Genie S-65

What you need to Know About Aerial Work Platform Training

Safety is always a priority on every work site. Unfortunately, most accidents or equipment damage happens when operators overlook important safety precautions or don’t fully understand how to operate equipment, this is where aerial work platform training comes in.

At Genie, safety in the industry is our top priority. The first step in ensuring this is to make people aware how important training is to the wellbeing of the operator and the productivity of the machine. What we have realized in the last few years is that there is a lot of misunderstandings and misconceptions in the industry about training, and our goal is to clear up the confusion.

To help with that, we’ve put together a few of the most commonly asked questions we hear about training and the answers:

GS4069DC_0637_r2-VS-2ccDo I need to be trained to operate an aerial work platform?

It is important to know that training is not voluntary; it is required by law. To be in compliance with industry standards, only properly trained personnel should be allowed to operate an aerial platform.

 This means that everyone who will operate an aerial platform must be:

  • Trained according to the ANSI A92 guidelines before being assigned to operate the aerial platform
  • Familiarized with the aerial platform to be operated
    • Knows where the weather resistant compartment for manual(s) storage is located
    • Knows the operating and maintenance manuals supplied by the manufacturer are stored in the weather resistant compartment and is familiar with the operating and safety manuals
    • Understands all control functions, placards and warnings
    • Is aware of and understands all safety devices specific to the model aerial platform being used
  • Made aware of responsibilities of operators
  • Evaluated and retrained, if necessary

How long does Aerial Work Platform training take?

When done properly, the general training component usually takes between 3-6 hours to complete, depending upon the number of students and the number of machines to be trained on. Once general training has been completed, familiarization on additional models should be 15-60 minutes or more in duration depending upon the machine.

Does my Aerial Work Platform Training ever expire?
Currently, ANSI A92 standards do not impose an expiration period for Aerial Work Platform Operator Training. However, an operator may be directed to receive retraining based on observation and evaluation. Situations when retraining may be required include:

  • If the operator has been observed to operate the machine in an unsafe manner,
  • If the operator is involved in an accident or near-miss incident,
  • If the operator has received an evaluation that reveals that operator is not operating the machine safely.

Do I need to show proof of training whenever I operate an aerial work platform?
ANSI Standards do require that an operator can provide “Proof of Training” upon request as outlined below:

Proof of training records need to contain the following information:

(1) Name of entity providing training or retraining

(2) Name of trainer(s)

(3) Clear identification of the model(s) that training covered

(4) Date of training

(5) Name of trainee

A wallet-sized proof of training card is a convenient way for the operator to provide instant proof of training when asked.

Z-34&Z-40_MG_0872 (1)Is training provided in the operator’s chosen language?
Yes. On April 28, 2010, the Assistant Secretary of Labor issued a memorandum that states training must be provided using both a language and vocabulary that operators can understand.

This means that if an operator does not speak or comprehend English, instruction must be provided in a language the operator can understand. Similarly, if the operator’s vocabulary is limited, the training must account for that limitation. Please note: If an operator is not literate, telling them to read training materials will not satisfy the training obligation.

13 comments for “What you need to Know About Aerial Work Platform Training

  1. Scott Owyen
    April 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Someone has commented that the occupant on the left has his lanyard attached to the left side D-Ring on his harness, mistakenly believing that he is not properly attached to the machine. If you look closely, you can clearly see that both the operator and occupant are wearing a double lanyard system and, not visible in the photo due to the angle of the shot, their shorter, fall restraint lanyards are properly attached to the platform anchor points. Six-foot shock absorbing lanyards are not allowed in the stowed position, only fall restraint lanyards or 6′ self-retracting lanyards. Remember, the rule is that the operator has to ensure that they cannot free fall more than six feet, and they cannot touch the surface over which they are operating. Six foot shock absorbing lanyards are only appropriate when the operator is above the minimum fall distance calculation (approximately 18.5 feet or more).

  2. Prathyu
    December 4, 2017 at 6:27 am

    1-In scissor lift even operator in the height outdrigger can deploy, this is safe or not.
    2- what is bi-energy machine?
    3- in machine model sx- x stands for?
    4-the reason behind using only solid tires in machines?

