What’s in the Overhead Crane TTT Course?
Also called bridge cranes and hoists. Our Overhead Crane safety training course is OSHA Aligned. 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 by OSHA.
Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 120 – 150 min.
OSHA Requirements: This course meets the following OSHA Requirements:
- 29 CFR 1910.179 – Overhead Cranes and Gantries
- 29 CFR 1926.554 – Overhead Hoists
- ISO 16715:2014 – Hand Signals used with Cranes
- ASME/ANSI B30.1-29 – Cranes, Slings, Below the Hook Lifting Devices
- ASME/ANSI B30.2 – Overhead and Gantry Cranes
- ASME B30.11 – Monorails and Under-hung Cranes
- ASME B30.16 – Overhead Hoists
- SME B30.17 Overhead and Gantry Cranes
The Best Train the Trainer Program—Overhead Crane Course
What is train the trainer? Simply put, a trainer takes the online course to become more familiar with the topic and learn how to teach the required topics. This offers a thorough, cost-effective way for trainers and employers to increase their knowledge and more effectively train and/or certify their crew. Our Train the Trainer courses are designed for companies with employees who have experience with the subject matter, but simply need or want a third-party trainer certificate.
Once you have completed the Trainer Certification course and passed the exam, you will have immediate electronic access to our DIY training kit, which gives you everything you need to conduct training classes on as often as needed. These materials are reusable and customizable. We have fine-tuned our kits to provide you with the best training experience possible. They include accident profiles, videos, and other tools to help learners retain information and apply it on the job site, preventing tragic accidents or costly fines.
Train the Trainer Course Contents: Of course, every training kit is a little different. But, generally speaking, they consist of (but are not limited to) the following materials:
- Pertinent standards and regulations
- The customizable PowerPoint presentation
- A quick-reference guide for learners
- Written exams with answer keys
- Practical evaluation checklist
- Pre-shift inspection booklets
- Classroom forms for proper recordkeeping
- Full-sized certificates and wallet card templates for learners
Do take not that, while the online “trainer” portion of this course never expires, standards dictate that safety certification be completed at least once every three years (unless otherwise stated). These courses will combine with your onsite practical training to fulfill regulation's requirements for up to three years.
Remember, safety training is an investment. We’ve been providing industry-specific safety training solutions for individuals, safety managers, and business owners for over 15 years. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs.
Online Overhead Crane Train the Trainer Certification Details
Becoming a trainer is ultimately an employer designation. For those who are becoming trainers on their own, you simply have to be able to justify why you are competent enough to be a trainer. Regulating organizations typically want you to have experience and training. While we travel the country certifying trainers, the online training course is an easy and cost-effective way to help employers make the designation by offering the required training.
We send our trainers all over the country training both operators and trainers. And even though OSHA does not require an overhead crane train the trainer certification (they are more interested in what topics are being trained on), many companies and individuals feel more comfortable going through the trainer program from a well-established, industry-recognized training company like us. But it doesn’t always make sense financially for companies. That is why we’ve created the option to get certified online. If you are comfortable training and comfortable with the equipment, you can simply purchase the online trainer course, get your certificate and training kit, and start training. It is a very cost-effective way to go.
Safety training is an investment. That is why hundreds of companies and individuals all over the world trust the Hard Hat Training Series for their online training needs. Our unique online training program has been fine tuned to provide you with the best training experience possible.
What’s in the Overhead Crane Train the Trainer Course?
The online course consists of several modules, but two main sections:
- How to Train
- OSHA requirements
- Trainer Responsibilities
- Record Keeping
- Classroom set-up
- Using and Customizing Training Materials
- Overhead Crane Training Kit Outline
- Final Exam
In a nutshell, the trainer will take the online training course to become more familiar with the equipment and learn how to teach the required topics. Once completed, they will gain access their certificate of completion, as well as the overhead crane training kit, which is a download file that contains all training material necessary to train your overhead crane operators, including an in-depth powerpoint presentation. See more details on the overhead crane training kit here.
Overhead Crane Train the Trainer
Overhead Crane Train the Trainer is a comprehensive course that covers trainer responsibilities and safe crane operation.
- Every crane operator and trainer needs to be familiar with overhead crane anatomy.
- Train the Trainer courses help individuals become effective trainers.
- Train the Trainer courses are available online and come with helpful training kits.
What Is an Overhead Crane Used For?
Overhead cranes are known by many names, from industrial crane to overhead traveling crane. They are called such because they are generally used within a facility—such as a warehouse or a factory plant—to move large, bulky, or very heavy items overhead. These types of cranes run on tracks in order to accomplish this task.
Overhead cranes come in many forms and styles, but their general anatomy remains the same. Below are lists of some components you should be familiar with as you work with overhead cranes.
Hoist Unit and Hook
The hoist unit is the mechanism that does the actual lifting. This unit contains either chain or wire rope with a hook at the end to attach to the item that needs to be lifted.
Bridge Beam and Columns
The bridge beam provides a path of travel for the hoist unit as it carries a load. This bridge beam generally runs the width of the overhead crane system whereas columns provide support from the sides. Columns also determine the height of the crane and the overhead clearance it has.
Control Cubicle and Unit
The control cubicle is the device that supplies power to the hoist and other components. The control unit, however, is the mechanism by which an operator can control the overhead crane. Control units can either be a radio control or a pendant control based on the manufacturer.
Power Feed System
The power feed system is how the crane gets and manages power supplies during lifting operations.
The crane bridge beam’s ability to move forward and backward down the runway beams is made possible by the end carriages.
