Aerial Platform Training


This program is facilitated within the criteria of CSA B354. It will provide workers with the skills to safely operate an aerial lift platform in a workplace.  Upon completion, participants will be able to recognize the hazards that aerial lift platform operators encounter thereby applying skills learned to minimize the occurrence of the associated injuries.  A review of legislative requirements will also be discussed.

Program design

This course is flexible and versatile in adapting to the needs of participants.  Scenarios are utilized to be consistent with the work environments of the participants.  The delivery is lively and fun, in a non-threatening environment and participants are evaluated and assisted throughout to minimize the anxiety associated with written assessment of knowledge.  Humour is used generously to maintain a relaxed atmosphere, and participants are encouraged to share their experiences.  The application of adult learning principles results in a highly interactive atmosphere.  All of the essentials are covered from recognizing, assessing and controlling hazards.

The focus on learning is to consolidate knowledge that can be applied in the safe operation of an aerial platform.  Participants are encouraged to share their own experiences and the group is briefed on the importance of maintaining confidentiality.

Workshop Format
1.On-site education
2.Small and large group discussions
3.Case studies
4.Stress free testing format in a relaxed atmosphere - written and hands-on practice.

Duration: Two days - length of the program is dependent on the actual workplace risks;

What You Will Learn
The workshop includes compulsory modules, which cover the following topics:

(a) the purpose and location of the manuals;
(b) the proper storage of maintenance and operating manuals on the aerial platform when not in use;
(c) the pre-start inspection of the aerial platform;
(d) the inspection of the work area prior to operating the aerial platform;
(e) the responsibility for reporting and recording problems or malfunctions affecting the operation of the aerial platform;
(f) the factors affecting the stability of the aerial platform;
(g) the purpose of placards and decals;
(h) the safety rules and regulations governing the operation of the aerial platform;
(i) the requirement for authorization to operate the aerial platform;
(j) the identification of hazards associated with the operation of the aerial platform;
(k) operator warnings and instructions; and
(l) the actual operation of the aerial platform under the direction of a qualified person

Following the completion of instruction and practice, all trainees shall be evaluated. The evaluation shall be conducted on the specific work tasks and using the classification of an aerial lift platform to which the participants are assigned and as applicable to the participants work environment, based on the following items:

workplace inspection
personal protection equipment
fall protection
capacity plate;
pre-operational inspection;
guardrail system;
distribution of load;
maintaining overhead clearance;
deployment of stability-enhancing devices
slope and grade
elevated driving requirements
snagged platform
workplace specific hazards;
shutdown; and
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