Heavy equipment is used in a variety of areas and for many different reasons. Cranes especially can vary in size and function, mostly used for construction of buildings from one to hundreds of stories tall. Below, you’ll find a list of training topics that are required for most Crane & Equipment Operators.
OSHA Required Training
Electrical OSHA Regulation: 1910.332
When OSHA Requires Electrical Training:
When an employee faces the risk of electric shock that is not reduced to a safe level by engineering controls. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Downloadable Electrical Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Manlift Training:
When an employee is required to operate a working platform as part of their job. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Downloadable Manlift Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Fall Protection Training:
Required for each employee that may be exposed to fall hazards. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
When there is a change in the workplace or the employer has reason to believe that a trained employee does not have the understanding and skill necessary to perform the job safely.
Downloadable Fall Protection Training Resources (free):
When OSHA Requires Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training:
When an employee is required to wear PPE, they must be trained on its usage. See full OSHA regulation for more details.
Retraining required when the type of PPE changes, employee demonstrates inability to use PPE properly, or when the workplace changes in a way that renders previous training obsolete.
Downloadable Personal Protective and Respiratory Equipment Training Resources (free):
Industry Best-Practice Training
(Not required by OSHA)
Cranes, Chains, Slings, Hoists, and Rigging
Downloadable Cranes, Chains, Slings, Hoists, and Rigging Training Resources (free):
Downloadable Trench and Shoring Safety Training Resources (free):
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Crane and Equipment Operator Safety Tips
The cranes that are used to construct massive skyscrapers are called tower cranes, they reach the immense heights necessary for the construction of these buildings by essentially “building themselves” by adding a section onto the tower one at a time.
Heavy equipment is used in a variety of areas and for many different reasons. Cranes especially can vary in size and function, mostly used for construction of buildings from one to hundreds of stories tall. If you are employed as a crane operator, or the operator of any comparable heavy machinery, you are not just using a large-scale tool, but controlling a device that has the potential to harm many people if it isn’t used properly. Cranes transport massive amounts of material and can cover a wide area, so there is great potential for you to hurt one of your fellow workers if you are careless or not paying attention. By following some simple guidelines you can greatly reduce the amount of injuries in work sites related to cranes and other equipment.
Before Operating the Equipment:
- Make sure the crane or other equipment has been recently and properly inspected. All required certifications and documentation of regular maintenance should be available to you before you operate heavy machinery. Especially breaks and controls.
- Be sure that you are well rested and prepared to stay alert throughout your shift.
- Never start any medication that could affect your ability to effectively operate the machine. Discuss any new medicines with your doctor and take time to know how they will affect your job.
- Test the crane’s warning signal to make sure that you can properly alert others to your usage of the crane.
- If routine maintenance needs to be performed such as oiling, make sure that the machinery is locked in the off position and guarded.
While Operating the Equipment:
- Pay attention to the area around you.
- Have a clear plan of attack for the tasks you are using the crane to accomplish. Know exactly the order of steps you will take to complete your goal.
- Limit distractions. Don’t smoke, talk, or text. Put all your concentration into operating the crane.
- Never let anyone walk under a load, whether it is stationary or moving.
- Make sure everyone on site knows the crane is in operation.
- No person should ever ride in the load or hooks of the machinery.
- If something seems wrong with a load, lower it immediately then to make sure it is adjusted properly rather than continuing on.
- The operator of the crane and the signal person should be in constant, clear communication. Stop operation if you are no longer able to communicate with the signal person.
Basic site safety:
- Don’t let anyone but the properly trained individuals operate the crane or other equipment.
- Be aware of your surroundings at all times. Watch out for other workers who might not be aware of the crane in operation.
- Keep your tools and area organized. Be on the lookout for the buildup of debris or clutter in areas that could cause serious falls or injuries.
- Never use tools that have a frayed or damaged electrical cord.
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