Operate Boom Lift

This course will equip trainees with the skills, knowledge and attitude for the boom lift safely according to the following modules:

  1. Prepare to carry out boom lift operations

  2. Carry out boom lift operations

  3. Conduct post operation of boom lift


  • 9am to 6:45pm
    (includes theory, practical and assessment)


  • English, Mandarin, Malay, Tamil

Course fee

  • $260 (before funding and GST)

Certificate Validity

  • 5 years

The course is one day consisting of theory, practical and certification exam

It is the Ministry of Manpower recognised certificate required for all boom lift operators in Singapore

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Learners must be above 18 years of age and are assumed to:

• Have a basic knowledge of the relevant sector of work
• Be able to listen and speak English at a proficiency level equivalent to the Employability Skills (ES) level 3
• Be able to read and write English at a proficiency level equivalent to ES level 3
• Be able to manipulate numbers at a proficiency level equivalent to ES level 3; and
• Be medically fit to work at height

What you will learn in this module:

  • Types of hazards
  • Factors affecting stability
  • Factors for selection appropriate machine
  • Fundamentals of pre-use
  • Main components
  • Safe working load
  • Safety devices, signage, labels and controls
  • Legislations and industry guidelines relating to operations
  • Types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Operational procedures relating to operations
  • Safe work practices for operations
  • Modes of maneuvering
  • Standard operating procedures for post-operation
  • Routine post-operation checks
  • Reporting procedures for damage and defects

When working from a caged type MEWP, it is strongly recommended that a full body harness with an adjustable lanyard be used to provide work restraint, the lanyard should be adjusted to be as short as possible and may contain an energy absorbing device.

Boom lifts, also known as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), are commonly used in construction, maintenance, and other industries for accessing high or hard-to-reach areas. As a worker, it is important to understand the potential hazards and safety considerations associated with these machines. This article will cover 15 key topics related to boom lifts and their safe operation.

  • Types of Hazards

There are several hazards associated with operating a boom lift. These include:

  • Falls from height
  • Tip-overs
  • Electrical hazards
  • Struck-by or caught-between hazards
  • Overloading
  • Entanglement or entrapment

  • Factors Affecting Stability

Stability is a critical factor in the safe operation of boom lifts. Factors that can affect stability include:

  • Ground conditions
  • Slope or incline
  • Wind speed and direction
  • Platform position
  • Load distribution
  • Machine type and design

  • Factors for Selecting Appropriate Machine

Selecting the appropriate machine for the job is important for ensuring safe and efficient operations. Factors to consider when selecting a boom lift include:

  • Height and reach requirements
  • Weight capacity
  • Type of terrain and ground conditions
  • Power source (electric, diesel, etc.)
  • Indoor or outdoor use
  • Environmental factors (e.g. noise, emissions)

  • Fundamentals of Pre-Use

Before using a boom lift, it is important to conduct a pre-use inspection to ensure it is in good working condition. Fundamentals of pre-use include:

  • Checking for visible damage or defects
  • Checking fluid levels
  • Ensuring safety devices and controls are functioning properly
  • Conducting a test of all controls and systems
  • Checking the load capacity

  • Main Components

A boom lift consists of several main components, including:

  • Base or chassis
  • Boom or arm
  • Platform or basket
  • Hydraulic system
  • Electrical system
  • Controls and safety devices

  • Safe Working Load

The safe working load (SWL) is the maximum weight that a boom lift can safely carry. Exceeding the SWL can lead to tipping or structural failure. It is important to ensure that the load being lifted does not exceed the SWL of the machine.

  • Safety Devices, Signage, Labels, and Controls

Boom lifts are equipped with various safety devices, signage, labels, and controls to ensure safe operation. These include:

  • Emergency stop button
  • Safety harness attachment points
  • Warning alarms and lights
  • Load charts and capacity labels
  • Instructional and warning labels
  • Control panel with emergency lowering function

  • Legislations and Industry Guidelines Relating to Operations

Several legislations and industry guidelines apply to the safe operation of boom lifts, including:

  • Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA) and its subsidiary legislation
  • Code of Practice for Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)
  • Industry guidelines and standards (e.g. ANSI, CSA, EN)

  • Types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary when operating a boom lift. Types of PPE include:

  • Safety harness and lanyard
  • Hard hat
  • Safety glasses or goggles
  • High-visibility vest
  • Steel-toed boots

  • Operational Procedures Relating to Operations

Operational procedures are critical to safe and efficient boom lift operations. These include:

  • Proper use of controls and safety devices
  • Safe work positioning
  • Load management
  • Manoeuvring techniques
  • Communication with ground personnel

  • Safe Work Practices for Operations

Safe work practices are essential to prevent accidents and injuries when operating a boom lift.Some safe work practices for boom lift operations include:

  • Always wearing appropriate PPE
  • Conducting a pre-use inspection before each use
  • Avoiding sudden movements or jerks
  • Keeping the platform and work area free of debris and obstructions
  • Using tag lines to control loads
  • Avoiding exceeding the SWL of the machine
  • Following proper loading and unloading procedures

  • Modes of Maneuvering

Boom lifts can be maneuvered in different ways depending on the machine type and design. Common modes of maneuvering include:


  • Self-propelled drive
  • Trailer-mounted towable
  • Truck-mounted
  • Crawler-mounted
  • Articulating boom

Case Study in Singapore (from Yahoo News)

A boom lift operator who died after being crushed in a workplace accident last year was not formally trained to carry out his job, a coroner’s court heard.

The death of 34-year-old Bangladeshi national Paul Jony at Hock Ann Seng Industries along Tuas Avenue 18 on 23 November last year was found by Coroner Christopher Goh to be an “unfortunate misadventure”.

In his findings made available on Wednesday (5 May), Goh said, “It is likely that the accident could have been avoided had the deceased undergone the necessary training and made aware of the likely hazards associated with boom lift operations.”


Read more here

Target Audience: Boom lift operators from any industry

  • Attire
    • Long pants
    • Safety boots

    Note: Learners must be in proper attire for practical assessment

  • Personal Protective Equipment (provided)

    • Safety helmet

    • Safety harness

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09:08 30 Mar 23
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