In-Person and Zoom Training
Aerial Boom, Bucket Truck, and Scissor Lift
Aerial Work Platforms have been renamed and are now called Mobile Elevating Work Platforms or MEWPs. Along with the new terminology for lifts is a new classification system. Previously, Aerial Work Platforms were classified by product type like scissor lifts and boom lifts. MEWPs will now be classified into “groups” and sub-divided into three “types.” “Group A” MEWPs move vertically like scissor lifts but stay within the chassis or tipping lines. “Group B” MEWPs like boom lifts can move beyond the machine’s chassis or tipping lines (wheels or outriggers). Type 1 MEWPs can only travel with the platform in a stowed position.
Type 2 MEWPs can travel elevated and is controlled from the chassis. Type 3 MEWPs can travel elevated and is controlled from the platform. The program includes hands-on exercises, equipment inspections, and an operator certification evaluation test by the instructor. Training Topics Include:
- Selection and use of the appropriate MEWP, and Familiarization of the specific MEWP to be used.
- Monitoring of the work performance of the operator by a trained and qualified supervisor.
- A frequent inspection must be performed prior to placing a MEWP into service or if the MEWP has been out of service longer than three months.
- The annual inspection must be performed at least once every 12 months.
- Pre-start inspections must be performed every day or at the beginning of each shift.
- Self-rescue by operator; Assisted rescue by others at work site; Technical rescue by emergency services.
- Operators – Can only operate MEWPs on which they have been trained and authorized to operate. Operators must be physically and mentally capable of operating the MEWP safely.
- Occupant – MEWP operators must provide instructions and make sure all occupants have a basic level of knowledge to work safely on the MEWP. At least one occupant must be taught how to operate the MEWP controls in case of an emergency where the operator becomes incapacitated.
- Familiarization – 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 manufacturer’s operation manuals and confirmation they are present.
- Purpose and function of all controls, features and devices.
- Limitations and operating characteristics.