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Overhead and Gantry Crane 29 CFR 1910.179

Serious injury or death can be the result of improper use, or use of cranes having defective or poorly maintained components. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that most of these types of accidents can be prevented if proper safety precautions at job sites are initiated. This poses a serious problem for exposed workers and their employer. The OSHA Crane safety standards establish uniform requirements to ensure that the hazards associated with the use of cranes in U.S. workplaces are evaluated, safety procedures implemented, and that the proper hazard information is transmitted to all affected workers.

The Outline:

The following course outline is designed to make new crane operators aware of hazards that affect the safe operation of the crane.

  1. Introduction to Floor Operated Overhead Cranes
    1. Work area inspection.
    2. Personnel experience.
  2. Overview of OSHA’s Overhead Crane Regulation
    1. Interpretation of 29 CFR 1910.179 from employee’s perspective.
    2. Employee’s responsibilities in regards to the standard. 
    3. Compliance with the standard.
  3. Component Parts of Floor Operated Overhead Cranes and Chain / Cable Sling Ratings
    1. Sling ratings.
    2. Review and discussion of controls.
  4. Safe Operating Procedures
    1. Safe techniques when operating.
    2. Safe Work practices
    3. Daily report of Inspection
  5. Visual Inspections of Component Parts and Operational Tests for Overhead Cranes
    1. Inspection procedures
    2. Checklist review
  6. Hands-on Proficiency Test