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Total Equipment Training – Mobile Crane Operator Training

Understanding and operating a mobile crane correctly is a critical component of job site safety. OSHA requires that all operators, whether they fall under General Industry or Construction, be trained and qualified to operate the piece of equipment they work on. Whatever industry your operators fall in, Total Equipment Training’s Mobile Crane training program is designed for the employer and the operator to comply with OSHA’s regulations.

Regulations for crane operators can be daunting for both the crane owner and the operator. First, you need to know if you are covered under OSHA’s General Industry Standard (29 CFR 1910) or Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926). OSHA’s definition for construction is “work for construction, alteration and/or repair, including painting and decorating.” While most of your daily operations may be covered under General Industry if you are performing construction, altering or repair you may need to follow the more stringent regulations covered under the Construction Standard. Some states have adopted their own standards and require Certification no matter what OSHA standard your work falls under.

 

How to Become a Crane Operator –
Mobile Crane Certification & Qualification

Whether you fall under OSHA’s General Industry or Construction Industry Standards, employers must have proof of qualification from both a written and practical test on the type of crane being operated for every operator. Certifying agencies (NCCCO) issue licenses upon successful written and practical examinations.

Currently, there are four ways that an equipment operator can be qualified or certified and meet OSHA requirements:

  1. A certificate from an accredited crane operator testing organization (NCCCO)
  2. Qualification from the employer through an audited employer program
  3. Qualification by the US Military (only applies to employees of Department of Defense or Armed Forces and does not include private contractors)
  4. *Licensing by a state or local government (if that licensing meets the minimum requirements set forth by OSHA) *When a state or local government requires a crane operator license, the crane operator must be licensed accordingly to meet OSHA requirements.

The following states and cities require certification:
States that License

  • California*
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota*
  • Montana*
  • Nevada*
  • New Jersey*
  • New Mexico*
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania*
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah*
  • Washington*
  • West Virginia*

Cities that License

  • Chicago
  • New Orleans*
  • New York City*
  • Omaha*
  • Philadelphia*
  • Washington, DC

*Require or recognize NCCCO Certification

 

Give our office a call at (610) 321-2679 and our knowledgeable staff will provide you with the information you need and tailor a program to fit your needs and meet OSHA requirements.

 

About OSHA’s General Industry Standard (29 CFR 1910)

page_outlineTotal Equipment Training provides your employees with the training and documentation to comply with OSHA’s General Industry regulations for crane operators.

Regulations require that only qualified and authorized operators or operator trainees under the direct supervision of a qualified operator shall be permitted to operate mobile cranes. To ensure that only qualified personnel operate mobile cranes, regulations require that operators successfully complete a qualification process.

Our customized crane operator training is designed to provide the information and testing to help ensure that your crane operators are able to operate your cranes safely and effectively in most situations. The tailored training consists of classroom training with written testing, and hands on training with practical testing. Training is divided based on the current skill level of the participants. Changes can be made to accommodate your needs. Below is a basic, starting point outline that will be adapted for your people and equipment.

 

Classroom Training

  • OSHA 1910 and/or 1926
  • Causes of accidents and preventions
  • Pre-operation inspection
  • Knowing and understanding hand signals
  • Mock critical lift meeting
  • Capacity load charts (specific to your crane/equipment)
  • Crane configuration and modes of operation
  • Proper crane set up and blocking
  • Reeving & operator and rigger responsibilities
  • Wire rope construction, design factors, uses, and inspection
  • Written tests (Load charts and general crane safety knowledge)
  • ANSI B30.5 and PCSA rules and regulations
  • Assessing site conditions
  • When and how to make deductions
  • Work areas and maintenance issues
  • Modifications to the job site, if needed
  • Rigging
  • Working with the range diagram
  • Working around power lines
  • Understanding radius, boom angle, and boom length
  • Gross and net capacity with factors that reduce capacity
  • Review and written tests

Hands-on Training

  • Assessing site conditions and obstructions
  • Pre-operational inspection
  • Proper crane set up & maintenance basics
  • Operate to feel controls
  • Erecting and stowing jibs and extensions
  • Lifting light loads and heavy loads using the capacity load chart
  • Lift problems using the capacity load charts
  • Attachments
  • Securing the crane
  • Lifting on rubber and carrying loads
  • Reeving blocks and balls
  • Load charts
  • Rigging
  • Hooking and hitching
  • Moving and driving