Aerial Work Platform – Basic Operation and Safety
Aerial Work Platform – Basic Operation and Safety

Aerial Work Platform – Basic Operation and Safety

Areas of Study: Mining | Health and Safety

This course is based on the Genie Z-80/60, which is typical of many aerial work platforms (AWPs). It serves as a great base of training no matter which brand you have. Scissor lifts topics are covered where appropriate. Edumine and VISTA Training are collaborating on the delivery of online courses for mobile and heavy equipment operation, and safety training in mining.

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This course includes online delivery for one person and a VISTA Training Certificate of Completion after requirements are met. It is viewable for up to 60 days.

  • Audience Level:
  • Technical | New to Mining
  • Enrollment:
  • Not Applicable
  • Course Fee:
  • Not Available
  • Duration:
  • 2 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

Aerial work platforms (AWPs) are incredibly versatile machines. But they're also among the most dangerous for workers, due to risks of tip-overs and falls. The majority of manufacturers and operators have strict safety criteria for the operation of these machines. A license and/or insurance may also be required. This course is based on the Genie Z-80/60, which is typical of many AWPs. It serves as a great base of training no matter which brand you have. Scissor lifts topics are covered where appropriate. Trainees should also have some training on the use of fall protection and harness systems.

Course Topics

  • Lessons 1 and 2 cover introductory topics and 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 3 explains how to conduct a 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 lesson covers over 33 safety checks.
  • Lesson 4 reviews the aerial work platform's controls and their functions, using the Genie Z-80/60 as an example. Trainees 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 5 shows the start up and shut down procedures for the aerial work platform. 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 6 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 7 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and recognize aerial work platform features, functions and major components.
  • Identify key safety topics related to pre-use inspection and start up and shut down.
  • Identify the steps for safe, efficient and productive operation of the aerial work platform.

Recommended Background

  • Although we recommend that you take the following prerequisite courses, this course is suitable for anyone with an interest in equipment operation and safety.
  • Recommended prerequisite courses: Heavy Equipment – Introduction and Safety, and Heavy Equipment – Pre-Use Inspection.

VISTA Training

The Silver Series™ of web-based equipment operator training courses was created by VISTA Training of Wisconsin, USA. Each course in the Silver Series™ provides convenient on-demand online access to training on many types of heavy and light equipment. These courses are designed to help trainees become proficient and safe equipment operators, and make it easy for mines, contractors and fleet owners to schedule training when and where it's most convenient for them. They're also ideal for smaller entities that may only need to train a handful of new people per year (e.g. OSHA- or OHSA- or MSHA-related training). Many also use these courses as refresher training for their "experienced" operators. This helps create consistency among the entire team.

These self-study courses focus on how to productively and safely perform common tasks in a mine or around a jobsite. At the end of each course, an integrated test provides an accurate measure of how much knowledge has been retained. Trainees are also able to print a certificate of completion, customized with their name and test score as well as a report showing any incorrectly answered test questions.