Aerial Lift Operator Safety

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite.

Course Length: 3-4 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time includes breaks.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be thirty-five (35) in the classroom session and twenty (20) in the practical session. A second instructor shall be added for the practical session once the participation exceeds twenty (20).

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Course Objective

  • Provide delegates assigned to work on or around Aerial Lifts the necessary skills to safely perform their jobs.
  • Provide delegates with recommended practices and guidelines to perform safely while
    working with Aerial Lifts.
  • Delegates should be able to demonstrate the necessary skills during practical
    examination and demonstrate knowledge during written examination.

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
  • Practical Exercises

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by
    the total number of exam questions.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
  • Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom
  • Practicals

Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 Hour (if applicable)

Course Outline

About Aerial Lifts

  • General Uses
  • Training Requirements
  • General Safety Guidelines

Safe Operations

  • Pre-Operational Inspection
    • Daily Inspection Criteria
    • Hydraulic System
    • Reporting unsafe conditions
    • Example Inspection Form
  • Work Site Inspection
  • Operator Controls
  • Safe Work Practices
    • Use of Ground Controls
    • Elevating a Platform
    • Leveling Jacks
    • Safely Working from Work Platform
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Fall Hazards
  • Fall Hazard Prevention
  • Tip Over Hazards
  • Collision Hazards
  • Worker Lifting Hazards
  • Improper Equipment Use
  • Battery Safety
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Work Introduced Hazards
  • Causes of Death from Aerial Lifts (Statistics)

Fall Protection

  • Personal Fall Arrest System Requirements
    • Anchor Point
      • Vertical Life Lines
      • Horizontal Life Lines
    • Harness
    • Lanyard
    • Connectors
  • Inspection of Gear
  • Protection from Falling Objects

Practical Session
Practical training shall utilize an Aerial Lift similar to the type the employee will required to operate.
Practical shall verify the following:

    • Properly select and wear appropriate PPE during practical training
    • Perform proper pre-use inspection of Aerial Lift and Personal Fall Arrest Equipment
    • Perform operator maintenance as required
    • Effectively identify hazards associated with Aerial Lifts
    • Demonstrate proper use of operation controls
    • Demonstrate safe operation speeds
    • Utilize proper fall protection
    • React to unusual or emergency situations
    • Proper access/egress from Aerial Lift

Training Center Provided Material

  • Course Materials
  • PPE

Delegate Requirements

  • Aerial Lift
  • Tools/Equipment

Reference Material / Documents
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.68
OSHA 29 CFR 1926.453

  • Course ID #: MA003


May 24 2024


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