Safety Representatives and Overhead Crane Training

Posted by DulceMorris on March 29th, 2016

Lifting machinery such as overhead cranes and lift trucks pose a unique set of risks if used incorrectly. Operators of lifting machinery in the workplace require specific training in terms of the Driven Machinery Regulations and the National code of Practice (NCOP). Materials handling often involves moving heavy loads and expensive products. The risk of equipment failure and/or damage to property and injury to staff is high.


Whilst the operation of an overhead crane may seem simple, many accidents have occurred due to overloading and incorrect rigging and slinging techniques. The operator needs to have a good knowledge of pre-use inspection techniques, operating procedures, load identification and lifting tackle selection and inspection. It is therefore important the potential operators receive certified training prior to operating the overhead crane. They should understand such concepts as load capacity, load centre, the effects of bad weather, safe working loads. In addition, the operator must be familiar with crane pendant controls and the meaning of warning alarms and signals. The overhead crane training course covers this, as well as emergency procedures in the event of an incident.


Training your operators not only ensures legal compliance with the OHS Act of 1993 and the Regulations, but also insures that your materials will be safely moved with minimum risk of injury and damage. Incorrect use of lifting machinery can have devastating effects, make sure your employees don’t learn by accident!


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