If you are one of those people who’s not cut out for a nine-to-five desk job, consider learning how to operate aerial lifts. Job satisfaction is only part of the appeal. Wherever there are power lines, warehouse buildings, construction jobsites and anywhere else there’s work to be done overhead, there will be a demand for certified aerial lift operators. It all starts with getting your aerial lift certification.
Aerial lift training is for more than just people looking for jobs. If you’re an employer and use aerial lifts in your business, you should have your operators trained to prevent workplace accidents and avoid costly OSHA fines.
When choosing an aerial lift certification program, you need to look for a course that meets all OSHA requirements. The training should be given in a format that’s easy to understand. For employers, it’s often inconvenient and costly to pay for offsite training in a classroom, which usually involves employee time off and travel costs. The great news is that 100% OSHA-approved training can be completed online wherever it’s convenient. There’s no need for a third party training company. All that’s needed is AerialLiftCertification’s online program and a certified instructor from within your business to conduct the evaluations. It’s easy, affordable and convenient. Because the training is online, workers learn at their own pace.
Once you’ve decided whether guided, self-paced or group training is the best way for you or your employees to complete ALC’s online certification training, all that’s left are a few simple steps to sign up for the program:
As an employer, you can certify one or more of your experienced operators to train other new employees through our $149 Train the Trainer course. Choose our Bundle Package that includes both course for just $399, which is a savings of $50.
With our Aerial Lift Operator Training Kit and Train the Trainer programs, business owners who employ aerial lift operators can satisfy strict OSHA aerial lift operator training requirements. There are no books or other materials to buy. Operators can complete the training online and receive their certification in about one hour.
OSHA requirements for how to get aerial lift certification can be broken down into three main components:
1. The first is that only people who are properly trained and certified are allowed to operate an aerial lift. If an OSHA inspector finds an aerial lift operator working without an aerial lift certification card, he or she has the power to levy heavy fines on both the operator and the business owner. If an inspector discovers a willful violation of an OSHA regulation, they can raise the fine to ten times the usual amount. Employees must carry an aerial lift certified operator card whenever they operate the equipment as documented evidence of their certification.
In November of 2012, OSHA issued a Citation and Notification of Penalty to a chemical company in Ohio. Included among the charges was a violation they considered very serious. According to OSHA, the employer failed to ensure that employees were trained on how to use aerial lifts prior to their operating the equipment. As it turns out, maintenance department employees used an aerial lift without being certified to operate the equipment. The citation didn’t disclose the details of the fines.
In 2011, a Georgia steel company was fined $184,400 for a number of violations. These included the willful failure of an employee to wear a body belt with a lanyard attached to boom or basket while working from an aerial lift more than 35 feet above the ground. The proposed penalty was more than $61,000. The company was further cited for wilfully exceeding the manufacturer’s boom and basket limits. OSHA proposed an additional penalty of about $61,000. The company was also cited for failing to have an operator complete an approved aerial lift certification program. The result was that the employee was exposed to overturns and crush hazards. The employee involved was the foreman at the company’s recycling facility.
2. The second OSHA requirement is that aerial lift certification training include the following items:
– Explanations of the top hazards associated with aerial lifts, such as electrocution, falling from the basket or platform and the dangers of falling objects
– Procedures for dealing with hazards.
– Recognizing and avoiding unsafe work conditions.
– Instructions on how to safely operate aerial lifts with maximum load capacities.
– Demonstrations of how to operate lifts safely and properly.
– How and when to perform equipment
– The importance of following manufacturers’
3. The third part of OSHA’s requirements for aerial lift certification involves refresher training for operators.
OSHA’s third main requirement for aerial lift certification involves operator refresher training. Retraining is required every three years or whenever one or more of the following happens:
When you choose AerialLiftCertification to train and certify yourself or your employees, recertification training is free for life.
You won’t find an easier or faster way to get aerial lift operator certification than through ALC’s convenient online training. Using a smartphone, tablet or other digital device anywhere there’s an internet connection, in about one hour, you and your employees can become certified and ready to operate aerial lifts.
We offer three easy ways to train, which are guided, self-paced or as a group. Choose whichever method best suits your learning style. Whichever program you choose, you’ll be 100% OSHA-compliant. We’ve designed our programs to be easy to understand. With lives and limbs at stake, we won’t accept learning standards that make it easy to pass the training without retaining what’s been learned, and neither should you.
By the time you complete our aerial lift operator certification training, you’ll know how dangerous it can be to operate an aerial lift. You’ll also understand the importance of being cautious, remaining alert and being safety conscious. It’s so simple that if you can use a smartphone, you can become certified in only about an hour.