OSHA Aerial Boom Lift Safety

This course presents an overview of safe operating procedures for aerial boom lifts and responsibilities of owners, supervisors, and operators.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Aerial Boom Lift Safety
  • Responsibilities
  • Aerial Lift Fatalities and Injuries
  • Tip-overs and Collapses
  • Fall Protection
  • Electric Shock Hazards
  • Inclement Weather Hazards
  • Nearby Work Hazards
  • Safety Features
  • Inspections and Maintenance
  • Safe Work Practices

Course Description

This online Aerial Boom Lift Certification safety training course presents an overview of safe operating procedures for aerial boom lifts. This course will cover the responsibilities of owners, supervisors, and operators. It will cover hazards from uneven surfaces, falling, electric shock, equipment collapse, inclement weather, nearby work, inexperience or improper operation, mechanical defects, and inadvertent operation.

The OSHA Aerial Boom Lifts Safety course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

OSHA Aerial Boom Lift Safety Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Aerial Boom Lift Safety

  • What Is an Aerial Lift?
  • Aerial Boom Lifts
  • Common Terms
  • Trained and Qualified Operators
  • OSHA Regulations
  • ANSI Standards
  • Compliance


  • Responsibilities-Facility Owners and Managers
  • Responsibilities-Supervisors
  • Responsibilities-Operators
  • Training and Credentials
  • Retraining and Recordkeeping

Aerial Lift Fatalities and Injuries

  • Classification of Hazards

Tip-overs and Collapses

  • Uneven Surfaces
  • Outriggers, Brakes, and Wheel Chocks
  • Overextension
  • Load Limits
  • Use for Transport of Materials

Fall Protection

  • Guardrails
  • Three-point Contact
  • Fall-Protection System
  • Personal Fall Protection Equipment Terms
  • OSHA Fall Protection Regulations
  • Common Fall Restraint and Arrest Options

Electric Shock Hazards

  • Overhead Power Lines
  • Insulated Boom Lifts
  • Minimum Safe Distances
  • Working with Power Tools
  • General Precautions

Inclement Weather Hazards

  • Snow or Ice on the Platform
  • Hazardous Atmosphere

Nearby Work Hazards

  • Collisions
  • Entanglement
  • Falling Objects

Safety Features

  • Controls
  • Emergency Stops
  • Interlocks
  • Hydraulic and Pneumatic Components
  • Operator’s Manual, Markers, and Decals

Inspections and Maintenance

  • Worksite Inspections
  • Daily Inspections
  • Periodic Inspections
  • Annual Inspections
  • Maintenance
  • Defective Aerial Boom Lift
  • Safety Procedure after Mechanical Failure
  • Inspection and Maintenance Records

Safe Work Practices

  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Safe Start-up Procedures
  • Safe Shut-down Procedures
  • Safe Work Practices during Operation
  • Working near Traffic


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

This online OSHA Aerial Boom Lift Safety course is designed for drivers, workers, and supervisors, emphasizing hazard identification and safe work practices that apply to all aerial boom lift operators.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Employees must be retrained whenever one or more of the following situations occur:

  1. Changes in the worksite present a hazard that was not previously known; or
  2. Changes in the type of lift, fall protection, falling object protection, or other equipment present a hazard that was not previously known; or
  3. Where Inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving the lifts indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency.

What are the governing regulations?

OSHA regulations applicable to aerial boom lifts are: 29 CFR 1910.67, 1910.269; 1926.453, 1926.454, 1926.502, and 1926.503.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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