Frequently Asked Questions about Aerial Lift Training:
- What is an Aerial Lift?
- Why should I care about Aerial Lift safety training?
- Why is aerial lift training needed?
- How long is the certificate of training good for?
- Are there any prerequisites?
- What is the length of the course/training?
- Where do I go for training?
- Is the course provided in Spanish?
- What should I receive after completion?
- Who enforces the Aerial Lift requirements?
Aerial lifts are considered any of the following:
- vehicle-mounted aerial devices to elevate personnel to work areas not accessible from the ground
- extendible boom platforms
- aerial ladders
- articulating booms
- vertical towers
- a combination of any such devices
All employees who may on occasion work on aerial platform must be trained. Training covers the proper use, inspection of, and hazards associated with aerial lifts.
According to a report published by the CDC and the Center for Construction Research and Training, an average of 26 construction workers died annually due to aerial lift accidents.
The leading causes of these deaths are electrocution, falls, and collapses/tip over. Reports indicate that the highest number of aerial lift deaths were of electricians, followed by construction workers, electrical power installers, painters, and carpenters.
--- Boom lifts accounted for over 70% of these fatalities. ---
Each employee working off an aerial platform must be trained in the aerial platform safety and inspections before being allowed to work off a man-basket or aerial platform.
The safety portion of the training requirement trains the worker about general safety of working off an aerial platform, such as tie-off procedures and requirements, hard hat requirements, guardrail requirements and what safety equipment must be kept on the aerial lift under working conditions.
The inspection portion of the training requires the worker to perform a daily inspection of the aerial platform before the start of the work day and fill out a daily aerial lift checklist:
- To ensure that users stand firmly on the floor and do not sit or climb on the edge or rails of the basket
- To ensure that no devices are used to elevate workers above the basket
The purpose of an Aerial Lift training course is to:
- Apply techniques and knowledge of safe aerial lift operations
- Learn specific training and evaluation criteria in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.67 and 1926.453.
How long is the certificate of training good for? back to top
A certification in Aerial Lift training typically expires in 3 years.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
However, this is aimed at managers, supervisors, safety program administrators, all lift operators, safety committee representatives, and anyone interested in safety.
Aerial Lift Operator course is 3 hours.
- They offer onsite classes throughout the state.
- They offer great group discounts. Depending on the size of your team, they can adjust the pricing to a lower amount if large enough.
- They have great customer service, flexibility, and quick turnaround times. You can literally book a class, conduct a class, and receive certificates for the students within a couple of days of your call. It is amazing!
Here is their information:
Safety Links Inc.
4602 35th Street, Suite 400. Orlando, FL 32811
Toll Free 1-800-768-7036
For more info and to enroll for their open classes visit http://www.safetylinks.net/index.php/training/equipment-operation
Onsite training in Spanish may be available upon request.
A hard plastic driver's license style wallet-sized card in color is provided by Safety Links within 5 days.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires certain training for employees that work off aerial lifts, as well as operators of aerial lifts.
A company that does not train the workers and operators of aerial lifts can be found in violation of OSHA regulations and fined for those violations.
OSHA says a qualified person must train all users. The training must include:
- Any electrical, fall, and falling-object hazards.
- Procedures for dealing with hazards.
- How to operate the lift correctly (including maximum intended load and load capacity). The user must show he/she knows how to use the lift.
- Manufacturer requirements.
For more information, visit www.safetylinks.net.