OSHA Aerial Lift Certification
An aerial lift is a type of equipment used to raise personnel, tools, and materials to elevated work sites. It is also commonly referred to as a “cherry picker” or “boom lift.” Aerial lifts come in many different shapes and sizes and are used in various industries such as construction, warehousing, and event setup. Scissor lifts also fall under the aerial lifts category as they are used to raise personnel and materials to elevated work sites.
Operating an aerial lift can be dangerous if not done properly. That’s why getting the proper training before operating one is crucial. Ferrari Driving School offers OSHA-compliant aerial lift training that will give you much of the skills and knowledge you need to use this type of equipment safely. You will get an OSHA-recognized certificate after successfully completing the course.
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Some of the topics covered in our aerial lift training course include:
- OSHA REGULATIONS FOR AERIAL LIFTS: OSHA has specific regulations that must be followed when operating an aerial lift. This course will teach you what those regulations are and how to comply with them.
- SAFE WORK PRACTICES: You will learn about the safe work practices that must be followed when using an aerial lift, such as how to properly inspect the equipment before use and how to secure the load.
- EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: In an emergency, you must know what to do. This course will teach you how to safely evacuate an aerial lift in the event of an emergency.
- TYPES OF AERIAL LIFTS: There are many different types of aerial lifts, and each one has its own set of safety procedures. This course will teach you about various aerial lifts and how to safely operate them. While the hands-on training includes the operation of a specific type of aerial lift, the knowledge you gain in this course can be applied to any kind of aerial lift.
- PRE-OPERATIONAL CHECKS: Before operating an aerial lift, it’s essential to check the equipment thoroughly. This course will teach you how to properly inspect an aerial lift before use. Furthermore, you will learn how to troubleshoot common problems that may be found during the pre-operational check.
Risk of an A.P.L. collapse can be reduced by:
- Completing proper maintenance of safety systems
- Keeping weight on work platform below manufacturer’s rated limit
- Never using equipment aside from the A.P.L’s mechanisms for raising the work platform
- Isolating the A.P.L. from traffic and other moving worksite equipment to prevent impacts
Aerial devices were once exclusively operated by hydraulic pistons, powered by diesel or gasoline motors on the base unit. Lightweight electrically powered units are gaining popularity for window-cleaning or other maintenance operations, especially indoors and in isolated courtyards, where heavier hydraulic equipment cannot be used. Aerial devices are the closest in appearance to a crane- consisting of a number of jointed sections, which can be controlled to extend the lift in a number of different directions, which can often include “up and over” applications. This type of AWP is the most likely of the types to be known as a “cherry picker”, owing to its origins, where it was designed for use in orchards (though not just cherry orchards). It lets the picker standing in the transport basket pick fruit high in a tree with relative ease (with the jointed design ensuring minimum damage to the tree). The term “cherry picker” has become generic, and is commonly used to describe articulated lifts (and more rarely all AWPs). This type of AWP is now widely used for maintenance and construction of all types, including extensively in the power and telecommunications industries to service overhead lines, and in arboriculture to provide an independent work platform on difficult or dangerous trees. A specialist type of the articulated lift is the type of fire apparatus used by firefighters worldwide as a vehicle to provide high level or difficult access. These types of platforms often have additional features such as a piped water supply and water cannon to aid firefighters in their task. Some articulated lifts are limited to only the distance accessible by the length of each boom arm, however, by the use of telescoping sections, the range can be vastly increased. Some large hydraulic platforms mounted on a lorry can reach heights of over 100 metres. The majority of articulated lifts require a wide supportive base to operate safely, and most models have extending legs/struts to help accomplish this. These legs can be manual or hydraulic (usually depending on size and price of the machine). Some AWPS are classified as “spiders” due to the appearance of these legs. Spiders are also available in especially compact form, to fit through doorways for use inside