Travel motors are the devices that cause the crane components to move. These motors are found on the end carriages.
Runway Beams and Trolley
Runway beams are the beams the crane components travel on. The trolley unit has wheels that make movement along the runway beams easier.
What Are Overhead and Gantry Cranes?
A gantry crane is a type of smaller overhead crane; the main difference being that gantry cranes can be freestanding, which can make them portable. Just like overhead cranes, gantry cranes come in many shapes and sizes; some types of gantry cranes include:
Full Gantry Crane: Full-sized gantry cranes are the closest to a typical overhead crane; these have two freestanding legs on each side and have one track that is used to transport loads.
Semi-Gantry Crane: This design has one leg on wheels while the other side is connected to runway tracks attached to the building’s walls. Companies typically employ this type of gantry crane to save work space
Portable Gantry Crane: As the name implies, portable gantry cranes are smaller and more lightweight than other types of gantry cranes. Thus, they are used for smaller projects besides construction or industrial work.
Adjustable Gantry Crane: Similar to a portable gantry crane, adjustable gantry cranes are smaller and designed for more lightweight projects. Since they are adjustable, you can adjust the height as needed.
Crane Operator Training Objectives
Now that you have a better understanding of what an overhead crane is and what it’s used for, let’s go over what trainers need to know to better train future crane operators.
Train the Trainer Goals
Simply put, the main idea behind Train the Trainer courses is to help people become effective trainers in their respective fields. Ideally, trainers for an overhead crane course are those who have previous experience operating an overhead crane.
To meet this end, Hard Hat Training provides a specialized Train the Trainer (TTT) course option that includes a presentation on overhead crane safety principles, a specific trainer module, and a training kit complete with resources a trainer would need to teach others.
Train the Trainer Module
The Train the Trainer module will review skills and methods to help make you a better trainer, which will help create a safer workplace for everyone as each employee receives proper training.
Overhead Crane Training
The main overhead crane training presentation will cover topics such as crane anatomy, safe rigging principles, receiving training and conducting inspections, and other safe practices to follow as you operate the overhead crane around the worksite. The following will go over each topic in more depth as they would appear in the training presentation.
As a refresher, some basic crane components you should be familiar with include the hoist units and hook, bridge beams, columns, control devices, the power feed system, runway beams, travel motors, and end carriages. Of course, there are many more components than these, but these are the main ones you should be aware of.
The majority of overhead crane operations deal with rigging; therefore, the majority of the training you receive for overhead cranes will focus on safe rigging principles. This topic explores the different types of ropes and slings you may use, as well as their pros and cons. Safe rigging principles will also review the various hooks, shackles, and bolts you may use and what type of lifting each is best suited for.
Besides understanding the different types of ropes, slings, and other hardware you would use in overhead crane lifting operations, it’s also important that you know how to use these things to rig loads properly. The rigging section will go over how to calculate the weight of a load and how to find its center of gravity, as well as different rigging angles and hitches—all to help you rig and hoist a load in optimal safety.
Know Your Crane
As you may guess, you must be certified as an overhead crane operator before you begin any kind of lifting operations. If your aim is to become an overhead crane trainer, you would still need operator certification to verify your experience.
The Know Your Crane section will also go over other things you’ll need to know and do before you operate an overhead crane. This includes donning the appropriate personal protective equipment and conducting a pre-shift inspection to make sure none of the crane’s components are damaged in any way that could put you or others in danger. This section will also cover important information you’d need to know about your overhead crane like load handling and operating capacity. Using your overhead crane to lift a load that exceeds the crane’s capacity puts yourself and your fellow coworkers in danger of serious injury if not death.
Know Your Worksite
The Know Your worksite section focuses on what you would need to know to operate safely within the workplace. This includes paying attention to where pedestrians are and making sure they are not put in danger during overhead crane lifting operations.
Another important aspect of maintaining a safe work environment is having a reliable way to communicate. Communication may be done via radio or hand signals, or both if the occasion calls for it. All employees should know how to perform the emergency stop signal and are able to give it at any time if they notice an unsafe practice during lifting operations. Besides emergency situations, there should only be one person giving hand signals to the overhead crane operator during lifting operations in order to prevent confusion or mishaps.
How Do You Inspect an Overhead Crane?
There are two types of inspections operators need to do before operating an overhead crane. The first is a visual inspection in which they go through and visually look over each crane component for damage or wear. The second inspection is an operational one; the operational inspection requires operators to test all of the crane’s controls and function to ensure everything works properly and smoothly. If at any point during these inspections something is damaged or not working properly, the crane operator needs to record it on their inspection sheet and make sure the crane is sent in for repairs. It is recommended for overhead crane operators to conduct inspections daily at the start of their shift.
How Long Do You Have To Keep Overhead Crane Inspection Records?
Different governing bodies may have different record-retention guidelines, but employers generally keep inspection records for up to seven years. It may seem cumbersome to maintain inspection records for that long, but it does provide inspectors something to look back on if an employee is injured during crane operations. Not only does this ensure a complete and thorough investigation, but it also shows that the company is OSHA Aligned.
What Types of Classes Are Available?
The Overhead Crane Train the Trainer course is offered online so that future trainers can complete their certification at their own pace and on their own time. Training kits also come with an overhead crane presentation that’s suited for in-person training.
How Long Does Trainer Certification Last?
Hard Hat Training’s Overhead Crane Train the Trainer course certifies trainers for life. In addition, this certification does not have to go through a specific company, so trainers don’t have to be retrained if they begin work with a new company.