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Aerial Work Platform Training

1Contact Safety’s aerial / mobile elevated work platform training course is designed for any worker that operates scissor lifts or articulating boom lifting devices in either an industrial establishment or on a construction site. This is important to avoid potential fines or work suspensions in the event of a Ministry of Labour Inspection as inspectors will verify that all workers have the training, knowledge and experience necessary to operate any lifting device they use on a regular basis, as well as ensure that their supervisors are qualified to oversee workers’ operation of these devices. For more information on the applicable laws, legislation and standards for elevating work platforms, visit the MOL’s web page here.

Course Components

The educational platform consists of a combination of theory and practical modules which will educate students on the concepts and principles for safe operation of both scissor lift and articulating boom style lifting devices. The course material is energetically delivered by an experienced trainer covering the following topics as they relate to the safe operation of Mobile Elevated Work Platforms:

Safety regulations and legal requirements

Hazards and risks related to the operation of MEWP equipment

Identifying safe and unsafe work environments

Personal fall protection used in the industry

How to properly perform a daily inspection

Basic battery and propane safety as it relates to equipment use

Review of the owner’s manual

A hands-on demonstration of the operational controls

Practical time operating the equipment

Does my equipment require Aerial / Mobile Elevating Work Platform training? 

Generally speaking, this training is required for employees working in warehouses and constructions sites. However, regardless of the industry, anyone using an aerial lift or mobile elevated work platform must receive proper training and certification prior to using this type of lift equipment. According to Ministry of Labour provisions, Industrial Establishments Regulation (Reg. 851) (applicable if work is conducted on an Mobile Elevated Work Platform / EWP at an industrial establishment such as a factory or warehouse) and Construction Projects Regulation (O. Reg. 213/91) if an employee is using a Mobile Elevated Work Platform / EWP at a construction project, the following equipment is classified as an elevating work platform and requires this kind of training: 


Scissor lifts, articulated boom lifts, individual personnel lifts, self-propelled lifts, manual “push-around” lifts, elevating rolling work platforms, self-propelled elevating work platforms, boom-type elevating work platforms, vehicle-mounted aerial devices and aerial work platforms.

Still Unsure?

If your employees use any of the aforementioned equipment types, or something similar, you’ll need to provide them training with theoretical and practical training on the safe use and operation of this equipment, as well as all the related safety hazards involved. If you're not sure what type of training you'll need, don't hesitate to ask us for a consultation: 

General Requirements:

Anyone operating an aerial work platform must be provided with information and training on how to safely use the EWP device they will use over the course of their employment, including periodic refreshers courses to verify on-going competence as an operator. Elevated work platform operators are also required to keep proof of their training on site in the event of a MOL inspection while employers are required to maintain accurate and up-to-date records of their operator training and certifications onsite at all times.

A Word on Online Training

Online certification has some benefits as it is often less expensive and can be completed at any time from just about any location you want. These benefits make it a compelling option for some, however, there are some significant drawbacks. Online training courses are great for theoretical training but that’s it. It is impossible to receive practical hands-on training online, which presents a number of issues when it comes to safely operating aerial work platforms and lift equipment.

Drawbacks of Online Training

There are also quality issues to consider when it comes to online training platforms. First, it has been shown that online-only training imparts lower quality and less transferable experience and makes it more difficult for employees to fully retain the information and instruction they’re provided. On the other hand, in-person training from a qualified service provider allows for real-time assistance, question and answer sessions and a customized training platform specifically designed for your unique application and equipment.  

Get Certified with 1 Contact Safety

As you can see, we've developed a comprehensive and in-depth training course that's perfectly designed to improve the safety of your workers and facility as well as improve productivity. Whether it's on-site or at one of our training locations, we'll ensure you or your workers are fully prepared to operate aerial work platforms with the skill and ease of a professional while being legally compliant. Press the button below to book your training course or for more information:

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