Knuckle Boom Truck Online Training

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Knuckle boom crane online training and certification course, designed by trainers with 15+ years of onsite training experience. The estimated time for this training is 150 – 180 min.

  • OSHA Compliant: OSHA compliant courses that are yearly reviewed & updated to meet the latest standards.
  • Instant Access: After purchasing, have immediate access to the online course.
  • Printable Certificates: Upon completion, trainees will receive a printable certificate and OSHA wallet card.
  • For Businesses: We offer onsite trainings, company accounts and bulk discounts.


What’s in the Knuckle Boom Truck Certification Course?

Our Knuckle Boom safety training course is OSHA compliant, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. 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 by OSHA.

Training Scope: Each class contains the following information:

  • Anatomy & Components
  • Stability
  • Rigging Considerations
  • Safe Operations
  • Hazards

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 150 – 180 min.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors

OSHA Standards: This course meets the following OSHA standards:

  • 29 CFR 1926.180 – Crawler, Locomotive and Truck Cranes
  • 29 CFR 1926.1400 – Cranes and Derricks
  • ASME B30.5 – Mobile and locomotive cranes
  • ASME B30.22 Articulating boom cranes

Why Take Our Online Knuckle Boom Truck Safety Training?

Our online training course provides a substantial, thorough, and effective way to learn how to work safely. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years.

The online course meets the classroom requirement for occupational safety training. It also includes a proficiency checklist that employers can use to perform a practical evaluation, in accordance with standards and regulations.

We have fine-tuned this training to provide you with the best experience possible. Our robust training approach gives an interactive experience that helps learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing costly accidents and fines. Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.

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Why Buy Our Online Knuckle Boom Training?

  • Complete Training: First and foremost our goal is to keep you safe and save you money. Don't risk getting expensive OSHA fines because you settled for a sub-par training program that didn't cover safety topics in depth. Train using a program that helps you retain what is learned so that it is put into practice on job sites.
  • Cost-Effective: Hiring a trainer to come on-site can be expensive. In contrast, our online curriculum lowers costs while still providing a professional training experience.
  • Records Tracking System: We offer an easy-to-use management system so that if you have multiple students who are receiving the training you can have access to all records, all-terrain certificates, observation guides and more! (contact us if you would like us to quickly create a company account for you)
  • Train Your Way: You can use this online training program for new hire training, refresher training or train remotely. Access it from anywhere and work on your schedule.
  • Interactive Learning: Special reminders and quiz questions throughout the course prep students for the final exam so that it is passed the first time.
  • Corporate License: Do you want to host this course on your own server? Contact us about obtaining broadcasting rights for this and any of our other online courses.



Knuckle Boom Lift Training

Knuckle booms are used for access where platforms need to reach both up or over any obstacle.

  • Standards state that a safe use plan must be established for each specific lift.
  • Safety training is crucial when it comes to the safety of employees in the workplace.
  • There are many common hazards associated with boom lifts.

What is a Knuckle Boom Lift?

Boom lifts, in general, have a hydraulic arm connected to a bucket or platform stemming from a grounded base. Boom lifts are known for being able to reach both vertically and horizontally. There are two types of boom lifts: telescopic booms and knuckle booms.

Knuckle booms, also often called articulating booms, are intended for access where platforms need to reach both up and over any obstacle. This means you can work around obstacles such as fixtures, walls, and machinery while maintaining a stable work platform.

A telescopic boom has some maneuverability but is not able to reach up, over, or around obstacles. A telescopic boom is designed for reaching into awkward or tight spaces that are straight up or ahead.

What is it Used For?

Knuckle boom lifts are commonly used by businesses in the oil, forestry, and construction industries. They usually fit through standard doorways and are easy to maneuver around hazards. A knuckle boom lift is often used in tight workspaces. This is due to the fact that the lift gives workers the ability to lift themselves or various items up, over, and out with unprecedented precision. Once in the air, a knuckle boom crane can extend and bend.

