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If you would like to have a career as an overhead crane operator, you will need to undergo the proper training to be certified. All overhead crane operators, according to OSHA guidelines, must have a thorough understanding of rigging, signaling, operating, and maintaining overhead cranes. The training requirements indicate that the overhead crane operator receives training from a qualified trainer.
The leading cause of overhead crane and hoist accidents is improper rigging and/or crane operator errors. With proper training, the risks of these accidents are decreased greatly. The operator of the crane must be certified, and the rigger and signalperson must be qualified, but certification isn’t required but it is recommended.
Your crane certification is good for 5 years. Every 5 years the crane operator must go through the testing process to be recertified. Overhead cranes are used for manipulating and handling loads that are suspended. To operate an overhead crane, the individual must be at least 18 years of age, meet the physical requirements, and in some states, a CDL is required in addition to the certification.
To learn more about overhead crane training and certification and the programs offered at Associated Training Services (ATS) call (800) 383-7364. Financial aid is available. If you are interested in becoming an overhead crane operator, we have a team of experienced professionals available that will help you come up with the best plan for your financial situation and career goals.