Wish to congratulate the most recent graduates of the Aerial / Scissor Lift Training held in Shelby, North Carolina.
Some of the discussions during the classroom session were about the different types of fall protection. Some students was able to don the full body harness for their very first time. Some students that had worn the harness prior to the class learned about the proper position of the back D ring for tie off placement. Having it placed in the small of the back was the concern of one of the students since he was actually wearing it father down on his middle back area. He now feels so much better about if he fell his back would be better protected and would provide him with better fall protection.
Traveling on both the aerial lift and the scissor lift was also a first time for multiple students. Learning about the initial pre-start inspection and the every 3 months or 150 hrs inspection was a part of the on hands session. Entering and exiting the lifts, learning about the 3 points of contact at all time was discussed as some students wanted to exit in the forward position instead of the backing down off the lift.
Then came the driving of the lifts through the obstacle course. Many laughs were had as one of the students experienced what happens when the Instructor (Joe Crews) decided to press the emergency stop button on the main control panel. Leaving the student suspended 20 ft in the air, it was time for the students to discover the proper levers to actuate and how to bring the lift to the home position (lowered) safely back down to the ground. Some students sort of knew what to do, but it took some time to discover the mechanisms necessary to actuate to accomplish this task. Laughter was had by all except for the stranded student left in the air.
Congratulations to all the students.
On a side note THANK YOU for suggesting we watch the swearing in of the 45th President of the United States during our lunch time. A first for this instructor as I have always been working and not able to watch each new President take the oath of office.
Work Hard, Play Safe!!!