Overhead Crane Training

Overhead Crane Training

The Safe-Tech Overhead Crane Safety Training course teaches about the various types of overhead cranes (bridge, jib, monorail, gantry, workstation), pre-operation inspection, overall equipment features, safe operation procedures and hazard avoidance and is an OHSA based program. Training is offered throughout Ontario including Brampton, Burlington, Cambridge, Cobourg, Hamilton, Kitchener, Markham, Mississauga, Niagara Falls, North Bay, Oakville, Peterborough, Toronto, Waterloo. This program is also available as an Instructor Program “Train the Trainer”.



Safe-Tech Training31 Parr Blvd., Unit B, L7E 4E3 (Highway 50 & North of Mayfield Rd. )
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Safe-Tech Training31 Parr Blvd., Unit B, L7E 4E3 (Highway 50 & North of Mayfield Rd. )
Sep 12
Overhead Crane Training: Operator Certification Safe-Tech programs meet or exceed all pertinent guidelines and regulations including components from CSA Standard B167-16 and ANSI/ASME B30.2 and is designed within the parameters of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, REGULATION 851. INDUSTRIAL ESTABLISHMENTS as it pertains to Overhead Crane Safety.   PROGRAM OVERVIEW The Safe-Tech Overhead Crane Operator Training Program is a two-part program consisting of a comprehensive in-class theory session followed by practical operating testing.   The program covers a broad spectrum of overhead crane operation and rigging focussing on those relevant to your operation.  Participants will learn how to safely and effectively operate your specific overhead crane(s), attachments and related components.  This program is suitable for new and existing operators.  Participants with little or no practical operating experience may require practical operator training prior to practical testing. CLASSROOM TRAINING CONTENT
  • Current applicable legislation and guidelines
  • Hazard awareness
  • Pre-shift equipment inspections
  • Types of hardware
  • Safe hoisting/operating techniques
  • Hand signals for slingers and operators
  • Occurrence/damage causes
  • Internal responsibility
  • Capacity ratings/load weight calculations
  • Equipment and design principles
  • Pedestrian/operator safety
  • Hitches and angles
  • Basic turning and flipping of loads
  • Rigging/Equipment applications
  PRACTICAL TESTING (FOR EXISTING OPERATORS) Practical operator testing is held on-site at your facility and is scheduled following the in-class segment.  The instructor will work with 1 – 2 operators at a time for approximately 30 – 60 minutes and each will be put through a series of operating tasks and manoeuvres to assess competency and safety awareness on the equipment. Pre-shift inspection and reporting procedures are also covered. Additional time will be required for testing on more than 2 pieces of equipment or attachments.   PRACTICAL TRAINING (FOR NEW OPERATORS) Participants with little or no practical operating experience will require practical operator training prior to practical testing.  The duration of practical training varies based on equipment type and aptitude of the operator.  Practical training is an additional charge to this program and should be pre-scheduled. DURATION & LOCATION
  • 6 – 8 hour in-class theory held on-site at your location (duration is dependent on type(s) of cranes/attachments, complexity of operation and class size).
  • Practical operator testing is held on-site at your location. The instructor works with 1 – 2 operators at a time for approximately 30-60 minutes. (Duration is dependent on type(s) of cranes and attachments and complexity of operation).
  • In-class training
  • Practical operator testing on up to 2 pieces of equipment or attachments (providing both tests take place at the same time & location during the initial scheduled testing date)
  • Record of training report
  • Written examinations
  • Signed safety rules from each participant
  • Individual wallet certificates (for participants with 80% passing score on both written and practical tests)
  • Wall certificate for company
  Overhead Crane Training Safety Tips
  • Perform and record a visual and operational inspection of your overhead crane at the start of your shift. Check for current LDI (lifting device inspections) on crane and applicable rigging components and attachments.
  • Report mechanical problems to your supervisor immediately. Unsafe equipment should be parked, locked out, tagged and reported.
  • Do not attempt to repair or adjust the crane or attachments unless you are trained and authorized by your employer.
  • Report injury, damage, near miss accidents and unsafe situations promptly to your supervisor.
  • Before operating in a new environment or handling unfamiliar material, your supervisor must make you aware of any potential hazards and the correct use of relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
  • Only use attachments as per the manufacturer’s recommendations. Do not modify or alter its intended use.
  • Never use in-house (homemade) devices unless they are properly inspected, rated and certified by a qualified technician/engineer.
  • Load weight must not exceed the capacity of the lowest rated lifting device being used (i.e. crane, sling, hardware or attachment).
  • Observe and obey proper signals given by the slinger/spotter.
  • Always stop and allow your eyes or lenses to adjust when travelling between changing light conditions.
  • Ensure that stacks or racking can support the weight of your load. If you are not certain, check with your supervisor. Report damaged loads or racking immediately.
  • Park crane with hook and block above all traffic, over upright post with controls switched off. Do not block aisles, exits, or emergency equipment.
  • Always wear approved safety shoes, and any other PPE specified by your employer. Any provided safety equipment on a cab-controlled crane, seat belts must be used and maintained in good working order.
  • When required, operators of cab-controlled equipment must wear fall protection and remain connected at all times. All personnel who work at height must be trained in the correct use of fall protection equipment and procedures, and companies must have a rescue plan in place.
  • Keep head, hands, arms, feet and legs inside the confines of a cab control crane while in motion.
  • Understand that horseplay can be grounds for immediate dismissal and failure to comply with the Occupational Health and Safety Act or the Canada Labour Code can result in serious penalties.
  • Do not move a crane that has been involved in a critical injury (i.e. loss of blood, broken bones, unconsciousness) until Ministry of Labour inspector has arrived. Equipment may be moved if necessary to access injured party.
  • Never operate any equipment while impaired. Anything that adversely affects your concentration, balance, mobility, vision or depth perception can be considered an impairment.
  • Report to your supervisor any medical conditions or use of medications which may affect your ability to operate safely.
  • Never operate unfamiliar equipment until you have been trained, authorized and have reviewed the operator’s manual.
  • Never allow untrained/unauthorized personnel to operate a lifting device.
  • Allow a safe distance when following mobile equipment. Six metres (20 feet) is commonly recommended.
  • Do not pass mobile equipment that is travelling in the same direction and always sound warning devices (when equipped). Achieve eye contact before approaching pedestrians.
  • Observe body, hand and feet positions at all times. Stay at a safe distance from a raised load.


As per Ontario Ministry of Labour standards, the full course is a minimum of 7 + hours. The refresher course is 4 hours.


A passing grade of 75% is required in order to receive a certificate.


Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will receive a temporary PDF wallet card and the Ministry of Labor will directly send each participant their official certificate.

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