The Bucket Truck Aerial Lift safety courses from Safety First Training are OHSA based programs that teach the setup and safe operation of the bucket truck aerial lift. The courses covers the steps of pre-operation inspections, overall equipment features, safe operation procedures and hazard avoidance. Training is offered around Southern Ontario including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, Markham, Oakville, Burlington, Hamilton, Niagara, Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge. We also offer Train the Trainer courses for Bucket Truck Aerial Lift.

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Bucket Truck Aerial Lift Training and Certification

Bucket Truck Operator Training training program is crafted based on specific guidelines:

  • CSA Standard CSA-225 – This standard focuses on vehicle-mounted aerial devices, detailing the essential knowledge, practical skills, and evaluation standards required for operators. The evaluation emphasizes the need for operators to exhibit a proficiency that is at or above the recognized industry benchmarks.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, REGULATION 851, INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS – This applies specifically to the training associated with the safety of aerial lifts.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction to the Course
  • Overview of Relevant Government Legislation
  • Bucket Truck Safety Instructional Video
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Workers, Supervisors, and Employers
  • Identification of Different Aerial Lift Types
  • Pre-use Operational Checks
  • Guidelines for Inspection, Maintenance, and Documentation
  • Understanding of Lift Capacity and Load Limitations
  • Fall Protection Equipment Requirements and Inspections
  • Procedures for Safe Operation

Operating a bucket truck can be dangerous, and it’s important to take precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Here are some tips for operating a bucket truck in Ontario:

  1. Perform a pre-operation inspection: Before using the bucket truck, inspect it for any damage or defects. Check the brakes, tires, hydraulic system, and other components to ensure that they are in good working order.
  2. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE): Always wear PPE, such as a hard hat, safety glasses, gloves, and high-visibility clothing, when operating the bucket truck. This will protect you from falling objects, electrical hazards, and other hazards.
  3. Follow traffic laws: When driving the bucket truck on public roads, follow all traffic laws, including speed limits, stop signs, and other traffic signals.
  4. Use the bucket properly: When using the bucket, ensure that it is fully extended and locked in place before entering it. Use the safety harness and other safety equipment provided by the manufacturer, and never exceed the load capacity of the bucket.
  5. Stay clear of power lines: When operating the bucket truck near power lines, maintain a safe distance of at least 3 meters (10 feet) and ensure that the boom and bucket are properly grounded.
  6. Avoid unstable ground: Never operate the bucket truck on unstable ground, such as soft soil or steep slopes. Always use outriggers or stabilizers to ensure stability.
  7. Follow safety protocols: Follow all safety protocols and procedures established by your employer or the equipment manufacturer. If you are uncertain about the safety of a task, seek guidance from a supervisor or qualified expert.
  8. Use a spotter: When backing up or maneuvering the bucket truck in tight spaces, use a spotter to help guide you and alert you to any hazards.
  9. Maintain the equipment: Regularly maintain the bucket truck to ensure that it remains in good working order. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance and inspection intervals.

By following these tips, you can operate a bucket truck safely in Ontario and minimize the risk of accidents and injuries.


Train the Trainer – Bucket Truck Lift

Our professional Train the Trainer certification course for Bucket Truck Lifts allow our clients to learn how to teach OHSA based courses directly to their employees. When individuals or groups of employees need safety training, these train the trainer programs can be more cost effective than hiring outside training companies. We will train you to be an effective Bucket Truck Lift safety trainer for your company.

Our Train the Trainer Course Package include:

  • Professional Teaching Guide
  • Participant Course Handout
  • Evaluation Forms
  • Wall Certificate template
  • Instructor Course Presentation
  • Course Test and Answer Key
  • Course Video Supplement
  • Wallet Card template

Bucket Truck

  • A bucket truck is used for lifting and lowering workers to places that are too tall for ladders
  • Some are designed with a single or double arm boom
  • Can be constructed of wood, fiberglass, metal or reinforced plastic
  • This is considered a mobile type of aerial lift as it has an aerial device attached to a truck. Made with fiberglass or steel platform (bucket), the aerial mechanism is locked to a hydraulic or electric lifting system (this includes a rotating turret and lifting arms). Bucket Truck operators are required to be trained in fall protection safety as workers can be lifted to increased heights and a safety harness must be worn at all times.

Scissor Lift

  • Also known as an aerial work platform, elevating work platform or mobile elevating work platform
  • Generally used for general maintenance
  • Usually capable of being set up and operated by a single person

Aerial Lift (Genie Boom)

  • Also known as a Telescopic boom
  • Perfect for areas with limited access in construction and industrial applications
  • Easy to adjust drive speed

Safety – Always!


  • Work in compliance with your provincial Occupational Health and Safety Regulations
  • Read and follow your employer’s procedures for Health and Safety
  • Read and follow any equipment Operator’s and Manufacturer’s Manual
  • Wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Adhere to equipment lifting capacity information and warning signs
  • Conduct pre-shift inspections, pre-start up inspections, visual inspections
  • Report the absence or defect in any equipment or protective device
  • Test all equipment functions to ensure proper working condition
  • Avoid hazardous situations, steep slopes, grades and drop offs
  • Use the equipment for what is was intended and designed for
  • Ensure you are properly trained and authorized to use the equipment

Click here for a general Bucket Truck Aerial Lift safety video

  • Duration:

    The course duration is up to 8 hours, depending on experience level.

  • Assessment:

    A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a certificate.

  • Completion:

    Upon successful completion of this course, participants will receive a PDF wall certification and PDF wallet card for their records.

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