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.
- 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.