Our OSHA-compliant MEWP operator certification courses not only cover both boom lifts and scissor lifts but are also updated to reflect the most recent changes made to the ANSI A92 standard for mobile elevated work platforms. Whether you want aerial lift certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the health and safety training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.
From 2011-2014, 87 workers died while operating a scissor lift. (Source: CDC).
An average of 26 construction workers die each year from using aerial lifts. (Source: eLCOSH.org).
NIOSH uses the term ‘aerial lifts’ as an overarching term to capture multiple types of lifts, such as scissor lifts and boom lifts. It is important to note that both OSHA and ANSI standards vary for different types of lifts. (Source: CDC.gov).
Yes, this is a custom option. To sign up please fill out our group training sign up form. We will notify you via email when everything set up for your aerial lift group training. Because this is a custom option in order to get your certificates from a group training you must email us the names of the trainees who passed the exam so we can reply with each individual's certificate.
Yes, this is a custom option. To sign up please fill out our group training sign up forms. We will notify you via email when everything set up for your aerial lift group training. Because this is a custom option in order to get your certificates from a group training you must email us the names of the trainees who passed the exam so we can reply with each individual's certificate.
You have a few different options when it comes to health and safety training to get compliant. Our options include:
1. DIY Safety Training Kits: Comes with all the training material necessary to conduct employee training for an unlimited number of people, plus it's reusable View Kits.
2. Online Safety Training Courses: Pay per person. This is a great option for companies who need to assign and monitor employee training progress View Online Courses.
3. Train the Trainer Safety Courses: An option for those who want to train a specific individual to train others. View Train the Trainer Courses.
4. Onsite Training: We come to you to train your people at their own worksite. Get an Onsite Quote.
Yes, our Aerial Lift Training Kit . contains a compliant OSHA aerial lift training PowerPoint presentation (aka: boom and scissor lift training PowerPoint presentation) along with training videos, exams, the student manual, posters and more.
Personal Protective Equipment Training, Forklift Training, Skid Steer Training, Rigger Training, Driver Safety, HAZWOPER Training (24 hour course), Crane Safety Training, Chemical Hazards, Confined Spaces Training and Hazardous Communication Training are among our most popular courses. We have been providing training solutions for 10+ years. Rest assured that all of our courses are 100% OSHA or CANADA compliant (whichever applies). Safety and health training does not have to be difficult and confusing. Let us help. View our Course Catalog to find everything you might need to complete employee training and get compliant and create a safety culture at your company preventing injury and illness.
OSHA requires aerial lift training for aerial lift operators--on that there is no question. Where confusion exists is how often operators need aerial lift refresher training or recertification. Outside of the initial safety training class, it is common to hear of companies saying aerial lift training is required every three years. We are one of them. And here's why:
As far as this 3-year aerial lift certification goes, OSHA regulations are very specific when it comes to forklifts and a couple of other pieces of equipment. However, on everything else they are not so clear. They just state the employer must regularly provide safety training for their aerial lift operators. Following industry best practices, we've adopted this 3-year term in order to help employers comply with the general standard of regularly providing and proving aerial lift training. Ultimately, it is up to the employer to determine how frequently their aerial lift operators need to be trained. Many of our customers require it more often, annually even. Others may stretch it out a bit. In working with OSHA, though, it is our experience that they like to see employers adopt the strictest standard when the regulations are not clear. For instance, we know of companies that didn’t train every three years and were reprimanded by OSHA for not offering additional training more often. It is not uncommon for OSHA to refer to the forklift standard as the pattern by which training should be carried out for other pieces of equipment. On a side note, OSHA is slowly but surely making training requirements specific for other pieces of equipment so there are no gray areas. Mobile cranes and aerial lifts, for instance, are all undergoing potential changes to the regulations that will reference training specifically.
So, with that in mind, we say aerial lift operators must be re-evaluated every three years to determine if they are still competent enough to operate. We also state that this every-three-year bucket truck evaluation is the maximum time that should be allowed to pass before an operator receives aerial lift re-certification. According to OSHA there are several instances that will require additional aerial lift training and observation before the three year period is up:
- Aerial lift operator is observed in an accident or a near miss
- Aerial lift operator received a poor evaluation or is observed driving in a dangerous manner
- The aerial lift operator is assigned to drive a different type of aerial lifts or the workplace has changed significantly enough to require additional bucket truck training (such as being transferred from operating an aerial lift used to hoist signs to a bucket truck used for trimming trees).
Not likely. OSHA requires aerial lift operators to receive aerial lift training for each type of aerial lift. On this term, “type,” there is much confusion. Generally speaking, by “type” OSHA means scissor lift vs. boom lift vs. hydraulic personnel lift vs. vehicle mounted aerial lift vs. telescopic boom lift, etc. For example, say you have always operated a scissor lift in a warehouse but have suddenly been asked to operate a boom lift on a construction site. In this case, you would need additional boom lift training specific to telescopic boom aerial lifts.
If you have received scissor lift training in a warehouse and have always operated a Genie scissor lift, but then are asked to operate a JLG scissor lift, you should be just fine to operate under the same scissor lift training certification received previously. Keep in mind though, controls can differ greatly from brand to brand, so in some cases, you may need additional instruction or a quick refresher training to make sure you are clear on what each control does.
