Course Aims

For experienced crane operators. Delegates must be over the age of 18, be physically fit, have good eyesight, hearing ability and be able to judge distances.

The aim of this training course is to train selected delegates in the safe operation and use of mobile cranes in their workplace.

By the end of the training course, delegates will be able to:

  • Operate the crane safely in accordance with manufacturer’s handbook and accepted codes of practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts set out in Company, National and International standards
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the controls of the particular model used during the training
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the proper use of lifting tackle
  • Estimate the weight of loads
  • Use appropriate communications

Course Duration

The duration of this course would depend on the delegate’s skills and previous training and experience.

Course Content

  • Pre-course examination to assess candidate level of competency
  • Legislation. Company, local, British, National and International standards as appropriate, manual handling operations mandatory etc. Permit to work system (If appropriate).
  • Machine selection, crane configuration and equipment requirements. Identification, load rating information, guards and protective structures, cabs and control stations, operating controls, drum assemblies, brakes, ropes, rigging reeving and accessories, sheaves, outriggers, power controlled lowering, Boom stops, Safety features, equipment handbook and records.
  • Machine assembly and set up on all areas/surfaces. Crane maintenance. Routine, daily, vicinity and pre-start checks. Wire ropes and cables. Information and inspection requirements. Fire and gas detection equipment. Boom Inspection procedures.
  • The Banksman/Slinger and his duties Banksman/Slinger requirements, Job discussion (‘Toolbox talk’),
    hand signals/radio work, crane operations, and blind lifts. Safe rigging and lifting Instruction, video and
    question paper, theoretical background explanation of the requirements for good operational practice
    and effects of misuse.
  • Crane function test/operation. Data logging systems, emergency stops/lowering systems, gross overload
    protection systems and procedures, slack rope cut-out etc. Emergency operating procedures Safety
    devices and RCI (Rated Capacity Indicators) systems (as appropriate)
  • General Maintenance Brief details to enhance driver/operator knowledge includes; Hydraulic systems,
    Pressure accumulators, electrical systems, brake assemblies, centralised grease points, inspection of
    load monitoring slew points, oil/air filters, lubrication and oil types, weekly maintenance requirements
    and job cards.
  • Adverse weather operation. Weather information, determination of wind speed, crane operation in
    darkness, lights and impaired vision, poor visibility operations company policy, driver/operator
    Banksmen/Slinger radio controlled operations.

Course Certification

Following the theoretical elements of this training course, a further period, determined by the level of
candidates competency, is spent in a fully ‘hands on’ operating role. During this period the instructor will
assess the delegate’s general aptitude and confidence. He will be observed in the undertaking of pre-use,
daily, weekly, and monthly checks and inspections, and assessed for all round performance with particular
attention being paid to safe operation of the crane. Certificates will be issued on successful completion.