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Everything You Need To Know About Aerial Lifts

Everything You Need To Know About Aerial Lifts

Can you learn everything there is to know about aerial lifts in a single blog? We’re certainly going to try with this post!

Aerial Lift Certification, the leader in OSHA compliant training and certification, knows a thing or two about aerial lifts and aerial work platforms (AWPs). Our courses are used by companies all across the United States as affordable, effective training solutions. Thanks to affordable prices, on-point training content and great customer support, Aerial Lift Certification is your company’s best options for complete, OSHA approved aerial lift training!

Let’s take a look at everything you should know about aerial lifts – all in one blog post!

What are Aerial Lifts?

Technically, according to OSHA, an aerial lift is “any vehicle-mounted device used to elevate personnel.” This includes the following equipment:

-Articulating boom lifts

-Boom platforms

-Scissor lifts


-Cherry pickers

-And many more

Who Uses Aerial Lifts?

AWPs and aerial lifts are used every day by all kinds of workers in various fields, including:






-Electrical and mechanical repair


-And more

If any job needs workers and job material elevated to certain heights, aerial lifts are required for the job – any job!

Training for Aerial Lifts

OSHA requires that employers are responsible for providing aerial lift training for the employees. They’re required to pass a written test and also a hands-on evaluation (performed by the employer) that shows a basic understating of:

-General operating techniques

-Proper safety knowledge

-What to do in case of emergencies

-And other key skills & knowledge

Aerial Lift Certification offers three different training packages to help companies get their employees OSHA compliant. If you have training and safety gaps when it comes to aerial lifts and scissor lifts, sign up today with Aerial Lift Certification!

Operating Aerial Lifts

Keep these things in mind when operating an aerial lift or any AWP.

Pre-start inspection.

Before working, you should check both the vehicle and lift components, including fluid levels, controls, safety mechanisms, guardrail systems, and more

Work zone inspection.

Check your work area for uneven terrain, weather conditions, and other issues that could prevent safe working conditions. The work zone inspection is one of the most important things for any aerial lift operator to keep in mind!

Overhead hazards.

From power lines to bridges and trees, overhead hazards are always a concern for aerial lift workers. Make sure you have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and are aware of these hazards before, during, and after work. Report all overhead hazards to your safety supervisor and co-workers to prevent accidents!

Fun Facts About Aerial Lifts

Aerial lifts are a multi-billion dollar industry.

Manufacturers from (primarily) the United States, Europe, South Korea and Japan provide the bulk of aerial lifts for construction companies, maintenance firms, government agencies and more.

You need training to work on one.

Without specialized instruction from a high-quality training provider (such as Aerial Lift Certification), your chances of getting a well-paying job are next to none.

They can reach over 20 stories high! 

If you’re afraid of heights, you might want to stay off the really big aerial lifts.

Aerial lifts are found in many types of industries.

If a worker is required to work above ground, you can be sure an aerial lift isn’t far away. Painters, electricians, maintenance workers and others depend on aerial lifts every day on the job.

The work pays well.

Given that an aerial lift operator doesn’t require a bachelor’s degree (or even an associate’s degree), they are one of a few groups of specialized employees than can make a decent living without spending years and years in the classroom.

Aerial lifts are “outsource proof,” to some extent.

There are many jobs nowadays that are heading overseas. Customer support, HR staff, technical workers and more are being replaced by cheaper personnel. But you can’t replace an aerial lift worker!

The power varies. 

Aerial lifts are run by diesel, propane, gasoline and even rechargeable batteries.


Interested in learning more about aerial lifts? Contact the recognized experts – Aerial Lift Certification. We have 3 types of training for you and your co-workers (Self-Paced, Guided and Group Training).

ALC is ready to help. OSHA regulations are always being updated. Don’t cause yourself a headache – let us handle all your aerial lift training needs. The ALC contact page has plenty of info. Or, just pick up the phone and speak with our experts at (888) 278-8896.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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