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Transit agencies have the responsibility to provide safe transportation and respect the civil rights of all passengers, including those who use mobility devices. In order to fulfill this responsibility, bus operators secure mobility devices and place seat belts on the passengers who use mobility devices as transit seating. This important task is becoming increasingly challenging as operators are confronted with a variety of powered mobility devices that often lack traditional securement points and may not have been addressed in basic securement training. This workshop gives transit professionals responsible for preparing operators an opportunity to address these securement challenges, explore related issues with peers, and enhance their knowledge and skills.
The goal of Advanced Mobility Device Securement Skills Development Workshop is to present, demonstrate, and practice problem-solving skills for securing powered mobility devices. After successfully completing this two-day workshop, participants will be able to:
- Discuss federal requirements regarding securement and seat belt use
- List pre-trip preparation tasks
- Identify mobility device securement equipment
- Determine effective strap securement locations on mobility devices
- Explain the use and placement of seat belts and shoulder belts
- Recognize how proper body mechanics and exercise can reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries
To accomplish these objectives, the workshop integrates lecture, visual aids, participant discussion and learning activities.
Audience: Transit professionals responsible for supervising or training bus operators
Length: 2 days