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In 2010, OSHA promulgated the 1926.1400 Subpart CC Crane and Derricks standard to update the regulations for cranes used in construction. The regulation made important changes in the requirements for operators and riggers and signal persons. The most controversial component was the requirement to require operators to pass a professional written and operational test. However, this requirement has been delayed until November 2017 due to inconsistencies between the certifying entities and their individual definitions of cranes.
The reality at most construction sites is that the rigger and signal person are one and the same.
Another important component, and often overlooked requirement, is the below-the-hook training for riggers and signal persons who are critical to the smooth and safe operation of cranes. Rigger requirements are covered in CFR 1926.1425 and signal person requirements are covered in CFR 1926.1428. The reality at most construction sites is that the rigger and signal person are one and the same. In addition, many other trades will have interactions with the crane operator and if those individuals are fulfilling the rigger and/or signal person role, they must also have this training. One of the underlying causes of incidents of a crane losing control of loads are untrained riggers and signal persons.
EI is offering an on-site Qualified Rigger and Signal Person course which will satisfy these training requirements. Participants will learn the basics of sling selection, sling inspection, calculation of sling tension and techniques for securing and movement of the loads. Hands-on inspection and real world sling selection will be discussed using slings your company utilizes in lifting loads. Signal Person training will focus on the proper signals and communication with the crane operator and power line precautions as required by CFR 1926.1408.
Call EI today at 800.717.3472 to discuss your training needs!