Aerial Work Platform Operation and Safety

Operating an aerial work platform (AWD) is a highly skilled job that is dangerous if not done properly. This course is designed to teach participants about safe AWD operation.  Because every AWD and situation is different, this course also teaches participants how to handle surface conditions, stability, proper manipulation, positioning, and vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Course Duration:
Classroom Training – 4 hours
Practical Training – 4 hour/3 people (new operators)

– 1 hour/per person (re-certifications)

Who Should Attend:
Persons who wish to or are required to operate an Aerial Work Platform.
Section 252(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations states:

 “A person shall not operate mobile equipment unless he or she has received adequate instruction and has demonstrated to a supervisor or instructor that he or she is a competent operator; he or she has been authorized to operate mobile equipment, and; he or she is familiar with the operating instructions for a particular equipment before he or she attempts to operate it.”

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:
Upon completion of “AWP Operation and Safety” each participant will have an awareness of:
  • The parts and controls of the AWP
  • How to perform a pre-use inspection
  • How to ensure AWP stability
  • The process of operator certification
  • How to handle varying surface conditions
  • How to lift and put down the platform
  • How to position the platform when elevated
  • Different hazards with regard to location, varying activities and environment
  • The fundamentals of safe AWP operation
  • How to work safely in dangerous situations