Every year in the U.S. many people are killed on Aerial Work Platforms, which are also commonly called scissor and boom lifts. The proper legal term for them is Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP). Some of these kill the operator, some kill nearby pedestrians. 85-88% of aerial work platform accidents involve operator error, so there is a huge need for good training. The big four killers on aerial work platforms are tip-over, fall, collision and electrocution. FTS Safety, a division of Forklift Training Systems, specializes in aerial work platform training. Aerial work platform training is not something we do occasionally, it is something we do on a regular basis.

Most aerial work platform training today is boring and ineffective. Aerial work platform training is not just about knowing how to run a particular piece of equipment; it is also about being aware of the constantly changing environment around your lift. Our instructors have investigated fatalities and serious injuries; we have seen first-hand what they can do to people and their families. We not only have the right content, but we present it in a way that makes people want to work safety and inspires them to do so.

There are two ways to handle aerial lift training, one is the training of operators and the other is the training of trainers. There is no one best solution for every company, which solution is best will depend on a number of factors such as:

  • How many operators?

  • How much employee turnover?

  • Do you have time to train your people?

  • Your geographic area.

  • Your liability tolerance.

We offer day long operator certification classes, partial day operator re-evaluation classes and full day train the trainer classes.