NIOSH releases updated version of aerial lift simulator

Boom lift scenario now included

Posted May 24, 2019

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released an updated version of its Aerial Lift Hazard Recognition Simulator. In addition to a scissor lift scenario, the updated simulator now includes a boom lift scenario.

NIOSH says the simulator features realistic workplaces with multiple types of hazards that scissor and boom lift operators can navigate from the safety of a computer. Experienced operators can use the simulator to refresh their knowledge, and new operators can familiarize themselves with hazards they may encounter on the job. NIOSH notes, however, that using the simulator is not a substitute for required training to operate aerial and boom lifts.

According to NIOSH, between 2011-2014, over 1,300 workers were injured, and 87 workers died as a result of operating an aerial lift or scissor lift.


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