know the ins and outs of safe operation and maintenance of aerial lifts. Of course, if you fall short of your expectations on our quiz, there is no need to stress. Because, if you take advantage of our certification programs, you can get up to speed on all aspects of aerial lift safety.

Aerial Lift Safety Checklist

An aerial lift checklist can make a world of difference relative to workplace safety. Your workers can use the checklist to inspect a lift before they use it. Also, the checklist enables your workers to identify any aerial lift issues and address them in their early stages. 

Now, let’s look at some of the key elements of a safety checklist for aerial lifts:

Pre-Use ChecklistInvolves looking at vehicle and lift components and ensuring they are in good condition and work properly. 

Workplace Hazard Review: Requires aerial lift operators to assess their work environment and identify any potential hazards. 

Fall Protection: Involves evaluating fall protection equipment and hazards and verifying aerial lift operators are well-equipped to guard against falls. 

Overhead Obstructions: Requires aerial lift operators to watch for tree branches or other overhead dangers. 

It pays to use a checklist before an operator uses their aerial lift. It only takes a few minutes to go through each item on the list. From here, the operator can verify their lift is safe to use. When the operator is done utilizing their lift, they can then use a checklist to ensure their equipment is properly stored and maintained, too. 

OSHA Aerial Lift Safety Policy Requirements and ALC Safety Training

Aerial lift operators must be able to identify hazards, according to OSHA. Other important OSHA aerial lift safety considerations include performing pre-operation inspections, being aware of overhead hazards, maintaining lift stability, and wearing fall protection equipment. 

If you’re unsure about certain aspects of aerial lift safety training for your employees, check OSHA’s Section 29 CFR Standards. Keep in mind, however, that OSHA’s aerial lift safety requirements are updated frequently. 

It’s important that your company’s safety supervisor is always up to date on changes that will affect your workplace. When you choose ALC for aerial lift certification, you’ll be able to access OSHA-approved training and instruction. 

All ALC aerial lift safety courses include free lifetime support, convenient 24-hour access to our online training materials, and free lifetime refresher training. And remember, our instructors are OSHA experts. Their collective knowledge is passed along to you and your workers through our OSHA-approved training programs. The bottom line: ALC is your best choice for completing aerial lift safety training.

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Improve Workplace Safety with Help from ALC

Workplace safety is a top priority for businesses across the United States. If your company goes beyond the call of duty to maintain a safe work environment, it can maximize on-the-job productivity and efficiency. Best of all, your company can avoid accidents that endanger workers and result in OSHA penalties

ALC can help your business take workplace safety to the next level. Let ALC get your aerial and scissor lift safety program off the ground today. In no time at all, you and your employees can be trained and certified. Upon completion of the training, official aerial lift certifications for each of your employees can be immediately downloaded and printed. Everything needed to create and maintain an effective OSHA-compliant aerial lift safety training program is included, so don’t put it off – get started today! Put safety considerations first! Contact us online or call us at 888-278-8896 for assistance with all your aerial and scissor lift safety program needs.


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