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Fall training event offered MEWP and telehandler training

by Brock Huffstutler

ARA of Oregon MEWP & Telehandler trainingThe ARA of Oregon offered members an opportunity for mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) and telehandler train-the-trainer education on Nov. 2, 2022, at Portland Rent All in Portland, Ore.

Scott Owyen, safety trainer with Genie, delivered training that complies with American National Standards (ANSI) A92 standards and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. Attendees who successfully completed the trainings received their trainer/operator cards and certificates of completion from Genie.

“The quality of the training was tremendous,” says Jeff Mauch, vice president, Power Pac Rentals & Sales/Party Time Events, Klamath Falls, Ore. “The trainer was very knowledgeable and up to date on current OSHA requirements and ANSI standards.”

Other attendees were just as complimentary to the trainer and the expertise and guidance he brought to the session.

“This was one of the best training seminars I have ever attended,” says Dennis Cabatic, owner, Philomath Rental, Philomath, Ore., and an ARA of Oregon board member. “Scott put together a very informative presentation. We were kind of a test group as this was the first hybrid class he has done. The participants were given two online courses that had to be completed before attending the class. The online course allowed me to move along at my own pace, fitting it in to my busy schedule. Scott sent out emails reminding us of how much time we had before we had to attend the training, so it kind of pushed me along to get it done. Scott presented slides, videos and accident [scenarios] that reinforced everything he was explaining. A lot of time was put into developing this course and it really shows.”

“It was obvious that Scott and Genie take training, safety and product knowledge very seriously while endeavoring to produce useful and understandable resources for these topics,” says Josiah Kelley, operations manager, Canby Rental & Equipment, Canby, Ore. “Why would I reinvent the wheel with regards to training on these classes of equipment? The program presented to us is first class, easy to pick up and tested to the highest levels of oversight.”

Mauch, Cabatic and Kelley each feel their participation in the session will improve their businesses’ operations.

“The training will benefit our business in two ways: Not only will our staff at our different locations be qualified to operate booms, scissors and telehandlers, but we can also offer the service to anyone else who would need it at a very good rate,” Mauch says.

“This was a train-the-trainer class, so that we can train our own employees,” Cabatic says. “After completing the class, Scott provided all the training materials that we will need to provide training for our employees as well as customers.”

The training will benefit Canby Rental & Equipment “through solid safety training on aerial equipment for our staff and customer loyalty through possible support of training their team members,” Kelley says.

Networking and interaction with fellow rental peers on site also were a plus.

“The event was great for networking with our fellow rental friends and picking their brains on different topics we are facing today,” Mauch says. “It was a great event, and I thank Nathan [Manning, Portland Rent All manager and ARA of Oregon president] for opening his doors and allowing us to hold the event on his location and keeping us inside his shop and out of the rain for most of the training!”