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Mobile Cranes – Size Really Does Matter

There’s more to becoming a mobile crane operator than just learning to pull levers. Mobile cranes, whilst not overly complex, do rely on a crane operator’s ability to assess the job before starting. That assessment includes the terrain, the load, and the environment. The latter is particularly important as it includes factors such as wind direction and strength, and any obstacles such as overhead utility lines.

When it comes to the load, size really does matter. Mobile cranes range in size from baby 5 ton vehicles up to quite large 120+ ton vehicles. The size represents the maximum weight a crane can handle, however, this is one of the areas where a crane operator’s skill and knowledge is important. A 60-ton crane, for example, can lift up to 60 tons – under perfect conditions. Add wind, particularly gusting wind, and/or an uneven terrain, and that vehicle’s safe maximum lifting capacity could be reduced by 50% or more.

This is why new crane operators require good quality training, and why all crane operators must be certified before being permitted to operate a crane. Crane operator training will provide the necessary skills and knowledge to work safely as a crane operator. Certification tests an operator’s skill and knowledge only allowing competent operators through to the workplace.

ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools deliver high quality training to students looking for a career as a crane operator. Training is provided by NCCER qualified trainers and includes training for fixed cab and swing cab mobile hydraulic cranes, lattice boom cranes, and articulated boom (knuckleboom) cranes. On completion of a students training, we are accredited by NCCCO as a test site for both the NCCCO written and NCCCO practical exams. This means you can receive your training and your certification through the one training organization.

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