Knuckle Boom Limits

Most knuckle boom lifts provide up to 500 pounds of platform capacity. However there are some that can lift around 750 pounds. Standard knuckle Booms can reach heights anywhere from 20 to 70 feet. Each knuckle boom is different depending on the make and model. Be sure to follow the limits set by the manufacturer to ensure maximum safety and stability.

Knuckle Boom Lift vs Cranes

Boom lifts and cranes are made for different tasks and they do not have the same capabilities. A boom lift does not have the same lifting strength as a crane, and a crane is not suitable for lifting workers. Use both pieces of equipment for what they were designed for to ensure everyone’s safety.

OSHA Standards

When it comes to the manufacturing, maintaining, and operating knuckle boom lifts, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) directly mentions the standards established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is important to note that all lifts are considered aerial lifts by OSHA with the exception of scissor lifts, which OSHA considers to be scaffolding.

OSHA does have stringent requirements when it comes to knuckle boom lift training. Here are the topics that must be covered in a knuckle boom lift training:

  • Understanding common hazards such as falls and electrocution
  • Recognizing and avoiding hazards
  • Procedures for handling workplace hazards
  • How to correctly and safely operate the lift
  • Knowing the height and weight limits of the lift
  • Knowing how and when to perform equipment inspections
  • Observing the lift’s manufacturer instructions

It is also required that anyone operating or working on or around the knuckle boom lift must have successfully completed an OSHA-compliant safety training course before their initial assignment.

ANSI Standards

While OSHA tends to use the term aerial lifts when referring to lifts of any kind, ANSI prefers to use the term Mobile Elevated Work Platforms or MEWPs.

ANSI standards state that a Safe Use Plan must be established for each specific MEWP or lift. This plan should include a worksite assessment to identify hazards, evaluate risk, create control measures, and communicate results with the employees. Some other requirements of this plan include:

  • An assessments of the support surface
  • Familiarization of the specific MEWP to be used
  • Monitoring of the work performance of the operator by a trained and qualified supervisor
  • Documentation of records

Qualifications and Training

ANSI requires that MEWP- specific training be provided to operators, occupants, and their supervisors by a qualified person and must be presented in both a language and vocabulary that the employee can understand. There are different training requirements depending on the role of the employees.

Operators can only operate MEWPs on which they have been trained, familiarized, and authorized to operate. Operators must be physically and mentally capable of operating the MEWP safely.

At least one occupant must be taught how to operate the MEWP controls in case of an emergency where the operator becomes incapacitated. This does not give the occupant the authority to operate the MEWP except for an emergency.

Employers must ensure the trained operator is familiarized with the specific MEWP to be used before authorizing the operator to use it. Familiarization includes:

  • Location of the manufacturers operations manuals and confirmation they are present
  • Purpose and function of all controls, features and devices
  • Limitations and operating characteristics

Why is Safety Training Important?

Every work environment is filled with hazards. Whether it be dangerous machinery or simply the physical strain that comes from sitting hunched over a desk all day, there are always hazards that employees should be aware of.

Sadly enough, safety often takes a back seat during the onboarding process and is rarely discussed in the work environment after employment. This means workplace hazards are a serious threat across the world. Every day, OSHA receives reports involving broken bones, deep cuts, loss of hearing, and even death. Workplace incidents account for over 5,000 deaths and tens of thousands of injuries annually.

Here at Hard Hat, we believe that the best way to decrease these mortality rates is by providing employees with safety training that is thorough, memorable, engaging, and entertaining. It’s our mission to leave a strong impression on your employees and make safety a regular part of your workplace culture.

Common Hazards

Knuckle boom lifts can be a very dangerous piece of equipment, and most injuries and fatalities are caused by the most common hazards. In this article we will be discussing five of the most common hazards associated with knuckle boom lifts. These hazards are:

  1. Contact with power lines
  2. Tip overs
  3. Falls from platforms
  4. Struck or crushed by lift
  5. Maintenance related hazards

Throughout the next couple sections we will go into depth about each hazard and explain the best ways to avoid or prevent these from happening.

