Aerial work platform manufacturer Genie is inviting customers to ask questions and get answers about operator training for mobile elevating work platforms during its upcoming “Ask Me Anything” event Dec. 4 through 8. On Monday, Dec. 4, Genie will post an AMA prompt on its Genie® Aerial Pros AMA Event page, as well as will be shared on social media simultaneously, to garner questions. The post will stay open, or “live,” for questions and comments through Friday, December 8th. The goal of this fourth Genie AMA event is to educate customers on how the new CSA B354 and proposed ANSI A92 standards in North America will impact aerial operator training.

“Given the importance of safety in the new North American standards, we want to address topics pertaining to aerial operator training in order to answer our customers’ and end users’ questions, as well as to reduce confusion in the marketplace,” said Scott Owyen, Genie training manager, Terex AWP. “This event will focus primarily on providing information about how the CSA B354, as well as the proposed ANSI A92, standards will impact operator training on aerial equipment and what operators need to know to be in compliance.”

According to Owyen, the proposed ANSI A92 standards have very specific language regarding operator training for MEWPs. The approved CSA B354 standards contain similar statements. The new language includes statements such as:

  • Only personnel who have received training compliance with this Standard regarding the inspection, application, and operation of MEWPs (including recognition and avoiding of hazards associated with their operation) shall be authorized to operate a MEWP. 
  • The manufacturer shall develop and offer training materials that will aid dealers, owners, users, supervisors, operators, and occupants to comply with their responsibilities for training and familiarization as outlined in the standards. 
  • Dealers and owners shall offer familiarization at delivery to the person designated by the receiving entity for receiving the MEWP, unless user has made alternate arrangements with the dealer or owner.

Ahead of this event, Genie encourages customers and key stakeholders to gain preliminary information on this topic through a video presentation, which can be accessed through the Genie AMA Event Presentation. Additional information and resources can be found at aerialpros.genielift.com.

Once questions are posted and reviewed, Genie will post responses from its team members, including engineering and safety experts, to the questions in a timely manner. Customers wishing to participate in the AMA event, or simply to follow the questions and responses, can access the Genie Aerial Pros website in a variety of ways, including the dedicated website aerialpros.genielift.com, as well as via www.genielift.com and through the company’s social media pages: Facebook (GenieLift), Twitter (@GenieLift), LinkedIn (Genie Industries) and Instagram (@genie_lift).

“Safety is always job one on every worksite,” said Owyen. “Most accidents or equipment damage happens when an operator overlooks important safety precautions or doesn’t fully understand how to operate the equipment. According to industry regulations and standards, only qualified persons can operate MEWPs. In addition, the MEWP operator must also provide instruction or otherwise ensure that all occupants in the platform have a basic level of knowledge to work safely on the MEWP.

“To provide the type of training needed to comply with industry regulations and standards. Genie offers a two-part operator program — Genie® Lift Pro™ Training — that delivers a standardized training package for MEWPs and telehandlers that will help operators stay safe, productive and in compliance on aerial jobsites.”

Genie Lift Pro training courses are designed to qualify operators in the safe use of MEWPs. The program is designed to provide additional training techniques and information to trainers, giving them the ability to deliver a successful Genie operator training course to other operators. The course is delivered using curriculum that combines both formal and hands-on training, including (but not limited to):

  • The purpose and use of operator’s, owner’s and service manuals, as well as of placards and decals
  • A pre-start inspection
  • Responsibilities of operating an aerial platform
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Workplace inspection
  • Safety rules and regulations
  • Authorization to operate
  • Operator warnings and instructions
  • Actual operation of the aerial platform. Trainees operate the MEWP for a sufficient period of time to demonstrate proficiency in the actual operation of the equipment.

                    For more information about the Genie training programs, including Genie Lift Pro training and Train the Trainer courses, visit http://www.genielift.com/en/service-support/training/index.htm. For in-depth details on Genie products and services, as well as information on issues shaping the aerial industry, visit www.genielift.com.