Moving large, heavy loads is crucial to today’s manufacturing and construction industries. Much technology has been developed for these operations, including careful training and extensive workplace precautions. There are significant safety issues to be considered, both for the operators of the diverse “lifting” devices, and for workers in proximity to them.
Often crane operators are unable to see the moving load or the surrounding area. Many times they need assistance. A signal person provides this assistance and in some situations is required. Through the use of signals, the signal person is able to help the crane operator move loads safely to the desired location.
All directions given to the operator by the signal person must be given from the operator’s perspective. Standard hand signals are universal and used worldwide. While other signals are permissible, hand signals are the most common means of communication between an operator and signal person.
This training course will help employers in providing the proper and necessary OSHA required training concerning crane hand signal safety. This course will take you approximately 30 minute to complete and will cover the following topics:
- Crane Operator
- When a signal person is required
- Responsibilities of a Signal Person
- Hand Signals