Crane Operator Safety – Overhead

Prerequisites: This course shall have no formal pre-requisite

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)

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Course Objective

  • Provide delegates assigned to work with or around overhead cranes with the necessary skills to safely perform their jobs.
  • Provide delegates with recommended practices and overhead crane regulations.
  • 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
  • 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 Overhead Cranes

  • Requirements
  • Types
  • Video“Overhead Cranes”
  • Responsibilities
    • Management
    • Employees
  • Common Crane Hazards
  • Overhead Crane Capacity
  • Warnings
  • Clearance from Obstruction
  • Crane Components
    • TrolleyStops
    • Trolley Bumpers

Overhead Crane Inspection Requirements

  • Initial
  • Daily or Pre-use Inspection
  • Inspection Checklist Example
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Hoist Control
  • Inspection Classifications
    • Frequent
    • Periodic
  • Running Rope Inspection
  • Rope Replacement
  • Maintenance

Overhead Crane Operations

  • General Operating Requirements
  • Attaching the Load
  • Moving the Load
  • Hoist Safety
  • Signals/Communications
    • Review Hand Signals

Rigging Equipment Summary

  • Common Types of Slings
  • Sling Inspection/Characteristics
    • Wire Rope
    • Synthetic Web
    • Polyester Round
    • Chain

Rigging Technique Summary

  • 3 Basic Hitches
    • Vertical Leg
    • Choker
    • Vertical Basket
  • Sling Lifting Capacities (Working Load Limits)

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

  • 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 and decelerate 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 personnel during crane operations
  • Properly store 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.
  • Overhead Crane with Rigging Gear

Reference Material / Documents
OSHA 29 CFR 1910.179

  • Course ID #: MA015


Apr 22 2024


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