No matter how long you’ve been on the job, OSHA requires scissor lift training, a scissor lift written exam, and a practical scissor lift evaluation. There is no way around it. This goes for other types of aerial lifts too. The extent of the classroom training can be adapted by the instructor according to student needs. The written exam proves mental competency and understanding of the safety principles taught. And the practical evaluation proves the scissor lift operator not only understands but is capable of operating the machine safely. In the opinion of many, the practical evaluation is of the greatest overall value, but all components are necessary. Our aerial lift training online courses (scissor lift training) and our aerial lift training powerpoint kits (scissor lift training) both meet these requirements and include exams.
Scissor lift training, boom lift training, bucket truck training--this is a common question, especially among laborers-for-hire who may sub out from job to job. Technically, it is your current employer who is responsible for saying whether or not you have been trained specifically for the type of aerial lift and job. For example, if you bring a scissor lift training certificate or wallet card to your new employer, they do not have to accept it. It is their right to require you to take their own training class. This is because if there is an accident, they will likely be responsible and need to prove to OSHA that they trained you on scissor lift operations.
This, above all, causes a lot of confusion. Bottom line, OSHA states that employers are responsible to train their employees. Generally speaking, there are three ways they can do this:
In terms of using a 3rd part of an employee safety training companies materials (like our aerial lift training powerpoint kits or our aerial lift training classes online) OSHA does not recognize one company over another. They simply state that ‘training needs to occur’ and ‘here are the things an aerial lift operator should be trained on.’
When we do live training or offer aerial lift training online, people often assume we are the ones certifying the trainees. This is not true for any training company. We are simply assisting the employer by providing live aerial lift training or the training materials needed to help them aerial lift certify their employees.
The online aerial lift training class covers OSHA requirements for the classroom portion. Many employers prefer online training because they know exactly what aerial lift training the operator will receive. In live classes, the training sometimes varies. A written exam is included at the end of our online training courses. After the aerial lift class and exam are finished, you and your safety managers will have immediate access to a practical evaluation checklist. This can be printed off and used by your supervisor to help him or her evaluate you on the aerial lift. When done, they can sign it and file it with your exam. This will satisfy OSHA requirements for aerial lift certification.
It depends. Fall prevention is a major concern at every worksite. Yet there is a lot of confusion. Depending on where you live, some standards require fall arrest gear (body harness, lanyard, anchorage point) at four feet above ground level, and other places require it at six or ten feet. You need to be familiar with your specific area. However, to make simple, fall protection is always required on aerial lifts.
On both scissor lifts and self-propelled boom lifts, the safety railings and gates constitute fall protection. Additionally, harnesses and lanyards are required at all times on boom lifts.
As far as scissor lifts are concerned, the guardrail is the minimum type of fall protection required. The reason for this is some scissor lifts are not rated to withstand the added weight of a fall. If fall protection was worn, the sudden increase could cause the scissor lift to tip, thus injuring others too. However, some scissor lifts are appropriately load rated, so certain manufacturers may require operators to wear fall arrest gear 100% of the time. Before you tie into a scissor lift, check the operator’s manual to determine if your particular lift allows for fall arrest systems.
No. Scissor lifts, aerial lifts, bucket truck, and boom lifts are not typically designed for this purpose. The one exception would be certain types of bucket trucks used in the sign industry. These vehicle mounted aerial lifts come equipped with a winch and hoisting capabilities. They are specifically designed to lift loads. But you should never use your aerial lift to lift a load if it was not manufactured to do so. Doing this will affect the stability and tipping point of your aerial lift and can easily lead to tip over. Consult your operator’s manual and aerial lift manufacturer if you have questions.
Contrary to popular belief, OSHA does not dictate what a passing score entails. That is ultimately up to the employer whose responsibility it is to certify, or authorize, their employee to operate an aerial lift. If you want to pass him at 80%, fine. But what if a question or two among the 20% missed could lead to an accident or death? Is it worth it? Our recommendation is that you always go over any missed questions with your trainees—even if they just missed one. Once they understand the principle missed, have them write their initials by the correct answer. That way, you are protecting them and those around them from potential accidents in the future.
MEWP Definition: MEWP is an acronym that stands for Mobile Elevating Work Platform. Basically, they are machines that elevate workers without the use of scaffolding.
Aerial equipment owners and operators must be in compliance by December 10, 2019, with the new ANSI aerial lift training requirements. Our Aerial Lift Training fulfills that requirement through your choice of a DIY classroom training kit, online training or onsite training. You will receive your aerial lift certification and wallet card immediately upon finishing the training and passing the included exam with a score of 80% or higher (you get two chances at the exam).
There are several different machines that are considered MEWPs or Aerial Lifts. Some of the most common are as follows (in no particular order):
• Scissor lifts
• Bucket trucks
• Knuckle booms
• Boom lifts
• Boom trucks
Safety training costs depend on the type of training you are looking for and the number of people you need to train. Hard Hat Training, a safety training company that has been providing safety training solutions for over 10 years, offers:
• Classroom Safety Training Kits (DIY training kit used to train an unlimited number of employees.)
- OSHA Standards: $399+
- CANADA Standards: $399 $350 *On Sale
• Online Safety Training (Train from anywhere with internet access. Assign and monitor employee training with a custom online training branch, sign up now).
- OSHA Standards: $29/person or $79/person depending on the course (*Bulk pricing available)
- CANADA Standards: CAD$39/person or CAD$99/person depending on the course (*Bulk pricing available)
- Group Training Available (Online training taken by a group on a single computer at one time. Sign up now).
• Train the Trainer (An online course for those who prefer to train an individual before having them train others on your staff using the included training kit.
- OSHA Standards: $700 $650 *On Sale
- CANADA Standards: $900 $850 *On Sale