Overhead Crane Safety Training


Safety training is an essential part of overhead crane operation, and every operator should have the proper overhead crane safety training to ensure that they operate their cranes with an understanding of the proper safety protocol. Any operator who has not undergone the proper safety training or hasn’t maintained their safety training status should receive updated training as soon as possible. Instruction normally includes a combination of hands on training and classroom training, and depending on the type of overhead crane model used there may be additional training requirements, especially if the crane works in unique circumstances such as with hazardous materials or in extreme environments. With the proper safety training, crane operators can protect themselves and their workers and maximum the lifespan of their cranes as well.

Training goes over several topics

There are several topics that are reviewed as a part of overhead crane safety training. Some of the topics may include rigging, voice and hand signals, the types of components of bridge cranes and the terminology, the best operating practices and procedures, levels of inspection, inspection programs, inspection procedures, safety hazards, inspection reports, regular inspection, safety, load tests, indicators and more. Routine inspection is normally covered as a part of overhead crane safety training, as the operator is usually responsible for routine inspection, and some of the aspects of routine inspection that may be covered include inspecting the hydraulic system, operating mechanisms, electrical systems, wire rope, safety features, hooks, blocks, sheaves, and other important parts of the crane.

Training is intended to meet governmental standards

Training will vary from one location and country to another because of different government standards that are required. In the United States, OSHA governs overhead crane safety training, while other organizations govern the training in different countries. Of course, any proper safety training program should meet and even exceed government requirements. There are some countries that do not have overhead crane safety training requirements, however that does not mean that the training should be neglected, and a customized program that is based on what agencies like OSHA requires should be used for the safety training. No matter what, government standards must be adhered to, so that the operation of the crane is legal and as safe as possible.

Operating training normally takes four days

In many cases, operator training normally takes four days (for the course), combined with several more hours of hands on instruction. The hands on training can normally be performed at the employer, while the coursework and other training is performed in a classroom setting. The training may need to be repeated every few years or however many times is necessary based on government regulations and the requirements of the employer. For simpler crane applications, the training may be more basic, while cranes that need to operate in more complicated conditions and circumstances may require extra training outside of what is normally expected. Crane operators must ensure that they remain compliant with their safety training and maintain the proper certification necessary to operate their cranes.

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