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Pedestal Crane Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA and CSA.


We Offer Three Types of Pedestal Crane Safety Trainings

Our regulation-aligned Pedestal Crane certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a certification in as little as two hours, or a more robust training, we can help! We offer online trainings that can be completed in a day, DIY training kits that provide training materials, Train the Trainer certifications that certify individuals to train others and provide training materials, or onsite training. No matter what you choose, we can get you what you want, at a price you can afford.

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Online Training

Online training is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location and/or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

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Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It is an PowerPoint Presentation (PPT) that you can present yourself to a group of trainees.

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Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. Training kit and materials are included with the Train the Trainer online course for no additional cost.

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What’s in the Pedestal Crane Training Course?

Our Pedestal Crane safety training course is regulation-aligned, and our online version fulfills OSHA’s classroom training requirement. Each class contains sections on anatomy, rigging, safe operations, common hazards, and more.

This presentation includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required.

While this training encompasses many important safety standards, you will still need to familiarize yourself with any other federal, state, and local standards that apply to your specific workplace.


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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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Pedestal Crane Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1915 – Shipyard, Subpart G: Gear and Equipment for Rigging and Materials Handling
  • 29 CFR 1917 – Marine Terminals, Subpart C: Cargo Handling Gear and Equipment
  • 29 CFR 918 – Safety and Health regulations for Longshoring, Subpart F: vessels Cargo Handling Gear
  • 29 CCFR 1919 – Gear Certification
  • CAL/OSHA Requirements

  • 1611. – Assembly/Disassembly
  • 1613. – Inspections
  • 1616. – Operations
  • 1617. – Signals
  • Canada Standards

  • CAN/CSA- Z150-11 – Safety Code on Mobile Cranes
  • CAN/CSA-Z150.3-11 – Safety Code on Articulating Boom Cranes
  • CAN/CSA-C22.2 – Safety Code for Material Hoists
  • CGSB Standard65.11-M88: Personal Floatation Device
  • International Standards

  • ISO 16715:2014 – Hand Signals used with Cranes
  • ASME/ANSI B30.1-29 – Cranes, Slings, Below the Hook Lifting Devices
  • ASME/ANSI B30.5 – Mobile and Locomotive Cranes
  • ASME/ANSI B30.22 – Articulating Boom Cranes

    Train the Trainer Certification

    The Train the Trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an regulation-aligned lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.

    Why Do I Need Pedestal Crane Safety Training?

    In line with regulations, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. The requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.

    When it comes to refresher training, the standards in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer, but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.

    Stay Informed On All Things Pedestal Crane

    Did You Know?

    Pedestal Cranes are also known as offshore cranes.

    Just over half of fatal crane injuries since 2011 are from being struck by something. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics).


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is a pedestal crane?

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    This type of crane is affixed to docks or ships in order to move cargo from boats to the platform and vice versa. They are not limited to a particular type of cargo, but they do have capacity limits.

    What is the fixed pedestal in the pedestal crane?

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    The pedestal takes as much of the stress as possible from moving heavy or bulky cargo and distributes it as widely as possible along the base of the equipment. It also houses the parts that allow the crane to rotate.

    What other types of cranes are used offshore?

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    Pedestal cranes offer the flexibility and stability necessary for cargo loading and unloading. Docks may also use a gantry crane, which straddles the workspace but is capable of lifting much larger loads. In offshore operations, other types of cranes include jib cranes, which have a horizontal boom (jib) that holds a moveable hoist.

    What are the biggest hazards with this type of immobile equipment?

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    The most dangerous hazards around pedestal cranes are always falling loads. Falling loads can be caused in several different ways, though, and our training teaches employees to recognize and avoid the most common causes of accident and injury.


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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL/OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

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