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Hazards Associated with Aerial Lifts

In October 2013, we published a blog about a fatal accident involving an aerial lift in Butte Montana.  A 46-year-old man was thrown from the bucket of a lift vehicle when it fell over on its side. In February 2014, OSHA cited the company for failing to report the fatality within the statutory eight hours. They were fined $2,000 and the case was closed.

More citations were promised by Jeff Funke, area director for OSHA. Questions were raised about whether the operators of the aerial lift were properly trained and whether the two men in the bucket were wearing safety harnesses when the rig tipped over. When the first, and apparently, only citation was issued, Funke admitted that there were “extenuating circumstances” over which the employer “did not have control of at that time.”

Hazards Associated with Aerial Lifts

Lessons learned?

It is very easy to read this news over a cup of coffee or while sitting in the porcelain library and feel a sense of righteous indignation. If anything positive is going to come out of this, maybe it can serve as a reminder that aerial lift safety is everybody’s job. While it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure all lift workers are properly trained for the task at hand and on the equipment at hand, at the very least you can educate yourself about the risks and hazards associated with aerial lifts.

We said this before but it bears repeating, one quick way of reminding yourself how to operate an aerial lift safely is to OSHA’s Quick Card about aerial lift safety. Ask your employer to post copies in places where lift operators have time to stand around, like the water cooler, the rest rooms, etc. Stick a laminated copy in the lift buckets. Stick copies on any flat surface.

Finally, if anybody tells you to get in a bucket without a safety harness, tell them to stuff it.

Everything You Need to Know About Aerial Lifts

If you drive a forklift, you may be interested in another piece of equipment that offers great job security for well-trained operators: aerial lifts. Here are a few things about aerial lifts you need to know:

There are many hazards and dangers associated with aerial lifts. Some of these include falls, tip-overs, coming into contact with overhead objects, ejections from the aerial lift platforms and many others.

The aerial lift is popular with many different Everything You Need to Know About Aerial Liftstypes of work. Construction companies, plumbers, painters, maintenance workers, mechanics and many other people use aerial lifts every day.

Safety is very important. Because aerial lifts can reach hundreds of feet into the sky, there are many rules and regulations on how to properly use them. OSHA (the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration) always checks to make sure companies and workers are following these guidelines.

They’re very popular. Instead of scaffolding and ladders, aerial lifts are used because they’re more durable and dependable. Hundreds of thousands of new aerial lifts are made every year!

Properly trained aerial lift workers have a big advantage over unqualified job seekers. When a company wants to hire an aerial lift operator, they’ll check to make sure the applicant has the latest instruction and training. Hiring an untrained operator is just too risky. knows aerial lifts – that our passion! We’re the #1 supplier of online aerial lift training, and our staff includes many industry experts. Our training is designed to help you do your job better, and more safely. That’s the bottom line. And that’s why many companies (small, medium and large) depend on CMO for their training. We help with aerial lifts, scissor lifts, fall protection and other important safety training.

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For more OSHA updates, aerial lift news and other stories, check back often to the CMO blog. Thanks for reading!

Tips for Applying to a Warehouse Job

With proper forklift training, you have a better chance than other drivers of getting that warehouse job. If you noticed a recent internet or newspaper ad about a warehouse job, it’s time to apply!

Keep these items in mind when you’re getting ready to fill out the application:

Double-check your spelling and grammar. Everything else equal, a warehouse will take the applicant with the neater application.

Blow your own horn. If you’re a high school honors graduate, say so. Or, if you’ve just completed a forklift training course, mention your OSHA credentials. Every little bit helps.

Do your research. Learn about the company you’re applying for. Find out what forklifts they use. If you get to the interview stage, this information will tell the interviewer that you’re prepared.

Ask for the job. It sounds a little too obvious, but some warehouse bosses like a job applicant who just comes right out and asks for the job. You’d be surprised at how many times this works!tips for applying to warehouse job

We hope these tips can help you land that warehouse job. With the American economy bouncing back slowly, it will take some patience and even a little luck to get the job you want. As we discussed, giving yourself the best possible shot means getting the best training possible. And is the best online training company out there. We’ve helped many aerial lift and scissor lift operators find warehouse jobs.

With our convenient and affordable online format, you can have the best safety training done on your own schedule. Plus, our fall protection instruction and other classes can take your career to the next level. The CMO contact page has plenty of ways to reach us, and if you’d like to speak with our customer service team, just call (602) 277-0615.

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Genie Unveils Protective Overhead Alarm System

Genie Unveils Protective Overhead Alarm System

Genie Unveils Protective Overhead Alarm System

Aerial lift operators face some unique on-the-job dangers. But Genie’s new overhead alarm system will help with overhead objects.

The alarm system, Genie’s latest safety feature for its aerial lifts, is called the new generation Operator Protective Alarm (OPA). The alarm will work with Genie aerial work platforms (AWPs).

The alarm technology is based on Lavendon’s ‘SkySiren’ system. The OPA can be used with any Genie AWP built since 2002 that was made for certain markets (Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Russia). Plus, the newest Genie OPAs can be transferred from one machine to another. That will make it easier for plant and warehouse operators to use the alarms for aerial lifts that are in operation.

“Our customers requested an additional option for operator overhead protection and we are responding by offering the Genie OPA,” said Carlo Forini, director of business developments and product management at the EMEAR division of Terex Aerial Work Platforms, Genie’s parent company.

How does the system work? When the operator makes contact with an overhead obstacle, a “system shut-down” takes place. Basically, the system stops all aerial lift functions. Also, a loud alarm and bright flashing strobe light help warn others that there is potential danger above.

“By offering the OPA along with the Genie OPS, our customers will be able to configure their machines as best suited to specific jobsite conditions,” Forini said., much like the Genie OPA, can help your aerial lift operations runs more smoothly and also much safer. Our courses are popular with many well-known companies like Harley-Davidson, Siemens, Verizon, Jenny Craig and others. With affordable online courses and a 100% pass rate, you can find the right course for you, whether it’s for scissor lifts, fall protection training and train the trainer courses.

To get started, please call us at (602) 277-0615, or visit our contact page. Thanks for reading the CMO blog – and stay tuned for further industry updates.