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Aerial & Scissor Lift Operator Training

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Keep Workers Safe with Aerial & Scissor Lift Operator Training

This course will prepare learners to competently administer a training and certification process for operators of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms such as scissor lifts, bucket trucks and boom lifts. The class information will be specific to the types of equipment in use, activities anticipated on the elevated platform, personal fall arrest or worker positioning devices and the company policies in effect.

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Hands-On Training

This course is designed to meet OSHA requirements for operators of Scissor Lifts, Boom Lifts, Bucket Trucks and other mobile elevated work platforms.

The course will be specific to the vehicles used in the workplace and the work being performed. The learner will understand design features of the equipment and how these affect stability and operator safety, how these machines elevate workers, most frequent accidents involving the machines, how to assess hazards in the workplace prior to operation, wind and weather hazards, equipment and driving surface inspection techniques and how activities on the platform may affect workers on the ground. The learner will understand the use of vehicle controls for moving and raising the platform, fueling and battery charging safety, traffic considerations and emergency actions that must be planned for.

Aerial lift operators should be trained before being assigned to operate an aerial lift, before being assigned to operate a new type of aerial lift, when conditions at the worksite change, after an incident or near-miss involving an aerial lift, and whenever inadequacies in an employee’s level of knowledge or skill indicate that additional training may be necessary to ensure safety.

The responsibility to communicate with ground workers and supervisors will be emphasized, along with the required training information for non-operators who are elevated using the platform. All participants will demonstrate competence in operation of each piece of equipment that that will be expected to use on the job.

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Training Objectives

After completing this lesson, participants should be able to:

  • Define the types of elevating work platforms in use, OSHA and ANSI standards, requirements for written program and continuing safety administration
  • Understand the types of accident associated with the use of the equipment and the causes of these incidents and know how worker assumptions and unwillingness to ask questions can lead to errors and avoidable accidents
  • Survey the workplace to assess conditions that will need to be covered in training sessions
  • Understand and be able to explain vehicle wheelbase and stability, use of equipment controls, electrical hazards, wind and weather considerations, avoidance of overhead obstructions, pedestrian safety and how shifting weight can cause the platform to tip over
  • Confidently instruct workers in safe operational procedures and emergency responses
  • Explain battery charging safety, diesel fueling safety, PPE required during these operations
  • Create or modify written safety programs to meet workplace and operational needs, and communicate the changes to the workforce and management team
  • Know how adults learn in workplace settings, understand effective presentation techniques, demonstrate competence in delivery of course materials and conduct a test of operational competence
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  • Operator Safety Codes and Standards
  • Lift Design and Stability
  • Moving Elevated Platforms
  • Working at Height Activities
  • Inspecting Aerial Work Platforms Before Use
  • Emergency Planning and Response
  • Aerial Work Platform Operation
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After completion of this course, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and .1 CEUs (Continuing Education Units) for each hour of class.

Training certificate CEUs

All training certificates will be stored by Martin Technical for future reference, validation and 3rd party documentation.

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