Air Winch Safety

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite. The individual should have no history of a disabling medical condition, which may be sufficient reason for disqualification.

Course Length: 3-4 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time includes breaks.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be thirty-five (35) in the classroom session and twenty (20) in the practical session. A second instructor shall be added for the practical session once the participation exceeds twenty (20) and exercises will be divided into groups.

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Course Objective

  • Provide delegates assigned to operate industrial Air Winches the necessary skills to safely perform their jobs.
  • Provide delegates with recommended industry practices to allow safe work with Air Winches.
  • Delegates should be able to demonstrate the necessary skills during practical examination and demonstrate knowledge during written examination.

Course Design

  • Power Point© / Lecture / Audio Video / Visual Aids
  • Demonstrations
  • Practical Exercises

Successful Course Completion

  • Requires a minimum score of 75% or better.
  • Grades shall be calculated by dividing the number of questions answered correctly by the total number of exam questions.
  • Delegates will have no more than thirty (30) minutes to complete the exam.
  • Successful completion of practical session is mandatory.

Course Content Summary

  • Classroom
  • Practicals

Breaks: 10 minutes (approximately every hour)

Lunch: 1 Hour (if applicable)

Course Outline
About Air Winch

  • Why Training?
  • Common Air Winch Applications
  • Definitions
    • Qualified Operator
    • Qualified Inspector
    • Qualified Rigger
    • Pre-Use Inspection
    • Red Zone
  • Air Compressor Terms
    • Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI)
    • Absolute Pressure
    • Cubic Feet Per Minute (CFM)
    • Standard Cubic Feet Per Minute (SCFM)
    • CFM/PSI Example
  • Operator Requirements
  • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Facility Manager/Yard Manager/Offshore Manager
    • First Line Supervisor/Superintendent
    • Winch Operator
    • Signal Person
    • Personnel Working Near Equipment

Air Winch Safety

  • Safety Devices
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Barricading the Work Area
  • Air Winch Installation Requirements
    • Pre Installation Requirements
    • Securing Air Winch
    • Power Supplies
  • Air Compressors
    • Installation
    • Requirements
    • Test Certificates
    • Air Supply Information
    • Calculating Air Flow
  • Snatch Block
    • Requirements
    • Snatch Block Examples
    • Selection
  • Proper Sheave/Wire Rope Requirements
    • Sheave Inspection
    • Wire Rope Spooling
      • Spooling Examples
    • Wire Rope Maintenance
    • Wire Rope Alignment Techniques

Air Winch Inspection

  • Pre-Use Inspection
    • General Air Winch criteria/examples
    • Wire Rope
    • Synthetic Web Slings
    • Polyester Round Slings
    • Inspection Form Example
  • Function Test

Air Winch Operation

  • Winch Capacity
  • Winch Speed
  • Winch Operation
    • Pre Operations
    • Post Operations
    • Winch Brake
    • Winch Operations Example
    • Load Control/Tag Lines

Hand Signals

  • Signal Person Requirements
  • Hand Signal Review

Practical Session
Practical training shall utilize an air winch, various slings, loads & rigging techniques.
Practical shall verify that the delegate has the ability to complete the following:

  • Select and wear appropriate PPE during practical training
  • Inspect and identify damaged hardware/rigging gear
  • Select the appropriate hardware/rigging gear to complete required lifts
  • Communicate with the operator using proper hand signals
  • Use tag lines properly to control loads
  • Select the appropriate rigging techniques to complete the required lifts Place load(s) in appropriate locations (outside of walkways)
  • Maintain hand/body position absent from hazards (pinch points)
  • Prevent anyone from standing under a suspended load
  • Safely work with others as a team
  • Store hardware/rigging gear properly following its use

Training Center Provided Material

  • PPE
  • Rigging Material

Delegate Requirements

  • Air Winch shall be provided by the customer at a customer location
  • Must possess good physical health as the practical training is physical demanding.

Reference Material / Documents
Recommended Industry Practices
API RP 2D 7th Edition
OSHA Construction Rigging

  • Course ID #: MA005


Jun 07 2023


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