Elevating Work Platforms: Maximizing Efficiency and Safety in Construction and Warehousing


At Start Training, we specialize in providing comprehensive training for Elevating Work Platforms (EWP), including the widely recognized Yellow Card certification for specific types of EWPs. Our programs are designed to ensure safety and efficiency for workers operating at various heights in construction and warehousing. This guide will delve into the different types of EWP machines, including those covered under the Yellow Card certification, and our high risk training for EWP+11M.

Types of EWP Machines and Yellow Card Certification

Scissor Lifts

Our Yellow Card ticket includes scissor lift training, which is crucial for vertical elevation tasks in a controlled manner. Scissor lifts are a type of EWP known for their stability and vertical lifting capability. They are an integral part of the Yellow Card training program, highlighting their importance in various industrial applications. These lifts are ideal for tasks that require a direct upward movement, such as installation, maintenance, and repair work.

Functionality and Design: Scissor lifts are named for the scissor-like mechanism upon which the platform is raised and lowered. This mechanism consists of a series of linked, folding supports in a crisscross ‘X’ pattern, as shown below.

Uses and Applications: Scissor lifts are predominantly used for vertical movement and are ideal for tasks that require elevation to a specific, fixed height. They are commonly used in construction, manufacturing, and retail environments for tasks like ceiling or overhead work, inventory management, and maintenance operations.

Safety and Training: Operators of a scissor lift need training in specific safety protocols, including maintaining a stable center of gravity, understanding load capacities, and navigating potential hazards like overhead obstacles.


Boom Lifts

Boom lifts, also offered under our Yellow Card training, are versatile EWPs capable of reaching heights and areas beyond the reach of scissor lifts. They are essential for tasks that require both vertical and horizontal reach.

Functionality and Design: Boom lifts, also known as cherry pickers, have an extendable arm or boom with a bucket or platform at its end. They come in two main types: telescopic boom lifts, with straight arms, and articulated boom lifts, with arms that bend or hinge. This design allows for more than just vertical reach; they can extend over obstacles and reach heights and areas that are not directly accessible.

Uses and Applications: Boom lifts are versatile and are used in a variety of settings, including construction, electrical and utility work, and even film production. They are particularly useful for tasks that require reaching high elevations or areas obstructed by barriers.

Safety and Training: Operating a boom lift requires training in maneuvering the arm, understanding the lift’s reach and limits, and being aware of environmental factors like wind, which can affect stability.


Vertical Lifts

For operations in confined spaces, such as narrow warehouse aisles, vertical lifts are invaluable. Our Yellow Card training ensures that operators are skilled in safely managing these lifts in various environments.

Functionality and Design: Vertical lifts, often referred to as personnel lifts or platform lifts, are compact, lightweight, and designed for lifting one or two workers. These lifts move directly up and down and are ideal for indoor or confined-space environments as shown in the image below.

Uses and Applications: Vertical lifts are commonly used in warehouses, for stock picking, in retail for high shelf maintenance, and in tight construction spaces where larger lifts cannot maneuver. They are also used for maintenance work in areas like schools, hospitals, and office buildings.

Safety and Training: Training for vertical lifts includes understanding the specific lift capacity, safe movement in tight spaces, and proper positioning to avoid tipping or overreaching, which can lead to instability.

High-Risk Boom Lift +11M

Operating boom lifts that extend over 11 meters presents unique challenges and risks, thus requiring advanced training beyond the scope of the Yellow Card certification. Our nationally recognized high-risk boom lift +11M training program is meticulously crafted to equip operators with the skills and knowledge needed for these specialized machines.

Our high-risk boom lift +11M course is designed to thoroughly address the increased risks associated with operating at such significant heights. We focus on equipping our trainees with the expertise to confidently and competently manage these challenges, ensuring the highest standards of safety and efficiency.

Operational Excellence with Start Training

Our EWP training courses, including Yellow Card, is carefully crafted to guarantee operational excellence. Participants in our training programs develop a profound comprehension of EWP operations, equipping them with vital skills for safe and efficient use. Catering to diverse experience levels and requirements, we provide one, two, and three types of EWP/Yellow Card training options. For those required to work at higher elevations, we also offer the specialized high-risk boom lift +11M training. Additionally, we stand by our commitment to offering both top-notch training and exceptional value with our price match guarantee on all courses. This ensures that you receive not only the highest quality of training but also the best possible value for your investment.

Building a Safe and Successful Career

At Start Training, our commitment is to foster careers built on a solid foundation of safety and expertise. For those embarking on their Elevated Work Platform operation journey, our training includes the Nationally Recognised Unit of Competency – RIIHAN301E Operate Elevating Work Platform, as part of your Yellow Card certification. For professionals aiming to elevate their skills further, we offer the TLILIC0005 Licence to Operate a Boom Type Elevating Work Platform (boom length more than 11m). We provide all the necessary resources, expertise, and support, ensuring our courses do more than just lead to certification. Enroll with us to build a career in EWP operation, as alway, we care about your success and offer unlimited free retested and free additional training to ensure you get the most our of course couses.

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