Securement 103: Securing Difficult Mobility Devices for Paratransit & Transit
Who Should Take This Course?
Safety Trainers, Transportation Supervisors, Head Drivers
Over a quarter century after ADA changed the transportation industry by guaranteeing passengers with disabilities access to public transportation, providers are still consistently struggling to safely secure some mobility devices. While wheelchair securement equipment has improved dramatically during this timeframe, even today there are thousands of wheelchairs on the market which aren’t designed to be transported. This course will review basic mobility device securement principles and discuss trouble shooting practices for situations where achieving those principles is difficult or even impossible. Finally, we will review some significant advancements in securement equipment, wheelchairs, and regulation that have the long term potential to alleviate these securement difficulties for both fixed-route and on-demand services.
The following topics are covered:
- Review of Basic Securement Principles that determine the securement of a wheelchair.
- What makes a Wheelchair difficult to secure?
- Determining if I should transport.
- Problem solving securement on difficult wheelchairs
- Securing scooters
- Examples of difficult wheelchairs secured
- How to approach use of the occupant restraint.
- Changes to best practice paratransit regulations that can greatly alleviate the problem of transporting difficult to secure wheelchairs.
- Advances in securement equipment for fixed route transit that can greatly improve the securement of difficult to secure wheelchairs and scooters.
After completing Securement 103, students will be able to:
- Understand the liability inherent in transporting passengers with mobility devices that are difficult to secure.
- Understand the 3 essential principles that need to be met in order to properly secure a wheelchair.
- Determine if a particular mobility device should or should not be transported based on ADA regulations.
- Problem solve on how to best apply the basic securement principles to a variety of difficult to secure wheelchairs
- Know the policy recommendations and procedures for securing three and four wheel scooters.
- Explain how new regulations, advances in securement equipment, and agency policies can reduce the liability inherent in transporting difficult to securement wheelchairs.
Time to Complete
Approximately 60 minutes.
Securement 101 or an extensive background in wheelchair securement is strongly recommended.
Recommended Supplemental Materials
- Pass test with a score of 75% or better
- Students receive a certificate of completion (no expiration date)
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