Crane Operator Safety (API-U)

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: 16 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.

Ready to Schedule Your Training Class?

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
  • 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

Course Outline
Crane Safety

  • Scope
  • Definitions
    • Lifting Authority
    • Qualified
    • Qualified Crane Operator
    • Qualified Crane Inspector
  • Qualified Crane Operator Qualifications
  • Physical Requirements
  • Operating Practices
  • Hook Inspection
  • Handling the Load
  • Moving the Load
  • Hand Signals
  • Personnel Transfer
  • Refueling
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • Conditions Requiring Load Testing
  • Load Testing Requirements
    • Pull Test
  • Usage and Inspection
  • Crane Usage Categories
    • Infrequent Usage Production Duty Cycle
    • Moderate Usage Intermittent Duty Cycle
    • Heavy Usage
  • Inspection Categories
    • Initial Inspection
    • Pre-Use Inspection
    • Monthly Inspection
    • Quarterly Inspection
    • Annual Inspection
  • Inspection and Load Test Records
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Maintenance Procedures
    • Repairs and Replacement
    • Lubrication
  • Crane Re-rating & De-rating
  • Wire Rope and Sling Inspection, Maintenance, and Replacement
    • Wire Rope
      • Inspections
      • Replacement
      • Maintenance
      • Testing
      • Pendant Lines

Crane Lift Planning

  • General
  • Lift Team
    • Responsibilities
      • Before Operations
      • During Operations
      • Post Operations
    • Members
      • Person in Charge
      • Lifting Authority
      • Rigger
      • Crane Operator
      • Vessel Captain
      • Technical Support
  • Planning the Lift
  • Lift Categorization
  • Risk Assessment
  • Personnel Transfer
  • Qualifications
  • Documentation
  • Summary Questions for a Safe Lift

Annex A

  • Crane Operation
    • Operational Considerations
    • Moving the Load

Annex B

  • Usage, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
    • Determining Crane Usage
    • Crane Inspection
    • Pre-Use Inspection
    • Monthly Inspection
    • Quarterly Inspection
    • Annual Inspection
      • Crane Components
        • Hoist Assemblies
        • Foundation
        • Swing Circle Assembly
        • Hook Roller Assemblies
          • Ring Gear
          • Hook Rollers
          • Brackets, Bracket Pads, and Bolts
          • King Post
          • Ball/Roller Bearing
          • Bearing Wear
            • Depression Measurement Method
            • Rotation Method
          • Crane/Bearing Connection Integrity
          • Operating Characteristics
        • Anti-two Block
          • Testing
          • Proximity Warning Device
          • Stalling of the Hoist Drum
          • Control Override Device
          • No Override Two-blocking Systems

Annex C

  • Crane-assisted Personnel Transfer
    • Purpose
    • General Information
    • Facility Personnel Transfer Procedures
    • Vessel Personnel Transfer Procedures
    • Personnel Transfer Device Operations
    • Personnel Transfer Device Procedures

Annex D

  • Load Testing

Annex E

  • Crane Maintenance
    • Maintenance Procedure
    • Repairs and Replacement

Annex F

  • Wire Rope and Sling Inspection, Maintenance, and Replacement
    • Wire Rope Sling Selection Consideration
    • Rope Lay
    • Wire Rope Inspection
    • Sheave Inspection
      • Sheave Gauge
    • Wire Rope Rejection Criteria
    • Wire Rope Replacement Selection Criteria
    • Recommended Storage and Handling Procedures
    • Installation Guidelines
    • Wedge-type Socket Installation Guidelines
    • Recommended Methods of Lubrication
    • Wire Rope Operational Considerations
    • Types of Slings
    • Use of Slings
    • Sling Inspection
    • Guides for Fabrication and Lifting Procedures

Annex G

  • Lift Categories
    • General
    • Routine Lifts
    • Non-routine Lifts
    • Simple Lifts
    • Complicated Lifts
    • Complex/Critical Lifts

Annex I

  • Loading and Unloading Offshore Support Vessels
    • Lifting Operations – General
    • Load Chart Examples
    • Communications
    • Lift Planning
    • Toolbox Talk
      o Safety
      o Cranes – Fitness-for-Service

Practical Session
Practical training shall utilize a hydraulic crane, various slings, loads & rigging techniques.
Practical shall verify that the delegate is able to complete the following:

  • Select and wear appropriate PPE during practical training
  • Conduct proper pre-use inspection of crane and rigging gear
  • Select the appropriate hardware/rigging gear to complete required lifts
  • Effectively control the crane operations and uses 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)
  • Stores 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 #: MA134


Jun 07 2023


7:30 am