In today’s dynamic, ever-changing job market, people seeking work as aerial lift operators or scissor lifts 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.
AerialLiftCertification.com (ALC) specializes in aerial lift and scissor lift safety training. We have three OSHA-compliant training programs that will give your employees the training they need, which are:
• Train The Trainer Program. In about an hour, one or more of your employees can become your company’s Aerial Safety Expert certified to provide in-house training to your other workers.
• Aerial Lift Training Kit. This program will teach the basics of aerial lift operation to as many of your workers as you like or one low price.
• Bundle and Save. This package includes both the Aerial Lift Training Kit and our Train The Trainer program at a specially discounted price.
ALC offers the most comprehensive, affordable and accessible aerial lift safety training program available online or through outside third party training schools or consultants. Our affordable prices, self-paced instruction and online testing format means your workers will have both all the time and information they need to complete the aerial lift and scissor lift safety instruction required by OSHA. After your operators have been certified, you’ll be prepared in the event of an OSHA audit.
Operating aerial lifts can be dangerous work, which is why lift safety is regulated by OSHA. If you work in or around aerial lifts or scissor lifts, it’s important to understand how to recognize potential hazards, be familiar with the basic regulations and observe safe work practices to prevent workplace accidents and injuries. OSHA’s basic requirements, all of which are covered during ALC’s aerial lift training and certification program, include understanding each of the following items:
• Understanding the 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
• Inspecting the Work Area
• Setting Up the Vehicle
• Elevating the Lift
• Working From a Platform or Bucket
• Moving and Driving the Vehicle
• Working on the Ground Near Aerial Lifts
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 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, 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
• 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, see OSHA’s online library of aerial lift safety tips.
According to OSHA’s Aerial Lift Fact Sheet, aerial lift safety starts with recognizing safety hazards. OSHA’s other important aerial lift safety considerations include performing pre-operation inspections, being aware of overhead hazards, 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’s Train The Trainer Program, you’ll be linked directly to OSHA-approved training and instruction. Add our Aerial Lift Training Kit and Bundle and Save package, and you’ll have the most comprehensive aerial lift safety training instruction available anywhere.
All ALC aerial lift safety courses are affordable and include free lifetime support, convenient 24 hour access to our online training materials and free lifetime refresher training. Another of the many advantages of choosing ALC to train your employees is that all our instructors are OSHA experts. Their collective knowledge is passed along to you and your workers through our OSHA-approved training programs. ALC is simply your best choice for completing aerial lift safety training.
Let ALC get your aerial 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 by calling ALC at 888-278-8896 for assistance with all your aerial lift and scissor lift safety program needs.