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Letter from the President – 8/18/14

Just because you asked…..

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) has standard hand signals that are recognized throughout the industry for a reason; by standardizing the signals a Signal Person can help any type of crane operator to stay safe inside the cab of their machine. This picture illustrates some of the most common signals. Why use hand signals in the electronics age? When electronics don’t work, or the workplace is too noisy, a single understood hand signal can save lives. OSHA and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Census has information about accidents and fatalities involving heavy equipment, but they don’t show the “near misses.” Thanks to the standardization of these hand signals, lives are saved every day – even if they don’t know it!

Hand signals are useful throughout the construction industry, not just for crane operators. Total Equipment Training wants every operator to be safe in their machines, which is why our Signal Person training program is so inclusive for the construction industry, and exclusive to the type of equipment being used. Our trainers will qualify your Signal Person(s) through classroom and hands on training. This program is geared to be site specific and the evaluation will be based on Signal Person requirements at your site. While our program will touch on all the requirements of OSHA 1926.1401, the emphasis will be on your individual sites’ Signal Person needs.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,


About Barb

Barbara Fullman, CEO of Total Equipment Training.