Aerial Lift Training/ Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP)
3-E Safety Services, LLC. offers OSHA/ANSI compliant training and lift certification needed to safely and correctly operate aerial lifts. The term aerial lift encompasses many different brands, styles, and models of lifts. Aerial lifts come in many different forms, each one specifically designed for specific tasks. Aerial lifts allow workers to complete tasks at high elevations, all while doing so safely. 3-E Safety Services’ Aerial Lift Training will allow workers to operate any of the following:
- Scissor Lifts - This kind of aerial lift has the advantage of a high carrying capacity, anywhere between 500 to 1500 pounds. Scissor lifts are ideal for moving large amounts of people, material, or equipment from one place to another. Scissor lifts can go as high as 56 feet above the ground. The number of people and capacity of the lift will vary depending on model. The two types of scissor lifts are:
- Slab Unit – These are designed to work indoors and are often electric powered. They come with thick tires that are meant to work strictly on hard, smooth surfaces.
- Rough Terrain - These gas, diesel, or fuel powered lifts can operate on uneven outdoor terrain. They may or may not be equipped with outriggers.
- Boom Lifts - Boom lifts are composed of one or more mechanical arms with a bucket on the end. Maximum heights can vary between 20 to more than 180 feet.
- Telescopic Boom - These booms lifts have a telescoping beam that can move in almost any direction and can reach up to 180 feet.
- Articulating Boom - These boom lifts are jointed for the purpose of moving around obstacles.
- Trailer Mounted Boom - These smaller lifts are towed behind another vehicle on their own trailer and reach up to 70 feet. They must be unhooked from the vehicle and have the outriggers in place before operating.
- Vertical Personnel Lifts – These are often called one-man lifts. These are mainly used in single-person operations for high reach areas. They only move vertically and often have no drive train. They are smaller than a scissor lift so they will fit into smaller spaces.
- Spider Lifts - Operating like a boom lift, a spider lift has a unique, lightweight base composed of four structural legs, or outriggers. The advantage of a spider lift is its light weight for easy transport while also sporting all the advantages of a boom lift.
An average of 26 construction worker fatalities each year come from boom lift accidents, often due to operator error or negligence. This amounts to as much as 3 percent of all construction related deaths each year. This is why it’s essential that all workers complete aerial lift training to help reduce the risk of injuries and fatalities.
In addition to boom lift accidents, an average of 20 scissor lift-related deaths occur every year. This makes scissor lift certification equally as important, since scissor lifts account for nearly 25 percent of all lift-related accidents. With proper OSHA-compliant lift certification, injuries and fatalities can be prevented.
Why Do I Need Training On Different Types of Lifts?
No matter which of these different types of lifts you are operating or lift brands are used in your business, the key to being successful is to complete aerial lift certification training. Training will equip operators with the skills and knowledge they need to operate the types of aerial lifts, perform safety equipment inspections, recognize and avoid hazards, and prevent accidents.
Aerial lift accidents happen every day on worksites across the country, and the number one cause behind these accidents is operator error. Untrained operators simply don’t know the dangers of working with different kinds of lifts and the specific hazards involved, which include, but are not limited to:
- Falls from heights
- Objects falling from the lift
- Ejections from the platform
- Collapses of the lift
- Contact with nearby and overhead objects
Aerial lift certification helps to keep workers safe, prevent damages, and keep employers out of harm’s way of getting hit with costly OSHA fines. An OSHA penalty for an untrained operator can cost up to $12,471 per operator. This same penalty can also be assigned to a company due to unsafe acts while operating a lift. If a citation is deemed willful, penalties can be as much as $124,709.
General Training Requirements
OSHA requires that aerial lift operators must have proper training before they can be allowed to work on or with aerial lifts. 3-E Safety Services, LLC accomplishes this by conducting classroom instruction that includes a video on aerial lifts; teaching operators the various hazards associated with aerial lifts and how to avoid them; how to recognize and avoid unsafe situations; correct operational techniques; when and how to perform inspections; the manufacturer’s requirements, and how to operate the lift following demonstrations of the skills and knowledge needed. In all, the classroom and hands-on portion are typically completed in 3 hours.
After workers have completed the training and passed the class, they will receive a laminated Authorized Operator Card and a Certificate of Completion. The laminated wallet card should be kept in an accessible place to provide to anyone that asks for it. It is still imperative that the employer ensures the workers are competent enough to operate the aerial lift.
3-E Safety Services, LLC ensures that our training class has met all OSHA requirements, while providing extra content that we feel is both essential and valuable to prospective and experienced aerial lift operators.
OSHA/ANSI-Compliant Aerial and Scissor Lift Training and Certification
Holding an aerial and scissor lift certification in accordance to OSHA guidelines offers huge employment benefits to employers. They will have the knowledge that employees are educated and trained to promote a safe working environment, increase work productivity, and prevent OSHA fines. 3-E Safety Services’ aerial lift operator class will comply with OSHA standard 29 CFR 1926.453. This will ensure that workers are trained in accordance to OSHA standards, which should satisfy an OSHA inspector. This will also aid in general contractor work. Most general contractors will not allow workers to operate a lift without proper training. This training class should be in compliance with and general contractor requirements.
With aerial lift training from 3-E Safety Services, LLC, lift operators are aware of the best safety practices, regulations and other important information. As a result, employers are less likely to be subjected to fines, negative audit findings and workplace accidents. For aerial lift operators, proper training is imperative. A well-trained worker is valuable to a company and will promote a safer working environment. With aerial lift training from 3-E Safety Services, LLC, workers acquire the building blocks and fundamentals for safe operation in any work environment.
3-E Safety Services, LLC is able to come to a jobsite, work location, or a rental facility to conduct the training class. All that is needed is a place to conduct the classroom portion, the aerial lift(s) that you want to be trained on, and enough room to safely operate the lifts. Both the classroom and hands-on portion must be completed before a card or certificate will be given out. If requested, 3-E Safety Services is able to provide course completion cards the day of the training class. If training classes are in the Kansas City Metro, prices begin at $125 per person with a minimum of two people (minimum $250 per class). Price breaks begin when there are 5 or more workers in the class.