Crane Training Overview

We all learn differently, yet we need to focus on the common outcome.

Creating a safer workplace

Overhead & Gantry Crane Training Process free word or pdf download

When using an overhead crane our skills and focus needs to be on safety and the environment all the time. Whilst the crane is simply one component, we also need to understand al the different attachments, their unique characteristics and at the same time our unique workplace. Each crane is an individual as well, and like you and I it can have it’s own characteristics. As with any industry over time many changes have been implemented from the design aspect yet with the design life actually being up to 25 years we’re going to come across, again, different characteristics. Having an association with this industry for over 30 years has allowed me to experience many different types, some have a very distinct acceleration curve, and others have a smooth acceleration curve designed into them. Safety is what we’re here to achieve primarily though, as an industry and as a user, so with the two totally different design types the industry really became very focused on hook swing and how to control it. If I were to identify as hierarchy or put in order of incidents I would suggest that we had;

  1. Operator awareness, focus and safe work practices.
    • We need to be aware of the potential negative outcomes.
    • We need to focus on what we’re doing at all times as we are control of an item that can potentially kill or maim another individual.
    • And we need to ensure that we adopt and standardize on safe work practices, whilst always maintaining an open mind to constantly improve within ourselves and for the company associated to creating a safe work place.
  2. Hook swing is possibly the next biggest issue when using an overhead or gantry crane safely.
    • Hook swing gets caused by the initial take off from the crane above and the acceleration curve.
    • Modern cranes are designed with a variable speed start and older cranes were instant.
    • So an older crane is technically more difficult to control hook swing creates an unstable environment which can lead to further issues.
  3. Slinging & Rigging practices.
    • As there are so many variables this area of your next lift needs to be understood the most.
    • Different weights,
    • Different types of lifts
    • The scope of variables here is endless and as such requires more focused and targeted training.

All in all, ensuring that you’ve been trained correctly is also your responsibility, yours because the company can make all reasonable efforts and support you in many different ways, however it is you the crane operator who ultimately has control over the overhead or gantry crane in the workplace.

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Anthony Gardiner and The Automated Genius

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