Articulated (Knuckle) Boom Crane Online Safety Training

Articulated (Knuckle) Boom Crane Online Safety Training
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Types of Knuckle Boom Trucks
Knuckle Boom Regulations
Inspections & Records


Cab and Chassis
Outriggers and Stabilizers
Operator Station
Turret Section
Wire Rope and Winch


Load Charts
Introduction to Crane Operations
Setup Considerations
Critical Lifts


OSHA Accident Profiles
Working Around Power Lines
Accident Profile #1
Working Around Power Lines (cont.)
Outrigger/Stabilizer Hazards
Accident Profile #2
Outrigger/Stabilizer Hazards (cont.)
Accident Profile #3
Overloading (cont.)
Two-Blocking the Crane
Accident Profile #4
Hoisting Personnel
Accident Profile #5
Operator’s View Obstructed
Accident Profile #6


Rigging Considerations
Accident Profile #7
Typical Rigging Hardware
Synthetic Sling Inspection
Wire Rope and Chain Sling Inspection
Rigging Hardware Inspection
Basic Rigging Practices
Load’s Center of Gravity
Sling Angles
Basic Hitches


Safe Operations Guidelines
Hand Signals

Final results sent back to company administrator
Training can be taken wherever there is an internet connection
Does not have to be completed in one sitting
Certificate of completion
Evaluation form and instructions for evaluating operators available for free download
Pop-up quiz questions to test your knowledge
Definitions of knuckle boom truck terms

eLearning: Articulated (Knuckle) Boom Crane Safety Training

Looking for immediate knuckle boom crane training? Or do you need to find a long-term solution to train your employees on knuckle boom crane safety reliably and affordably?

With Hard Hat Training Series Articulated Boom Crane Safety Program, you’ll have your personal knuckle boom crane operator training finished (or have your entire team trained) in just a few hours! This quick, detailed articulating boom crane operator course will get you completely certified right now without stopping your work for a single day.

If you’ve been through knuckle boom crane courses before, you know they can be an all-day event. And you know that crane safety training is expensive and completely inconvenient. But the Hard Hat Articulated Boom Crane Safety Course will get you certified fast and back to work, giving you the information you need from the ease and convenience of your computer.

We’ve spent years perfecting our Knuckle Boom Crane Safety Course, packing it with all of the latest OSHA requirements, articulating crane regulations, and hazards that come with operating an articulating boom crane. Now all that information is yours by clicking a button. Just sit back and let our knuckle boom crane operator training teach you all you need to know. Sign up now and you’ll be fully certified in just a few hours.

Trusted by OSHA, Costco, Safeway, ThyssenKrupp, and hundreds of others, our Hard Hat crane safety courses give you everything you need, including:

  • Industry-leading Value: Our online knuckle boom crane courses not only fits any budget, it’s the highest quality safety training course on the market.
  • Global Accessibility: Your articulating boom crane training is ready anytime, anywhere you have Internet access.
  • Interactive Learning: Finally, crane safety training that won’t put you to sleep.
  • Employer Training Confirmation: The boss will receive an automatic email letting him know that your articulated boom crane course is complete.
  • Moving at your pace: No more all-day crane trainings. Finish it now, or save it for later.
  • Simplicity: All of our Hard Hat Trainings are straightforward and easy to navigate.
  • Continuous Updates: Our crane courses are updated to reflect the latest industry regulations. When the rules change, you’ll know.
  • Certificate of Completion: When your knuckle boom crane training is complete, you’ll receive a certificate to keep for your personal records.


