Understanding and operating a mobile crane correctly is vital to 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.
Regulations for crane operators can be challenging for both the crane owner and the operator. You need to determine 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.
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. FTS Safety provides training for general industry uses only at this time, not for construction uses where NCCO certification would be required. FTS Safety has a very experienced overhead crane trainer, Tom Taylor. Tom is a "crane guy" and has spent years using cranes and training on them. We also offer a related class in chain, sling and rigging and perform below the hook lifting device inspections.
This 8-hour course is designed for the wheeled type, mobile cranes used in general industry. It includes 4 hours of classroom work and an additional 4 hours of hands on work for the group.