Moving large, heavy loads is crucial to today’s manufacturing and construction industries. Cranes make it possible to lift, move, and lower loads and objects of all shapes and sizes. Much technology has been developed for these operations, including careful training and extensive workplace precautions.
As with any type of equipment or machinery, there are significant safety issues to be considered with the operation of a crane. Crane operators, and workers in close proximity to them, must follow certain procedures and guidelines to ensure their safety and those around them. To a crane operator, few experiences may be as frightening as when a crane becomes unbalanced while a load is being lifted or when the crane collapses under the weight of an excessive load.
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.
Rigging is the most critical part of crane operations. Rigging is the preparation of materials, supplies, equipment or other items, for lifting by the crane. Rigging involves making sure the type and capacity of the crane and the rigging equipment used is appropriate for the load. Rigging also involves balancing and securing the load to be lifted. Improper rigging of a load or failure of the rigging equipment can result in property damage, personnel injury, and even death.
This training course will help employers in providing the proper and necessary OSHA required training concerning crane safety. This course will take you approximately 30 minute to complete and will cover the following topics:
- Ground Conditions
- Power Line Safety
- Safety Devices & Operational Aids
- Maintenance & Repair