Total Equipment Training – Signal Person Training
The Department of Labor estimates that there are as many as 82 fatalities annually associated with cranes. Experts say that most crane accidents are due to wind or operator error. The use of a signal person can significantly reduce the likelihood of an accident associated with crane use.
Effective November 2010, OSHA requires a signal person be present whenever the point of operation is not in full view of the operator, when the operator’s view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling or because of site specific safety concerns. (OSHA 1926.1419)
OSHA requires that all Signal Persons be Qualified (OSHA 1926.1419-1926.1422; 1926.1428). A signal person is qualified if he or she knows and understands the type of signals being used at the worksite, is competent in using these signals, and understands the operations and limitations of the equipment, including crane dynamics. OSHA further requires that the signal person pass an oral or written test and a practical test. Employers must make documentation of the signal person’s qualifications available at the worksite. The documentation must specify each type of signaling for which the signal person is qualified under the requirements of the standard (example: hand signal, radio signals, etc.).
Total Equipment Training offers two signal person qualification programs
Our OSHA Signal Person Qualification Program is offered by our qualified evaluators (1926.1401). 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 the ruling the emphasis will be on your individual sites’ signal person needs. This assessment may not be relied on by other employers as the focus will be on site specific duties.
Total Equipment Training also offers the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Signal Person training and testing. Our trainers are NCCCO certified examiners and have the experience and knowledge to prepare the signal person to successfully pass a written and practical test. Certification from the NCCCO provides the signal person with documentation that can be relied on no matter where they work. The NCCCO is accredited by OSHA for Signal Person Certification. Many companies and jobsites require Signal Person Certification through a nationally accredited testing organization.
Give Total Equipment Training a call today at (610) 321-2679 to discuss your signal person needs (OSHA 1926.1428) and we will help you decide which program best suits your needs.