• Carmen Zajicek

Training Requirements for Operators of Cranes and Hoists


A multi-office complex being built.

Improper rigging and the crane operator’s error are some of the leading causes of overhead crane and hoist accidents. Every crane operator should, therefore, undergo the required training for this vital initiative.


A 10-year study undertaken by OSHA determined the costs of 250 reported crane accidents over the period. This report focused on the human impact, along with the financial impact of the hundreds of injuries and deaths recorded. The economic loss came up to around $2 million per incident and the most important stat is that 70% of these incidents could be prevented with proper training and effective preventative measures.


What are the training requirements for crane operators?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for overhead cranes specifically state, “Only designated personnel shall be permitted to operate a crane covered by this section.” This refers to the operation of cranes by qualified individuals with the required training. Every employer must ensure that only a certified and licensed individual is operating the cranes on the site. Individuals who have not yet obtained their certification and license can only operate the crane in the capacity of an operator-in-training. They must use the crane under the supervision of a professional.



Concrete building being constructed.

Additional steps to ensuring crane safety

Crane maintenance, inspection, and repair

Like every piece of equipment used on a construction site, a crane and hoist also require maintenance services from time to time. They can develop issues that can compromise them and make them a hazard for employees and the site in general. Regular crane inspections ensure such issues are detected in their early stages and repaired.

Anti Two Block

More commonly known as ATB, these warning systems alert a crane operator and prevent them from two-blocking the crane. ATB warning systems are quite basic, yet very essential and, therefore, every job site using a crane requires it. Rayco Wylie wireless and hardwired ATB systems fit every type of crane and application, making them a popular choice among construction companies.


If you’re looking for high-end crane safety equipment, you can find the best products at Crane Warning Systems Atlanta. We are a pioneer in the crane safety business, serving companies across the US for about 20 years, with cutting-edge crane safety systems by RaycoWylie. We have crane LMI systems (i4300 and i4500 LMI-RCI), crane wind speed (crane anemometer), links and shackles, crane load indicators and more for enhanced crane load monitoring and protection against equipment damage and workforce accidents.

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