United Rentals expands safety training for customers

2010 initiatives include new Web portal, curriculum development.

United Rentals announced the implementation of three key initiatives that expand customer access to safety training in the United States and Canada. The equipment rental industry's largest training platform has been further enhanced with:

  • A new online portal with downloadable schedule and email enrollment. The Training and Safety site is found in the Service Center on
  • Expanded availability of OSHA 10-Hour Construction Training, now offered through United Rentals certified instructors across the U.S.
  • A new Excavator Training and Certification program, including instruction in the safe handling of heavy equipment and productivity techniques, scheduled to launch September 1.

Lee Braden, manager of safety training for United Rentals, said, "As the industry leader, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to encourage jobsite safety. This includes staying on top of customer needs as well as the regulatory environment. We are advocating safety by putting our resources into educating as many workers as possible on proper equipment operation and accident prevention. Already this year, more than 6,000 contractors have completed the Confined Space Entry/Competent Person Training provided by our Trench Safety team – that's a new six-month milestone in this one area alone."

United Rentals offers operator instruction and certification on aerial work platforms, boom lifts, forklifts, loaders and backhoes, skid-steer loaders, vertical reach forklifts and rough terrain forklifts; OSHA 10-hour Construction Training; First Aid/CPR Certification; Confined Space Entry Training; and Competent Person Training.

To learn more about on-site or off-site training programs available from United Rentals, call 1-800-UR-RENTS or visit