Crane Signal Person Basic Training

Organization: Knowledge Essentials

Created by: Knowledge Team


Cranes are undoubtedly among the most important pieces of equipment on large construction sites. Their ability to safely move large and heavy material in a complex construction environment truly makes them indispensable. However, due to their massive size, they are quite dangerous to work around. In spite of this potential danger, there are keys to ensure safe operation of a crane; one way is to learn and understand the proper ways of communication between the signal person and the load operator through the material presented in this video. Knowing and following these proper methods of communication helps secure a safer work environment.

While cranes are able to perform a number of functions at a construction site, they also have some limitations. For example, all cranes have load limits. This lesson instructs you which factors affect a crane's load limit, as well as how to properly address those factors. In addition to these physical limitations, a crane also has limitations arising from what its operator can and cannot hear or see. Because of the noise at a construction site, a load operator may have his or her ability to hear and see greatly compromised. To address this issue, there are a series of standard and non-standard hand signals given to the operator by the signal person. Educate yourself on what these signals are, as well as their proper use, by utilizing the information presented in this on-demand training session.

The only person on a construction site that should be signaling is the signal person. The signal person is integral to the safe operation of a crane as well as the overall completion of the construction project. With this video, you will be trained on the various signals, including standard, non-standard, and voice, a signal person has at his or her disposal; you will also learn basic safety protocol when you are around a crane. While cranes are capable of many things at a construction site, they are only as good as their operator and the signal person. Maximize your effectiveness and your efficiency with this training video.

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