Silver Series Web-based Training:

Aerial Work Platform - Operation & Safety

Aerial Work Platform - Operation & Safety is part of VISTA's growing family of Silver Series online training programs, 1-2 hours in length and delivered via the web. They are ideal for new operator training.

Aerial work platforms (AWPs) are incredibly versatile machines. But they're also among the most dangerous for workers, because of the risks of tip-overs and falls. The majority of manufacturers and operators have strict safety criteria for the operation of these machines. In some countries, a license and/or insurance is also required. This program is based on the Genie Z-80/60, which is typical of many AWPs. Trainees should already have some training on the use of fall protection and harness systems before beginning this program, as a prerequisite to safe operation of an aerial work platform.

Silver Series: Telehandler - Operation & SafetySilver Series: Telehandler - Operation & Safety

This program contains six lessons:

Lesson 1 - Safety awareness: This lesson guides trainees to know safe work practices and procedures and to be able to spot dangers and hazards. Categories of safety labels and decals are explained. It also covers qualifications and responsibilities of operators. This lesson also emphasizes securing the work area so that people on the ground don't get injured.

Lesson 2 - Pre-use inspection: Aerial work platforms can hoist operators high enough that a fall would be fatal; it's worth inspecting them carefully. This detailed presentation covers over 33 safety checks.

Lesson 3 - Controls: Using the Genie Z-80/60 as an example, trainees will learn about the control panels on the base of the machine and in the platform. All of the functions on each panel are carefully explained in this lesson.

Lesson 4 - Start-up and shutdown: Preparing the machine to work, starting at the ground control panel, is explained in a clear, step-by-step manner. This lesson also covers cold weather starting.

Lesson 5 - Function testing: This lesson shows trainees how to uncover malfunctions before the machine is put into service. Trainees learn to select a suitable location, and to follow step-by-step procedures to test all machine functions located on both the ground and platform controls.

Lesson 6 - Machine operation: This lesson outlines important details about machine operation. Here, trainees learn the fundamentals which will guide them to make correct decisions in their work with the AWP. Special emphasis is given to working within the maximum allowable slope parameters, coordinating the direction of travel, engine rpm settings, operating envelope indicator lights and remedies, working on the platform, and a note about welding and pneumatic connections.

Trainers: Before you begin classroom or field training, why not provide your trainees with a solid foundation of knowledge about the equipment and how to operate it safety? This web-based training course can be delivered any time, anywhere you have access to a high-speed internet connection.


Recommended Prerequisite(s): Heavy Equipment - Intro & Safety, Heavy Equipment - Pre-Use Inspection
Estimated Length of Training Program: 1 hour + final test
Number of Test Questions: 28
Printable Certificate of Completion: Yes, with person's name, date and test score
Incorrect Question Feedback report: Yes
Language: English
Narration: Yes

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