Powerline Contact

Contact with power lines is the most common hazard associated with working on or around a knuckle boom lift. The accidental connection of any part of a boom lift with a high-voltage powerline can result in crippling injuries and death.

Safety training for employees should address electrical hazards and how to avoid them. De-energizing power lines before attempting to work near them is the safest way to prevent electrical injuries and fatalities.

Tip Overs

Tip overs are the next most common hazard associated with knuckle boom lifts. There are a lot of things that can cause a tip over. The most common cause is working on an incline. Other reasons would include:

  • Overloading
  • Failure to use outriggers
  • Colliding with overhead objects

The best way to prevent a tip over is by following all the guidelines and limits for the specific knuckle boom that is being used.

Falls From The Platform

Falls from a knuckle boom lift platform are not as common because they are caused by behavior that is obviously dangerous. This includes employees who:

  • Don’t use fall protection
  • Climb on the rails while the lift is raised in the air
  • Climb on the outside of the platform during the lift

However, there are some examples that are not caused by a disregard for rules. For example, in a few cases, the lift was struck by another vehicle, throwing the employee or operator from the platform.

Always use the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE) and always follow the procedures and guidelines that have been laid out for your safety.

Struck or Crushed by Lift

One of the less common hazards is being struck or crushed by the lift. Either the operator on the lift is struck or crushed, or an employee working near the lift is injured or killed. Unfortunately, both are a result of the operator not being aware of their surroundings or not being properly trained on the controls.

Once again, safety training is a must. Boom lift operators should successfully complete an OSHA-compliant training course on how to safely operate the lift to avoid these hazards.

Maintenance Related

When knuckle boom lifts aren’t properly maintained, accidents are prone to happen. Never operate a boom lift that is damaged or in need of repair. Daily pre-shift inspections can help identify problems with the machine before a failure occurs.

Hard Hat Training

There are lots of ways to accomplish safety training that are convenient.

But in the end, safety training should be a blessing, not a burden. That’s why we offer a selection of training methods so that you can choose the most convenient one for your company.

OSHA-Compliant Courses

Here at Hard Hat Construction Safety Training of our courses comply with OSHA standards and contain all of the necessary safety information related to the specific training topic. Our learning development and quality assurance teams spend hours researching so that we can provide companies with the best and most vital information! Our MEWP Safety Training and Boom Lift Safety Training courses are available for you today!

For more information check out our related articles What is a Knuckle Boom Used For? and Why is it Called a Knuckle Boom?


Why Do I Need Knuckle Boom Safety Training?

In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA 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, OSHA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) is 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should a knuckle boom be inspected?

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The operator should inspect their machine at the beginning of each shift or workday.

Is it okay to hoist personnel up using the knuckle boom?

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It is very unsafe to do so, but is permissible if the proper safety procedures and planning are implemented beforehand.

How can I avoid knuckle boom tipovers?

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Know the loading capacity of the knuckle boom as well as the tipping points. Ensure the torque on the side of the crane is greater than the leverage. Also, make sure to set your outriggers before using the knuckle boom.

Am I required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when operating a knuckle boom?

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It is up to the employer to determine what PPE you are required to wear when operating a knuckle boom, but it is recommended that you wear a hard hat and reflective vest at all times.

Other Training Options:

We offer two other types of training for this course. The other training types are DIY training kits and a train the trainer certification course. An identical final exam and OSHA-compliant safety training certificate applies, no matter which of the three format options you choose below.

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Our online trainings are great for those who want to learn at their own pace and on their own time. Online trainings can be completed from any location, eliminating the need for expensive seminars.

Employers can assign employees specific trainings and keep track of their progress and exam scores. We also offer group trainings, company accounts, and even bulk discounts for businesses.

