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Qualified Overhead Crane/Hoist Operator and Qualified Rigger

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards for overhead cranes state, “Only designated personnel shall be permitted to operate a crane covered by this section” (1910.179(b)(8) “Designated,” according to 1910.179(a)(35), refers to those individuals deemed to be qualified to operate an overhead crane for a specific application.

While OSHA standards do not spell out overhead crane training requirements, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers does get specific in the ASME B30.2 standard. Section 2-3.1.2 states that training has to be specific to the equipment and task, or application, at hand.

ASME B30.2 even offers a “but not limited to” list of what a training program should cover, as well as the responsibilities of a crane operator and others involved in moving loads. It further states that a company’s management is responsible to “provide training to persons who will operate a crane” (Section 2-3.3.3(b).

This 1 day, easy to understand class is designed to be taught by IAMU’s Safety Specialists at your location to all personnel who operate overhead cranes or underhung hoists. This includes bridge cranes, gantry cranes and jib cranes all used in a fixed location and used for material handling. This class will ensure that operators understand their responsibilities for safe use, and they comply with all of OSHA, ASME and the equipment requirements as a qualified operator.  Qualified operators will successfully conduct a visual and audible pre-operational inspection of the crane and the wire rope/chain before moving the crane or lifting material.

Each qualified operator will locate and verify the location of the crane disconnect, lockout/tagout requirements for cranes, proper control labeling, pendant safety requirements, warning and capacity labeling requirements, guarding requirements, how to operate limit control switches, bumper and stop requirements, load path and personnel safety. Qualified operators will demonstrate smooth and controlled load movements, be able to identify load hook and latch requirements and how to avoid shock loading and side pull. Each operator will demonstrate how to shut down and secure the crane.

The participant will demonstrate basic visual inspections, terminology and uses of lifting devices such as wire rope/chain, slings, hooks, shackles and other below-the-hook devices used at the location. The participant will use these devices to demonstrate proper rigging methods and lifting practices of standard loads of the type handled at the site.

To learn more about NCCER Crane Training, please contact Margret Meade at or by phone at 515.289.1999.

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