Crane Operator Safety – Mobile

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 mobile crane duties the necessary skills to safely perform their jobs.
  • Provide delegates with recommended practices and guidelines to perform safely while working with mobile 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 (if applicable)

Course Outline
Crane Requirements

  • Definitions
    • Qualified Rigger
    • Qualified Crane Operator
    • Qualified Crane Inspector

Crane Components

  • Mobile Crane Common Components
  • Boom Components
    • Boom/Jib
    • Head Sheave Assembly
    • Structural Integrity
      • Boom Bolts
      • Pin Connectors
    • Boom Stops
    • 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

  • Inspection Categories
    • Frequent
    • Periodic
  • Inspection categories
    • 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
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Operator Responsibilities
  • Before Starting the Lift
  • Before Leaving Controls
  • Crane Accidents Contributing Factors

Crane Accident Review

  • Big Blue
  • Contact with Power Lines

Crane Safety

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

Practical Session
Practical training shall utilize a mobile crane, various slings, loads & rigging techniques.
Practical shall verify the following:

  • Conducts proper pre-use inspection of crane and rigging gear
  • Selects the appropriate hardware/rigging gear to complete required lifts
  • Effectively controls the crane operations and uses operating indicators
  • Accelerates, decelerates, and swings crane in a smooth safe manner
  • Verifies the load is not swinging prior to landing the load
  • Responds to standardized hand signals from signal person
  • Verifies slings are properly connected/free before continuing operations
  • Keeps the hook clear of riggers while the slings are disconnected
  • Ensures overall safety of the rigging team during crane operations
  • Places the hook in a bucket (verify depth position)
  • Properly stores hardware/rigging gear following its use

Training Center Provided Material

  • PPE

Delegate Requirements

  • Must possess good physical health as the practical training is physical demanding.
  • Must provide a Mobile Crane
  • Rigging Gear (if onsite)

Reference Material / Documents
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.180
OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400

  • Course ID #: MA014


May 24 2024


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