Aerial Lift & Scissor Lift Online Training Certification Courses - Covers: (A3, B3)
Mobile Elevated Work Platform
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently changed their aerial lift terminology, which in turn changed the way they defined what aerial lifts were. Instead of aerial lift, ANSI now uses the term Mobile Elevated Work Platform or MEWP. According to ANSI, any powered work platform that is designed to help an employee safely carry out an at-height task is considered a MEWP.
However, OSHA normally uses the term “aerial lifts,” which is defined differently than the term “Mobile Elevated Work Platform.”
What is Considered an Aerial Lift?
OSHA defines an aerial lift as any vehicle-mounted work platform that can move vertically and/or horizontally. Some aerial lifts can even rotate around a vertical axis. Due to the stricter requirements around the term aerial lifts, people often get confused when it comes to the topic of scissor lifts. We will get into this discussion later.
Types of Aerial Lifts
There are many different types as well as names associated with aerial lifts. But for the sake of this article, we will cover just three of the most common types of aerial lifts found at a work site.
A boom lift, also known as a man lift or cherry picker, uses a hydraulic arm connected to a platform or bucket. Boom lifts are known for the way they surpass any other aerial lift with their ability to move in almost every direction. There are three types of boom lifts:
- Telescopic booms: These types of boom lifts are retractable, single-boom work platforms that can reach heights of up to 100 feet. However, its ability to move horizontally is severely limited.
- Articulating booms: These booms allow the operator more flexibility because they can be maneuvered vertically, horizontally, and rotate 360 degrees.
- Towable boom lifts: These boom lifts are lightweight, portable lifts that can be towed behind a vehicle.
Bucket trucks, or bucket lifts, rotate at varying degrees and have hydraulic joint arms that knuckle or bend to allow employees to work around obstacles or to get a better reach.
Bucket trucks come in all shapes and sizes with different customizations for specific tasks. You can find a bucket truck with a working height of 20 feet to a working height of 100+ feet. A common type of bucket truck, called a forestry truck, is typically equipped with a cover. This cover is called a cab guard and keeps limbs from falling on the cab.
Also commonly called a single man lift, a personnel lift is a compact lift only made for a single person. Due to its size, this lift can easily fit in most confined spaces and help get the job done safely. Single man lifts are ideal for ceiling work, especially when cleaning. There are three types of personal lifts:
- Self-propelled - This personal lift is the smallest of all personal lifts. It can raise an employee and a set of tools 15 to 20 feet in the air.
- Push-around - A push-type personal lift is slightly larger than self-propelled types. They can reach up to 50 feet and are often used to work in tight spots, like in between rafters.
- Atrium - Atrium personal lifts are also commonly referred to as compact crawler lifts. The heavy-duty lift is best for outdoor construction sites. The retractable legs and tank-like drive tracks enable the atrium to securely sit on unstable surfaces like dirt, sand and mud.
It is important to note that OSHA does not consider a scissor lift to be an aerial lift. In fact, OSHA describes a scissor lift as a mobile scaffold with a platform that only moves vertically. This means that scissor lifts are included in OSHA’s scaffolding standards and requirements.
However, under ANSI, scissor lifts are considered a Mobile Elevated Work Platform. This means that ANSI includes scissor lifts under their standards and requirements for MEWPs.
Scissor Lift Training
OSHA requires that employers must provide employees with proper training on whatever hazards they may encounter. This includes how to work safely with, on, or near a scissor lift. A scissor lift training course, at minimum, must include the manufacturers instructions for operating the scissor lift vertically and while in transit.
Does OSHA Require Scissor Lift Certification?
OSHA does require any employee that will be working with, on, or around a scissor lift to receive a safety training certification. Employees can get a certification after successfully completing a scissor lift safety training course. It is also important to note that scissor lift operators are required to get recertified every three years according to OSHA standards.
OSHA states “only trained persons shall operate an aerial lift,” but does not detail anything particular about safety training. Because of this it is the employers responsibility to create and/or provide safety training for their employees who work on, with, or around any type of aerial lift.
What is the Standard For Aerial Lifts?
ANSI states that “MEWP occupants do not need formal training or certification before working on a MEWP. However, they do need to receive a basic site orientation that includes information about hazards and hazardous locations on site. They should also learn about warning signs, rules and other controls they will need to understand and observe” (ANSI).
Hard Hat Training
After reading about all the training standards and certificates, you must be wondering how to get started. You are in luck because you can start here at Hard Hat Safety Provisions, where our teams work hard everyday to provide you with the best and most affordable training courses!
Our Description of Safety
Here at Hard Hat Training, our goal is to make safety training easy and affordable. Our vision is to help companies minimize accidents and fatalities through consistent in-depth training. Our training materials are frequently updated, enabling us to offer the most thorough, up-to-date, and easy to use OSHA-compliant training options on the market today!
All of our courses comply with OSHA standards and contain all the necessary safety information. Our Content Development and Quality Assurance teams spend hours researching so that we can provide companies with the best and most necessary information! We have both a MEWP training course as well as a Scissor Lift safety training available.
