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Do Workers Need Fall Protection?

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Yes. End of story.

But instead of making this the shortest blog post in history, let’s examine WHY aerial lift workers, aerial work platform (AWP) employees, scissor lift operators and others need fall protection.

We’ll examine three primary reasons why fall protection is essential for aerial lift operators.

It literally saves lives.

A quick glance at OSHA’s website reveals dozens of aerial lift accidents every year. After official investigations, many of those accidents could’ve been avoided. The common characteristic for these aerial lift disasters? Lack of fall protection training. Get fall protection, save lives…pretty simple, wouldn’t you say? Our AWP training courses include proper techniques to secure a fall protection harness, retractable lanyard, body harness and other safety equipment. Simply providing this equipment to your AWP operators isn’t enough; they have to know how to effectively use their protective equipment. Aerial Lift Certification’s comprehensive training modules put focus on fall protection, so you know you and your AWP workforce are receiving the best OSHA training.

It protects employees and employers.

We’ve already examined how it can aid workers. But what about the boss? Without adequate fall protection classes, any company opens itself up to potentially crippling fines, legal fees and penalties, not to mention the negative publicity. What’s more, ALC’s training modules cover all the critical safety concepts and equipment at an ultra-affordable price. Instead of hiring an expensive 3rd party to show your AWP staff how to use a retractable lanyard or correctly install a fall protection harness, you’ll save tons of money – and untold time – by giving your employees the option to acquire OSHA aerial lift platform safety training wherever they have an internet connection!

It simply makes sense.

OSHA requires aerial lift workers to have fall protection safety training. But beyond the official legislation, having fall protection plans & training in place offers a peace of mind and confidence you just can’t put a price on. Whether it’s showing how to use a body harness the right way or following OSHA fall protection procedures, ALC’s training sessions offer the most thorough training you’ll find anywhere, available in self-paced, group or guided formats. Three different training packages, three different learning styles – ALC’s customized AWP certification and safety training modules are the easy choice when it comes to getting your aerial lift platform operators trained the right way.


Keeping your AWP operators safe involves thorough training, and Aerial Lift Certification’s training courses (Train a Trainer, Operator Training Kit and Bundle Package) provide a practical, safety-first, common sense approach to AWP training. Some of the key concepts your aerial lift platform operators and aerial lift workers will learn with ALC training include:

  • Fall protection harness. Most AWP operators think they’re safe enough while working. But are they actually following the latest OSHA-approved guidelines? With our safety training, your entire staff will learn the correct way to use a fall protection harness.
  • Retractable lanyard. One of the most popular safety devices for aerial lift workers, the retractable lanyard is relatively simple to use. But just one missed step can spell disaster. ALC covers all the bases for retractable lanyard use.
  • Body harness. A body harness by itself may not be enough to protect your workers from accidents. In fact, according to a recent OSHA press release, proper fall protection with a body harness must be used in conjunction with tethers or fall arrest systems. ALC’s aerial platform training allows your safety team to gain a bird’s eye perspective of your workforce, their day-to-day activities, and how those activities fit with the latest OSHA guidelines – and this ultimately aids in preventing accidents and helping your workers stay safe on the job.


Fall protection training is available at Aerial Lift Certification. In fact, our OSHA-oriented instruction offers practical how-to tips, emergency preparedness, smart safety checks and much more. And you can complement your fall protection training with other aerial lift training sessions, too. It never hurts to acquire extra training. If you’re looking for a job as an aerial lift operator, fall protection training not only makes you a worthy candidate, but it also tells your possible employer that you’re serious about safety.

A rock-solid safety record doesn’t happen by chance. You need to have a training regimen that accounts for proper equipment use and broad, big picture safety concepts. Armed with the most recent safety training and OSHA-approved learning modules, your AWP operators will show more confidence on the job – and your business will be as productive as ever!

Take a smart step toward better AWP safety practices today. Call ALC and speak to one of our fall protection specialists at (888) 278-8896, or visit our contact page for more information. With three customized training courses – our popular Training Kit, the optimum return on investment Train a Trainer package and our combination Bundle Package – you’ll receive the best training material for your particular role.

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