    • Adam Hailey - Director, Product Management
      Adam Hailey - Director, Product Management
      December 4, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hello Prathyu,

      1-In scissor lift even operator in the height outdrigger can deploy, this is safe or not.
      –Being a trained operator is essential to safe use of every MEWP, instructions on the safe use of the machine, including the use of outriggers can be found in the operators manual.
      2- what is bi-energy machine?
      — Bi-energy machines are machines that are designed to utilize two different power sources (a simple type of hybrid). Usually they are battery powered machines that run primarily off of DC battery power and then have a small engine that can be used to charge the DC battery pack, extending the usage of a machine through the day.
      3- in machine model sx- x stands for?
      — The “X” in SX represents the usage of an XChassis, this is the innovative design we developed to make our largest machines productive and transportable, while still being cost effective to purchase and maintain. You can find XChassis on all of our booms from 105ft (SX-105XC) to 180ft (SX-180).
      4-the reason behind using only solid tires in machines?
      — Solid tires typically are used as a way to extend the life of a tire before replacement (solid tires generally have a longer life) or to enhance the stability of a machine. It is important to know what tires are required and approved for use on each machine because they are an important component of the MEWP’s stability.

  3. Cory Rohs
    December 4, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Did they implement the “Y” lanyard where one leg is 3 foot and one 5 foot, I know it has been discussed and is in your training video but not seen anyone comment on it

    • Scott Owyen - Training Manager
      Scott Owyen - Training Manager
      December 4, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Cory. OSHA requires that the operator must ensure that they cannot free fall more than six feet and they cannot strike the surface over which they are operating (ground or structure that they may be rotated over). Each operator must determine their own minimum fall distance calculation that takes into effect their height, length of lanyard being used, length of shock absorb expansion, boom deflection and ground obstacles. In the video you are referring to I am wearing both a fall restraint lanyard (for working anywhere from the ground up to approximately 18.5 feet) and a six-foot shock-absorbing lanyard for work above 18.5 feet so I can move about the platform. Genie also approves the use of a six-foot self-retracting lanyard that has been approved for such use by the Fall protection equipment manufacturer. If you would like additional information on this topic please email me at

  4. Cory Rohs
    December 4, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Seeing a Scissor lift is actually a mobile scaffold if an employee chooses to use it to get to a roof level do they have to be tied off when they transition from the scissor lift to the roof. I know aerial lifts they were required but seeing it is a scaffold it is not addressed- we set up guardrails on the roof and usually keep the platform just inches from the building with really no chance of falling between the lift and the building and guardrail setting on the roof that have a gap of only 12 inches between the rails of the scissor lift and the guardrails we install on the roof

    • Jason Berry - Product Safety Manager
      Jason Berry - Product Safety Manager
      December 4, 2017 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Cory,

      Genie requires 100% tie-off when an operator exits a scissor lift at height. Regarding your question about a scissor lift being considered a scaffold, the OSHA standard that applies to aerial lifts is CFR 29, Part 1926.453 “Aerial lifts.” All of the current ANSI standards are referenced in this section as “national consensus standards” (found in non-mandatory appendix “C” of the same section). OSHA states that these new ANSI standards “…are considered to provide employee protection equivalent to that provided through the application of ANSI A92.2-1969.” The 1969 ANSI standard was the only relevant standard in existence when OSHA first drafted the section for aerial lifts.

      Best Regards,

  5. Cory Rohs
    December 4, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Is Genie releasing new videos to address the different categories of trainers.

    • Scott Owyen - Training Manager
      Scott Owyen - Training Manager
      December 4, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      Hi Cory. Genie will be launching an entirely new MEWP Operator Training Course that includes a Trainer’s Guide, Participant’s Guide and Video that will cover the new requirements for users, trainers, managers and operators.

  6. Cory Rohs
    December 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Spanish Training- If we show the video in Spanish and the company provides a translator is this adequate for taught in chosen language

    • Scott Owyen - Training Manager
      Scott Owyen - Training Manager
      December 4, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Cory. OSHA requires that training be performed in a language that the employee can understand. The use of a translator is acceptable as long as they are there for the entire course (classroom content using the Participant’s Guide, Video, Test and the hands-on practical). It is critical to ensure that the course is taught in its entirety. Please be aware that Genie does offer our Aerial Work Platform Operator Training Course (and Telehandler Operator Training Course) in Spanish as well as English. Another option is to train a bi-lingual instructor in English and then provide them with the Spanish materials so they can teach the Spanish operators in their native language.

  7. December 5, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Will we need to purchase all new Trainers Guides or is Genie going to provide this information? If we need to purchase the new trainer guides what will those part numbers be?

    • Scott Owyen - Training Manager
      Scott Owyen - Training Manager
      December 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

      Hi Jeramy! I hope all is well with you! All aspects of the training kit will be updated – Trainer’s Guide, Participant’s Guide, Video, Cards and Certificates so, yes, there will be a new MEWP Operator Training Kit available once the standards change. The decision on whether to apply a different part number has not been made at this time but we will post information on our web site once it has.

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