What does each online class cover?
A specific table of contents per course can be viewed under the image to your left. Generally speaking, though, each course covers the following: 1. Overview of the Course/Introduction to the Equipment 2. Anatomy including pre-shift inspections 3. Stability Principles 4. Common Hazards/Accident Profiles 5. Safe Operation 6. Rigging and Hand Signals (for crane courses only).
How long is the course?
Trainees go at their own pace, but in general each class (including the exam) takes anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours. We recommend planning for two or more so you don’t end up rushing through the exam.
Are these courses OSHA-compliant?
Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses were built and continue to be updated by our trainers and inspectors using OSHA and ANSI guidelines.
Are the e-learning classes up-to-date with OSHA standards?
Yes, all of our Hard Hat Training online courses are up-to-date with the latest OSHA standards. As standards change, so we make changes to the courses. If you purchase any of our online courses outright, though, it will then be your responsibility to update the course in accordance with any changes to the standard.
Does this course certify or qualify me?
There is a lot of confusion among operators and even companies about what it means to be certified or qualified. Simply put, no, a course does not certify anyone, only an employer does. Or, in other words, because it is the employer’s responsibility to make sure an employee is properly trained, it is also his or her responsibility to say when the employee is “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.” The online courses, like our training kits on CD or even live training via a 3rd party, is just a tool to help them in doing so.

According to OSHA, all operators of heavy equipment must receive operator training. Proper training must include a classroom portion including a written exam, as well as a practical hands-on portion/exam wherein the operator is observed operating the machine. The online course satisfies the required classroom portion of the training. Upon completion of the course and written exam, the safety administrator of the company will receive a checklist which can be used to observe the trainee on the machine. When done successfully, the administrator signs the bottom of the form. At this point, unless further training is required by your employer, you have done everything required by OSHA to be considered by your employer as “certified,” “qualified,” or “competent.”

If I pass this class and exam can I take my certification and get a job anywhere?
See “Does this course certify me?” This will depend on your employer. Remember, it is their responsibility to see that you are trained and if there is ever an accident, it is they who will have to prove to OSHA that they trained you sufficiently. Because of this, while some smaller businesses may simply accept your certificate and a copy of your test, more often than not they will require you to go through their own training program. This is their right to do so. It is their further responsibility to train you in accordance with the job, site, equipment, etc. Having said that, we have fielded many calls from potential employers who wanted to learn more about the classroom portion of the training we offered. After hearing our explanation, they accepted the online class as satisfying the classroom portion of the required training and proceeded to do their own practical.
How long is the training good for?
OSHA standards dictate that safety certification needs to be completed at least once every three years. Since no online course can provide “certification,” these courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill OSHA’s requirements for up to three years. Having said that, refresher training is required sooner if an employee changes sites or jobs, is asked to operate a different type of the equipment, is involved in a near-miss or accident, or is observed operating the machine in a dangerous manner.
Will I get a certificate?
Yes, upon successful completion of the course and exam, you will have immediate electronic access to your test, a certificate, and a checklist you can use for the practical hands-on portion of the training. Simply print them off.
How many people can use this course? Can I play it for several employees at the same time?
When a course is assigned to an employee, only that employee can take the course. There are many reasons for this, but most importantly the course is designed to train that one employee per OSHA regulations. Also, there is a final written exam at the end that will be linked to the trainee assigned. OSHA requires proof of training and if multiple people were to sit in on that one course, they would not get credit for taking it.
Can I customize the classes?
Your business’s learning portal can be completely customized for your employees including colors and logo. Additionally, if you purchase our courses outright to be used on your own company LMS (learning management system), you also get the right to rebuild them and customize them to meet your own needs. If you have Adobe Captivate, which we use to build our courses, customization is even easier.
Are SCORM/Tin Can options available for use on our own company LMS?
All of our online courses are designed to be SCORM-compatible and can be easily uploaded to your company’s current SCORM-friendly LMS. You can license their use annually or purchase them outright. Licensing or purchasing them outright does not, however, give you the right to resell or distribute our courses to parties other than those whom you are training.
If we buy or license the eLearning courses for use on our own LMS, can you customize them for us?
Yes, we have done and continue to do this for clients. Pricing depends on the extent of customization requested. Please contact us for a quote.
Do you offer unlimited training options?
We are currently working on an unlimited training subscription option, but it is not quite ready to go. In the meantime, we offer tiered and custom pricing based on the size of your company and the number of different training courses you will be accessing.
Can I resell these trainings?
We do have resale options available. Click here to contact us regarding resale opportunities.

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