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April 8, 2022


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A crane is a type of machine, generally equipped with a hoist rope, wire ropes or chains, and sheaves, that can be used both to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally. It is mainly used for lifting heavy things and transporting them to other places. The device uses one or more simple machines to create mechanical advantage and thus move loads beyond the normal capability of a human. Cranes are commonly employed in the transport industry for the loading and unloading of freight, in the construction industry for the movement of materials, and in the manufacturing industry for the assembling of heavy equipment.

Overview/Description Cranes have capacity limitations unlike most other pieces of construction equipment. If a bulldozer attempts to push too much dirt, usually nothing bad happens. The equipment merely bogs down. Nothing breaks, and no one gets hurt. To recover, the operator merely backs up a bit, raises the blade and pushes on. If a crane exceeds its capacity limitations, there is usually a significant accident. More than most pieces of equipment, gravity is working to collapse the equipment or cause the crane’s load to fall to the ground. If the crane does not overturn, a structural failure could occur, with similar damage and results. Contrary to some conceptions, the design safety factor applied to cranes is quite small. Exceeding the structural or tipping capacity of a crane by even a modest amount can cause a serious accident. There are three basic types of crane accidents:
  • Structural failure
  • Tip-over
  • Collision
The basic causes of crane accidents are one or more of the following categories:
  • Operations
  • Assembly/disassembly
  • Rigging
  • Maintenance
  • Weather
Course Content
  • Cranes & Slings
  • Cranes
  • Load Testing
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • General Pre-Op Test
  • Lockout-Tagout
  • Crane Safety Basics
  • Fatalgram
  • Safety
  • Operator Requirements
  • Safe Practices
  • Signaler Safe Practices
  • Leaving or Parking
  • Lifting Factors
  • Estimating Load Weight
  • Rigging & Slings
  • Rules for Slings
  • Inspection
  • After The Lift
  • Slings Storage
  • Hand Signals
  • Protective Equipment

Course Curriculum

    • Cranes and Slings 00:10:00
    • Cranes 00:15:00
    • Load Testing 00:10:00
    • Preventive Maintenance 00:05:00
    • General Pre-Op Test 00:25:00
    • Lockout Tagout 00:15:00
    • Crane Safety Basics 00:05:00
    • Fatal Gram 00:25:00
    • Safety 00:20:00
    • Operator Requirements 00:10:00
    • Safe Practices 00:10:00
    • Signaler Safe Practices 00:10:00
    • Leaving or Parking 00:10:00
    • Lifting Factors 00:25:00
    • Estimating Load Weight 00:10:00
    • Rigging & Slings 00:15:00
    • Rules for Slings 00:10:00
    • Inspection 00:25:00
    • After The Lift 00:10:00
    • Slings Storage 00:45:00
    • Hand Signals 00:25:00
    • Protective Equipment 00:10:00
    • Crane Safety Assessment 4 weeks
    • Crane and sling training test 00:45:00

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