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We offer our courses in different types of learning formats. We offer in-person courses, online courses, training kits, as well as our unique train-the-trainer courses! Our course catalog presents companies with over 200 training topics with each course being fully narrated and organized to keep the mind engaged. Our narration reads exactly what is written down to help any employees who have visual or hearing impairments. We also offer our aerial lift training in Spanish as well as all of our other courses in Spanish!
What's included in this Aerial Lift Training that covers groups and types of MEWPs: (A3, B3)?
Our Aerial Lift Safety Training course is regulation-compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on equipment and anatomy, maintenance and inspections, safe operations and stability, common hazards, and more.
During this training, we will be taking a look at the functionality and components of aerial lifts in relation to both scissor lifts and boom lifts. As part of this training, we'll show you why it’s important to conduct a thorough pre-shift inspection each day before using the equipment. You will also learn about machine stability and the importance of knowing the aerial lift’s capacity. We will also emphasize the importance of planning each job and setting up the machine and site properly to avoid hazards and obstacles around the worksite. Finally, you will learn about some of the common hazards associated with aerial lifts so you know how to recognize, avoid, or minimize them.
This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, territorial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following standards for aerial lifts:
- ANSI A92.2 – Vehicle Mounted Elevating and Rotating Aerial Devices
- ANSI A92.3 – Manually Propelled Elevating Aerial Platforms
- A92.5 – Boom Supported Elevating Work Platforms
- A92.6 – Self-Propelled Elevating Work Platforms
- A92.8 – Vehicle Mounted Bridge Inspection and Maintenance Devices
- A92.20 – Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements, Test Methods for MEWPs
- A92.22 – Safe Use of MEWPs
- A92.24 – Training Requirements for MEWP Operators
- 1910 Subpart F – Powered Platforms, Man lifts, Vehicle Mounted Work Platforms
- 1910.23 – Guarding Floor and Wall Openings and Holes
- 1910.28 – Safety Requirements for Scaffolding
- 1910.29 – Manually Propelled Mobile Ladder Stands and Scaffolds (Towers)
- 1910.67 – Vehicle Mounted elevating and rotating work platforms
- 1910.333 – Selection and Use of Work Practices Shipyards
- 1915.71 – Scaffolds or Staging Construction
- 1926, Subpart L – Scaffolds
- 1926.21 – Safety Training and Education
- 1926.451 – General Requirements
- 1926.452 – Additional Requirements to Specific Types of Scaffolds
- 1926.453 – Aerial Lifts
- 1926.454 – Training Requirements
- 1926.501, 502 – Duty to have Fall Protection
- 1926.556 – Aerial Lifts
- CAN/CSA B354.1 – (PORTABLE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS)
- CAN/CSA B354.2 – (SELF-PROPELLED ELEVATING PLATFORMS)
- CAN/CSA B354.4 – (SELF-PROPELLED BOOM SUPPORTED)
- CAN/CSA B354.5 – (MAST CLIMBING)
- CAN/CSA B354.6 – (DESIGN)
- CAN/CSA B354.7 – (SAFE USE)
- CAN/CSA B354.8 – (TRAINING)
- CAN/CSA C225 – (VEHICLE MOUNTED AERIAL DEVICES)
- CAN/CSA Z259 – AND SUBSECTIONS (FALL PROTECTION, ARREST)
- CAN/CSA Z271 – (SAFETY CODE FOR ELEVATING PLATFORMS)
Train the Trainer
The aerial lift train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online aerial lift training course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the aerial lift training kit. This option results in an OSHA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.
Why Do You Need Aerial Lift Training?
In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. Requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines. When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on
experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.
Did You Know?
- 1,380 workers were injured operating an aerial or scissor lift from 2011-2014.
- From 2011-2014, 87 workers died while operating a scissor lift. (Source: CDC)
Aerial Lift Accidents In the News
- Teens Severely Injured After 40-ft. Fall at Farm in New YorkNews Article
- Man Dies After 45-Foot Fall
Aerial Lift Safety Videos
- Bemidji Man Killed in Boom Lift Accident - Lakeland News at Ten - May 17, 2012
- OSHA: Deadly Taunton Lift Accident Could Have Been Prevented
Aerial Lift Blog Posts
Aerial Lift Training Frequently Asked Questions:
What do I get when I finish this aerial lift training?
Upon completing the online aerial lift training course you will then take the included aerial lift test and upon passing it with a score of 80% or higher (you get two chances) you will immediately have access to your printable aerial lift certification and wallet card. If you choose the training kit the certificate template comes with the kit materials.
Do you offer group training online enabling everyone to take the training at one time on a single computer?
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.
Q: What is a MEWP?
A: MEWP is an acronym that stands for Mobile Elevating Work Platform. Basically, they are machines that elevate workers without the use of scaffolding.
Q: When do the new ANSI MEWP regulations go into effect?
A: Aerial equipment owners and operators must be in compliance by December 10, 2019
Q: What are the most common types of aerial lifts?
A: 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
Q: What do I get when I finish this aerial lift training course?
A: Upon completing the online course and passing the exam with a score of 80% or higher (you are allowed two attempts at the exam) you will have immediate access to your printable aerial lift certification and wallet card.