Did you know…
- Only 18% of construction companies conduct ongoing health and safety training with their staff?
- Most small and medium-sized construction companies don’t even have a written jobsite safety policy?
- The US had a worksite fatality rate of 10.8 per 100,000 – higher than most other industrialized nations?
These statistics come from risk management and regulatory law specialists Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. They suggest a number of steps to help minimize liability, including to review your health safety plans and emergency rescue plans regularly, have a communications plan and review accident reports.
But there’s one step that rises above all the others – Educate Your Workforce.
Why Aerial Work Platform Training Matters
When it comes to aerial work platforms and industrial stock pickers, worksite safety is all the more vital. Work platforms already offer improved safety over most of the alternatives for working at height, and this is true for everything from boom lifts to low- level access.
But operational safety training for how to use these machines not only reduces workplace accidents even more, but it reduces your risk for liability and workers compensation claims.
Safety is the number one goal at Absolute E-Z Up®, which is why all our work platforms and material handling equipment are designed to be safe and easy to use. If you value safety and expertise as much as we do, we recommend you and your staff take an aerial work platform training certification course.
7 Factors in Choosing a Safety Training Program
There are several training programs available to help improve aerial work platform safety. To choose the best one for your operation, here are 7 factors to consider:
- How many people need to be trained?
- What level of training do they need?
- What is your training budget?
- Are you under time constraints to have your staff complete the training?
- Do you need to provide training at multiple locations?
- Are you required to keep training records?
- Does the program provide training for the skill and knowledge needed to comply with local and state OSHA requirements?
Who Provides Operator Training?
There are several companies that provide aerial work platform and material handling operator safety training, either classroom and online, including:
Another great option is a company you already know and trust - Absolute E-Z Up. We’re an IPAF-certified training center and can provide your team the aerial work platform training they need. The courses can be done at our facility or yours, whichever is more convenient.
Available training through AEUP includes:
- Train the Trainer – This is a great option if you have a lot of turnover, or if your company is growing. It’s frustrating to send your people to a far-off training program and then half of them are gone a year later. Having your own certified trainer on site will save you lots of money and hassle, and ensure you always have a workforce that knows and follows the highest safety standards.
- Operator Training – This one-day course is the standard training program for anyone using aerial work platforms. And AEUP offers an online course as well. Learn more about IPAF training courses here.
- Company Training – Bring your whole staff (or have our IPAF-certified trainers come to you) and get everyone up to speed on their work platform safety and operation skills.
Ready to get trained and improve your risk management?
What is IPAF?
IPAF is the International Powered Access Federation, a nonprofit comprised of manufacturers, rental companies, contractors and users that promotes the safe and effective use of powered access worldwide.
IPAF is involved in safety on a daily basis promoting the correct, safe way that operators and users of equipment should follow. They are not affiliated with any one manufacturer; they just have the goal of ensuring that safety standards are taught correctly before anyone takes on the responsibility of operating equipment.
Why IPAF Certification Matters
Besides protecting your employees (and yourself) from getting hurt, IPAF certification also ensures your company meets health and safety requirements for most government work-at-height regulations.
IPAF also regularly audits all their approved training centers. Absolute E-Z Up takes our commitment to worksite safety seriously. Whether you bought your work platforms from us or not, you need to get trained, and we’d love to help.
Our Commitment to Safety
Absolute E-Z Up places safety in the forefront of everything we do. Our belief is “Be the best we can be”, so we have incorporated IPAF’s way of training into our work platform safety program.
Contact us to get started on your IPAF training courses today, and ensure your team works more efficiently and safely!