Overhead Crane Operator Responsibilities and Descriptions
Generally, training programs for overhead cranes allow people to learn how to not only operate their company’s in-house cranes properly but also how they can train others to properly use the canes within the operation. Training programs for overhead crane operation vary, but they usually include tops including the applicable safety standards from OSHA as well as operation limitations, the risks of overloading the crane, how to properly inspect the crane both pre-operation and post-operation, equipment maintenance, rigging principles, and how to best minimize the risk of accidents. At CICB, the training courses dealing with overhead cranes also overlap to cover a few other applicable courses, including overhead bridge cranes, monorail and underhung cranes, jib cranes, rail-mounted cranes, and rubber tire mounted ganty cranes. This is important as those who deal with overhead cranes will also often have to work with these as well.
The cross training and all the training, in general, is highly important. Using these overhead cranes is a dangerous job – you are up in the air and also working with many heavy or dangerous items, and understanding not only how the cranes work but also the safest ways to manipulate them is a must. Once you have received the proper training and understand the safety hazards regarding operating overhead cranes, you will be well on your way to a rewarding career.
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