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Bucket Truck Safety Training Course


According to OSHA standards, employers must provide employees with a safe workplace. Part of the safety requirements includes sufficient training on all equipment, including bucket truck safety training or mobile elevated work platform (MEWP) training. At Herc Rentals, we provide comprehensive equipment safe operation training to help you comply with all safety and compliance policies and standards.


As specialists in workplace safety education, our instructors have the knowledge and skills to meet your business's unique needs. We provide training sessions right at your facility or job site, allowing your employees to receive hands-on instruction in familiar surroundings. We also provide instructor-led virtual training and online training courses to help you meet your OSHA bucket truck training requirements.



Overview of Bucket Truck Safety Training


Often referred to as cherry pickers, bucket trucks originally assisted workers in the fruit industry by making it easier to harvest fruit from tall branches. Their design makes them extremely efficient and safe to use when following proper OSHA bucket truck safety protocol.


Bucket truck uses have expanded to industries such as utility, construction, window washing, lighting, sign maintenance and forestry due to their multiple variations and combinations. However, this complex equipment requires specialized training to ensure the operators and those in the area remain safe. With an adequate bucket truck safety course, you’ll help prevent accidents, injuries and possible fatalities resulting from careless and unsafe use when working at heights and with heavy equipment.


Whether you have veteran operators or new employees, our instructors provide you with the knowledge and skills to operate bucket trucks safely and with confidence.


Take on-site safety to new heights with our bucket truck safety training course. Simply fill out the form on the right to get started.



Why Is Bucket Truck Training Important?


Each year, thousands of serious injuries and fatalities occur to individuals in aerial lifts. Approximately 80% of fatalities involve contact with electricity. Other common injuries include:


  • Operating a bucket truck without a fall restraint or an operational fall protection system
  • Accidents caused by improper use of side rails, ladders and planks to help increase reach
  • Bucket tip-over accidents
  • Improper work zone setup


Fortunately, most of these injuries may be prevented with proper bucket truck safety training. With any of our training programs, our motto is SAFETY FIRST. SAFETY ALWAYS.


Our comprehensive bucket truck operator training includes:


  • Understanding the equipment: Operators explore the different bucket truck parts, controls and accessories, including the safety features and emergency systems.
  • Inspection protocol: Workers learn the importance of inspecting the equipment before each use to ensure structural and mechanical integrity.
  • Regulatory compliance: All programs include an overview of the required regulations and standards established by OSHA. These regulations typically involve equipment operation, maintenance and safety procedures.
  • Identifying risks and hazards: Operators are taught how to identify potential risks while on the job site. These risks may include overhead power lines, unstable ground conditions or poor weather conditions. Workers learn the proper protocol to eliminate these risks and hazards. This may include guidelines for working safely around electricity, how to use insulated tools and understanding the dangers of shock.
  • Emergency procedures: Bucket truck operators learn how to respond quickly to emergencies, including how to lower the bucket in the event of a power failure, how to administer first aid and when to contact 911. Additional rescue procedures may include using harnesses, lanyards and other devices to slowly lower workers to the ground if the bucket isn’t operating correctly.
  • Importance of safety procedures: Participants learn the key safety procedures involved in operating a bucket truck and their importance in reducing workplace accidents and injuries. This includes minimum clearance requirements, the importance of lowering the boom before moving the truck, proper work zone setup and bucket load limits.
  • Keeping records: Operators learn the importance of keeping safety inspections, incident reports and maintenance records to help create a safety-conscious work culture.
  • Hands-on training: During training, operators receive hands-on training exercises to apply the information learned in the lesson in a controlled environment. This may include operating the bucket truck, performing safety inspections and responding to simulated emergencies.



What You'll Get Out of the Bucket Truck Safety Course


Our comprehensive safety training provides both theory and hands-on practical bucket truck training. With each course, you’ll receive:


  • Risk mitigation: Working with heavy equipment and working at heights poses many hazards. Safety training helps reduce these risks.
  • Industry compliance: Proper training ensures compliance with industry standards. Failure to comply can result in fines, penalties and legal liabilities.
  • Workplace accident and injury prevention: Improper use of bucket trucks can result in accidents and serious injuries. Safety training provides operators with the knowledge and skills to reduce the chances of this happening.
  • Protection of equipment and property: Accidents can also lead to damage or loss of expensive equipment. Training helps reduce the likelihood of expensive repairs due to misuse.
  • Increased productivity: Well-trained employees work with greater efficiency, minimize downtime and help maintain equipment.
  • Safe work culture: Proper training on bucket trucks helps create a safety culture within your organization. Employees who receive adequate training tend to prioritize and adhere to safety standards and look out for themselves and those they work with.
  • OSHA bucket truck certificate: OSHA requires all bucket truck operators to receive mandated training, regardless of how long they’ve been on the job. Upon completion of the training, workers must pass a written test and a practical bucket truck evaluation.


Address your bucket truck safety requirements today by filling out the form on the right to get started.
At Herc Rentals, we provide the comprehensive equipment training your company needs.