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Operator Employment Requirements for Mobile Aerial Work Platforms

CSA (Canadian Standards Association) and ANSI (American National Standard Institute in the US) are associations that note legal requirements before opening Mobile Aerial Work Platforms. Legislation has been the result of critical accidents while working on or around these vehicles. Prior to applying for work or before working independently, personnel who are interested in filling these operator positions should be well informed of the tasks and training required.


Personnel who which to operate them must receive training from their employers. This includes both theory and physical practice. They need to be re-certified at regular intervals or when accidents are occurring to be considered competent in their operation of these vehicles. A mobile Aerial Work platform is a personnel elevating device which can be utilized for material handling purposes as well. Operator who drive, operate and configure the Mobile Aerial Work Platforms must do so to best position other personnel, tools and materials in an elevated work location.


There are many job opportunities for competent operators of mobile Aerial Work platforms in Canada and particularly the Oil Sands. Positions such as Warehousing, Storage personnel, factories and oil and gas are popular employment opportunities for workers with the correct skills and safety attitudes. Other employment openings are for material handling, automated storage and retrieval system workers and bulk material unloaders . Additional training that the employer might ask for are be fall protection training, inspecting a harness, fit testing of equipment and education on maintenance and use. In addition, the operator should know how to operate the fire extinguisher on the vehicle and its maintenance. If it is and electric battery powered device, the operate should be trained on battery handling. WHMIS on chemical exposure, First aid and Rescue from heights if the worker might be ejected from the vehicle (in a Fall Protection rescue plan) are other forms of training that many employers provide to operators of Mobile Aerial work platforms. If the Oil Sands Safety Association request EWP (elevated work platform) Training, it will be the OSSA version. In that regard, the Fall protection training must also be OSSA and completed prior to taking OSSA EWP course.

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