KC Instructors Attend AWP Safety Guidelines Training

September 26, 2016

Kaskaskia College Instructor Mark Kohnen (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) and Instructor Pete Donnelly (Carpentry Occupations) recently attended an Aerial Work Platform (AWP) Safety Guidelines Train the Trainer Program.

Both instructors are now certified to train and certify personnel on Aerial Work Platform units including boom lifts, scissor lifts, manually propelled personnel lifts and towable lifts. This certification will bring industry personnel in compliance with OSHA 1926.453 Subpart L Regulations. This certification also allows individuals to become American National Standards Institute (ANSI A92) compliant. This certification is often required by companies before any type of aerial lift operation is allowed.

This training prepares an individual to understand the hazards involved in operating specific equipment. The course includes in-classroom and hands-on training for Aerial Work Platforms.
The training prepared the KC instructors in a variety of responsibilities: as a user and operator, pre-start inspections, workplace inspections, inspecting various types of equipment and preventing accidents and identifying hazards in operation.

Kohnen, Donnelly and Facilities Director Jennings Carter also attended a Train the Trainer Program in July to certify personnel on counterbalanced (gas and electric) forklifts, electric pallet trucks, and reach truck/order pickers. This training program provided training for electric, LPG, gasoline or diesel operated powered industrial trucks.

Kaskaskia College now has several OSHA training capabilities to include, EPA Refrigerant Disposal, OSHA 10, OSHA 30, Aerial Work Platform and Forklift certification. All trainees must pass a written test and an operator performance evaluation test. OSHA requires a written test with pass/ fail standards. The program material is available in English or Spanish.

According to Instructor Kohnen, β€œI believe there is a market for this certification as many contractors are most likely unaware of the accidents that occur on these machines every day. Many contractors are most likely unaware of the cost associated with fighting a lawsuit in the event of an accident with OSHA or their own insurance company. In the event an accident happens on an AWP or Powered Industrial Truck, it is imperative that the operator is certified to drive said equipment, or the company could be at a huge liability risk.”

Dean of Career and Technical Education George Evans adds β€œIt is our goal to continue to certify as many of our heavy industrial trade faculty in industry recognized credentials, such as OSHA, AWP, EPA, AWS and others. We are staying on top of the industry standards and are making these trainings available to our students in the classroom, as well as to business and industry throughout the KC district.” These trainings have been made possible through the Career and Technical Education Carl Perkins Grant.

If anyone is interested in learning more about any of the industry credentials Kaskaskia College offers, please contact Cydney Richardson at crychardson@kaskaskia.edu or (618) 545-3256.