Crane Operator Safety (API 7th Edition)

Prerequisites: The delegate should have previously completed a rigging course. The individual should have no history of a disabling medical condition, which may be sufficient reason for disqualification.

Course Length: 6-8 hours – Course length shall vary depending on the number of delegates. Total course time include breaks and meals.

Class Size: The maximum number of delegates that may be trained and tested per instructor shall be twenty-four (24) 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 crane and rigging duties the necessary skills to safely perform their jobs.
  • Provide delegates with recommended practices and guidelines to perform safely while working with cranes.
  • 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

Successful Course Completion

  • 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

Course Outline
Crane Requirements

  • API Definitions

Types of Cranes

  • Mechanical Cranes
  • Non-Mechanical Cranes
  • Electric Powered Cranes
  • Other Crane Types

Crane Components

  • Body of Crane
  • Swing Circle Assembly
    • Hook Rollers
    • Ball King
    • King Post
    • Ring Gear
  • Boom Types
    • Lattice
    • Box
  • Boom Components
    • Jib
    • Head Sheave Assembly
    • Structural Integrity
      • Boom Bolts
      • Pin Connectors
    • Pendants
    • Limit Devices
      • Boom-hoist limit
      • Load hoist limits
      • Boom stops
      • All locking devices
      • Anti-two block devices
    • Hoist Equipment
      • Main/Auxiliary Hoist
      • Blocks/Hooks
      • Wedge sockets

Crane Inspection

  • Usage categories
    • Infrequent
    • Moderate
    • Heavy
  • Inspection categories
    • Initial
    • Pre-Use
    • Monthly
    • Quarterly
    • Annual
    • Record-keeping

Crane Maintenance

  • Maintenance Procedures
  • Wire Rope Construction/Handling
  • Loading Wire Rope on Crane Drum
  • Wire Rope Inspection/Replacement Guidelines
  • Sheave Inspection

Crane Operations

  • Lift Capacity
  • Boom Angles
  • Load Radius
  • Load Charts
  • Load Limiting Factors
  • Lift Plan
    • Components of a Safe Lift
    • Lift Categorization
    • Risk Assessment
    • Personnel qualifications
    • Documentation
    • Approval and Changes
  • Crane Accident Review (Big Blue)
  • Operator Responsibilities
  • Personnel Transfer
  • Before Starting the Lift
  • Before Leaving Controls

Crane Safety

  • Crane/Rigging Lift Plan
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Hand Signals/Communication

Practical Session
Practical training shall utilize a hydraulic crane, various slings, loads & rigging techniques.
Practical shall verify that the delegate can demonstrate the following:

  • Properly select and wear appropriate PPE during practical training
  • Select the appropriate hardware/rigging gear to complete required lifts
  • Conduct proper pre-use inspection of crane and rigging gear
  • Effectively control the crane operations and use operating indicators
  • Accelerate, decelerate, and swing crane in a smooth safe manner
  • Verify the load is not swinging prior to landing the load
  • Respond to standardized hand signals from signal person
  • Verify slings are properly connected/free before continuing operations
  • Keep the hook clear of riggers while the slings are disconnected
  • Ensure overall safety of the rigging team during crane operations
  • Place the hook in a bucket (verify depth position)
  • Store hardware/rigging gear properly following its use

Training Center Provided Material

  • PPE
  • Crane with Operator
  • Rigging Material

Delegate Requirements

  • Must possess good physical health as the practical training is physical demanding.

Reference Material / Documents
API RP 2D Seventh

  • Course ID #: MA016


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