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Crane Training: An Essential Part of Crane Safety

Mike Giebler
Technician - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

In today’s industrial environment there is decreasing tolerance for employers and facilities that allow untrained people to operate overhead cranes.
A growing number of states are beginning to require a license to operate an overhead crane. California, Michigan, and Massachusetts presently have requirements that overhead hoist and crane operators obtain a license in order to operate a hoist or crane. And while OSHA has not yet mandated training or licensing of crane operators, ASME has. The latest ASME revision states that crane operators shall be trained.

A well-structured training course should include both a classroom and a practical portion with an exam at the end to demonstrate the attendee’s knowledge and ability.

What knowledge does a trained operator have that an untrained operator may not possess?

The ability to estimate a load weight.
The ability to find a load’s center of gravity.
How to properly select rigging and sling protection.
The effect of fleet angles on a sling’s capacity.
How to perform a pre-use inspection of the crane or hoist.
How to perform a pre-use inspection of the rigging gear.
The function of all the controls, especially the e-stop.
The ability to smoothly start, stop and land a load.
General awareness of the potential hazards of crane use.

Training operators in safe and effective use of cranes is not only a requirement it is an investment in the safety of the workplace.
Let’s make training and licensing of crane operators a way to keep employees from being harmed through potentially unsafe acts performed by untrained crane operators.

Contact the Konecranes Training Institute for information about training your overhead crane operators.

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