About Boom Truck Training

boom-truck-operator-trainingA boom truck by definition is a type of crane. They are mounted on carriers and are not designed solely for crane service (bucket trucks and cherry pickers lift personnel). OSHA recognizes the boom truck as a crane in both General Industry and Construction.

Understanding and operating a boom truck 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 Boom Truck 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 you 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 the work falls under.

Boom Truck operators in Construction must follow the guidelines of certification through an accredited testing organization (NCCCO). Please refer to our NCCCO Certification page. All operators must be certified by November 10, 2014.

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.


Becoming a Boom Truck Operator

page_boomTotal Equipment Training’s Boom Truck program provides your employees with the training and documentation to comply with OSHA’s General Industry regulations for crane operators (1910.180) and/or provide the training necessary to comply with the more stringent Construction Industries regulations (1926.1400).

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.


Boom Truck Classroom Training:

  • Understanding OSHA 1910 and 1926 regulations
  • Causes of accidents and preventions
  • Pre-operation inspection
  • Knowing and understanding hand signals
  • Mock critical lift meeting
  • Capacity load charts
  • Crane configuration and modes of operation
  • Proper crane set up and blocking
  • Operator and Rigger responsibilities
  • Wire rope construction, design factors, uses, and inspection
  • Gross and net capacity with factors that reduce capacity
  • 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

Boom Truck Hands On Training:

The length of the hands-on performance training and testing will vary depending on the skill of your crane operators. The customized hands-on training can consist of, but not limited to:

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

Participants will be required to successfully complete a practical evaluation evidencing they are qualified to operate the boom truck.

Interested in Boom Truck Operator Training?

Contact us today or 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.