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Training Kit

Our kits are the perfect resource for those who want the freedom of training employees themselves. Unlike traditional trainings that are taken once, the kit offers a complete initial training as well as activities and materials to train employees long after they’ve been certified.

These materials include practical evaluations, exams, toolbox trainings, accident profiles, ect.

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Train the Trainer

Train-the-trainer courses allow employers to take full control of the training process. Employees who take these courses are fully certified to use the training kit and train others.

This means that employers can hold training seminars and courses without the need for third-party trainers. We will also include a training presentation and materials to train others.

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Save Big By Buying Course Seats (Credits) In Bulk!

When you purchase (credits) you are essentially buying seats in a virtual classroom. You may assign any employee(s) to any class(es) at any time until those (seats) have all been assigned.

Whether you are looking to save on a few guys or your whole crew, we make it affordable for everyone to get safety training. These discounts are available on all of our online trainings! Look below to see the breakdown of what you can save when you buy your course seats (credits) in bulk with Safety Provisions.

# of Seats % off
25+ seats 10% off
50+ seats 20% off
100+ seats 40% off
250+ seats 55% off
500+ seats 65% off
1000+ seats 75% off

First time training with us, and have fewer than 25 guys to train? No problem, give us a call and we can get you set up with introductory pricing.

Note: You must call to be approved for the bulk discounts above. (208) 252-5331

Online Safety Training FAQs

What does each online class cover?

Generally speaking, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy, including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).

How long is the course?

Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 2 to 2.5 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.

Are these courses OSHA-compliant?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines. But it is important to understand that by OSHA-compliant, we mean it follows to the best of our ability the best practices and safety principles put forth by OSHA. In an online format, it is not possible to cover every code for every situation or hazard across every industry. For this reason, our safety training solutions are tools to further knowledge and help employers train and/or certify their crew. But just because a course or program is OSHA-compliant it does not necessarily mean a company as a whole will be compliant or avoid citation if OSHA were to audit them. There is so much more that goes into collective company compliance with OSHA. For example, workers need to be observed applying in the field what they learned in the classroom. This observation/practical exam should be done by trainers, supervisors, or other designated competent persons. Whether you use our training kits or online courses, we provide guides to help employers do this. Other things that need to be done for ultimate compliance may include but are not limited to: addressing with your crew any gaps in the training or additional hazards or principles specific to your work situation; creating, training on, and enforcing and abiding by written safety programs (also known as plans or procedures); and performing regular inspections and risk assessments.

Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?

Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.

Does this course certify or qualify me?

There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or USB Drive or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?

See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.

How long is the training good for?

OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.

How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?

When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.

Can I customize the classes?

Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.

Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?

All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.

If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?

Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.

Can I resell these trainings?

We do have resale options available. Contact us regarding resale opportunities.

How do I Look Up My OSHA Compliance Safety Certification?

So, you have already purchased a course from us, taken the online training, and passed the certifaction exam with flying colors. Now what? Most people want to print off a copy of thier OSHA Compliance Safety Certification and keep it for your records. Learn how to do that.

6 reviews for Knuckle Boom Truck Online Training

  1. Ryan W.


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      Hello Ryan, We are glad you liked the training! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Please let us not if we can help you with any
      other training in the future! And thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

  2. Geoff K.

    good course

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  3. Julian M.

    It’s good information

  4. Lois K

    good course

  5. David De Teves

    great course

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      Hello David, We are glad you liked the training! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Please let us not if we can help you with any other training in the future! And thanks for choosing Hard Hat Training.

  6. Gary Young

    Very knowledgeable course

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How Does Online Training Work?

Each employee or individual takes the online course at their own pace. Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam (Employers or managers may assign employees to specific safety courses). Quiz questions are included along the way to prepare for the final exam.

Instant access to your safety certification and wallet card is granted when the online course is completed and the subsequent online exam is passed. Once the online exam is passed, administer the practical exam. We suggest correcting any mistakes and having the trainee initial the edit on the practical exam sheet. Congratulations! You have finished your online safety training course.


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