Safety Training

TOP 10 REASONS TO GET AERIAL LIFT TRAINING AT PREMIER PLATFORMS

As we noted in an earlier post, there is no such thing as OSHA aerial lift “certifications.” However, OSHA does require that all aerial lift operators have documentation of training.

Many outfits offer bare-minimum training as a way to make a buck, but few have the vast experience, expertise, and access to all types of lift equipment we offer at Premier Platforms, a leading provider of aerial lift training services.

If it’s the best you’re after, we’ve got you covered. Here are the top ten reasons you should consider Premier for all of your aerial lift training needs.

  1. Over 20 years experience learning about, operating, and working in the aerial lift industry.
  2. Informal and even fun training programs. We don’t just lecture or play a tape. We know you are an adult so we treat you that way.
  3. We have the widest array of units available to train on, meaning we have the experience and expertise to train you up on whatever lifts you’re using on your site.
  4. We are extremely flexible. Just give us a call and we can set up a training program that works for you. If you own your own equipment, we can even come to you to train your employees onsite with the actual equipment they’ll be using.
  5. We structure our training around the needs of the customer. If you rent lifts from us, we can train you on those, as well as others that you plan to use in the future.
  6. Our training covers all major categories. We can train you on aerial work platform (AWPs), including boom lift (knuckle), scissor lift (mobile scaffolding), and vertical mass lifts. We also train specifically on all 7 classes of forklifts: from electric to rough terrain.
  7. You’re done when you’re done. We don’t allow trainees to leave until they understand the material and are confident in machinery operation. We can work on particular maneuvers, or train up on a variety of equipment however long as necessary.
  8. You are expected to also know the nuances of manufacturer standards of operation, which often conflict with general rules. This is not covered in standard training manuals, but our knowledge of the major manufacturers means we can pass along that expertise to our customers.
  9. We’re affordable and convenient. Just call and ask us how and when we can best serve you.
  10. Upon completion of your training at Premier Platforms, you will receive a pen and a hip reflective visor that says “Smooth Operator.” Your friends will be green with envy!

Call today to schedule your expert aerial lift training at Premier Platforms, or to ask any questions that you may have.

770-922-7677

THE FACTS ON OSHA AERIAL LIFT “CERTIFICATION” (HINT: THERE’S NO SUCH THING)

Aerial lift certificationManagers, you know that OSHA requires your aerial lift operators to have proper training, but did you know there’s no such thing as an aerial lift “certification”?

Spend 2 seconds Googling “aerial lift certifications” and you’ll find no lack of resources, many coming from our competitors. In fact, you’ll find 174,000 results for that search.

That’s because our competitors are counting on you to not know all the facts, and to choose a program that appears to “certify,” since that sounds official. Except the reality is that there is no such thing as an OSHA lift certification.

THE FACTS ON WHAT OSHA REQUIRES

OSHA does not grant, nor empower others to grant, aerial lift certifications. It only requires that drivers be over 18 and have a verification of completion of training. This verification is sometimes referred to as an “aerial access card” carried by drivers, though in practice most OSHA enforcers access training records in an employer’s office.

Here’s what OSHA does require for aerial lift training, in its own words:

1926.454(b)
The employer shall have each employee who is involved in erecting, disassembling, moving, operating, repairing, maintaining, or inspecting a scaffold trained by a competent person to recognize any hazards associated with the work in question.

Full text: https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=STANDARDS&p_id=10755

The word “certification” literally does not even appear in the aerial lift training standards guide put out by OSHA. You can see for yourself by clicking the above link and searching the page for “certification.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, but anyone claiming to sell you an aerial lift “certification” is either ignorant of the rules (not a good sign), or is playing fast and loose, hoping their potential customers don’t know any better (very bad sign).

HONESTY IS OUR POLICY, AND EXPERIENCE IS OUR DIFFERENTIATOR

At Premier Platforms, our knowledge of our customers is our greatest competitive advantage. We believe that by laying out the truth, you’ll be empowered to make better decisions for your business.

Virtually anyone can call themselves a trainer. What matters to your workplace safety and productivity is working with expert trainers, with deep industry expertise, extensive operational experience, and access to all types of aerial platforms, from boom lifts to forklifts and everything in between. If you want the best workers, you’ll need the best trainers.

Ready to have the best-trained aerial lift workforce around? Skip the noise and contact the professionals today.

770-922-7677