Mobile Crane Operator Safety Training

Mobile Crane Training Courses: Certification & Safety

Mobile crane accidents cause downtime and have the potential to injure workers and bystanders.  Our Mobile Crane Training Courses are designed to minimize the risk of such accidents, the majority of which are caused by human error, by imparting the basics of mobile crane operation and safety. The better trained the operator, the less likelihood of an accident occurring.

We offer two courses specifically for mobile crane operators and their supervisors: one for students preparing for to gain their OSHA certification, and one for new and/or inexperienced operators who need to learn the basics of mobile crane safety.


Mobile Crane Certification

Since 2010, OSHA has required all individuals to complete a two-part certification process before they can legally operate a mobile crane; individuals must also be re-certified every five years. This course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to successfully complete this certification process, which consists of a written and a practical exam.

The written examination covers knowledge of equipment, regulations and safe operating procedure. The practical examination requires the applicant to demonstrate their ability to safely operate the equipment. Skills such as the proper use of load chart information and the ability to recognize items required in the shift inspection are included in this assessment.

Operators must be certified for the type and capacity of the crane he or she intends to operate. The precise definitions of these categories vary between testing organizations.

Training Topics

This course covers numerous subjects in order to make sure graduates have all the skills they need before sitting the exam. These subjects can be roughly sorted into four categories: site evaluation and crane setup, technical information, load charts, and crane operation. See below for a more comprehensive list of training topics under these headings.

Site Evaluation and Crane Setup

  • Roles and responsibilities of all persons involved with the lift
  • Factors that impact the lift, such as: tail swing, load paths, and clearances
  • Impact of various weather conditions
  • How to deal with unstable ground and setup on soft surfaces
  • Hazards such as overhead obstructions, power lines and underground hazards
  • Standards and guidelines regarding various risks and hazards
  • ASME standards and OSHA regulation
  • Requirements of crane setup such as: radii, clearances, crane dimensions, and load dimensions
  • Crane setup procedures such as: use of outriggers, lifting on rubber, and leveling the crane
  • Site requirements for blocking

Technical Information

  • Crane inspection procedures
  • Crane components, including: engine, air, electrical, and hydraulic systems; chassis and running gear components; outriggers and counterweights; boom components; hoisting systems; operating controls; operational aids
  • Basic load rigging procedure
  • Knowledge of sling and hardware capacity
  • Impact of deformities in slings and hardware

Load Charts

  • Using/interpreting capacity charts
  • Arithmetic skills without the use of calculators
  • Determining lifting capacity, including: configuration of crane mounting; areas of operation for different types of mobile crane; boom length and boom angle; load radius; gross capacity and net capacity; capacity deductions; parts of line
  • Conditions that reduce capacity, including: crane not to specification; crane condition; crane level; wind; side loading; increase in load radius; dynamic loading and shock loading; eccentric reeving; duty cycle operations

Crane Operation

  • How to enter and exit the cab of the crane in a safe manner
  • Procedures for setup and usage of operational aids
  • Hand signals or voice signals used to direct crane operator
  • Handling loads out of operator’s sight
  • How to handle loads submerged in water
  • How to move loads from an elevated position
  • Duty cycle considerations (i.e., steel erection, concrete bucket operations)
  • Traveling the crane
  • Heavy lift operations, procedures and types of heavy lift attachments
  • Attachments for luffing jibs
  • Hoisting procedures and personnel hoisting equipment
  • Procedures for securing the crane under standard and emergency conditions

Mobile Crane Safety Training

The Mobile Crane Safety Course is intended for new and/or inexperienced crane operators. Students will learn how to perform daily and monthly inspections, determine allowable wire rope load and crane working capacities, properly set up the crane for operations, select and inspect slings and rigging gear, and make proper crane movements with the load. This course covers crawler cranes, locomotive cranes, wheel-mounted cranes of both truck and self-propelled wheel type, and any variations of these which maintain the same fundamental characteristics. Cranes designed for railway and auto wreck clearances are not included.

Training Topics

Introduction to Mobile Cranes

Work Area Inspection

Overview of OSHA’s Mobile Crane Regulation

Interpretation of 29 CFR 1910.180

Employee’s Responsibilities in Regards to the Standard

Compliance with the Standard

Component Parts of Mobile Cranes And Chain/Cable Sling Ratings

Sling Ratings

Review and Discussion of Controls

Safe Operating Procedures

Safe Techniques When Operating

Safe Work Practices

Daily Report of Inspection

Visual Inspections of Component Parts and Operational Tests For Mobile Cranes

Inspection Procedure

Checklist Review

Hands-On Proficiency Test

Training books and picture ID cards will be provided for on-site classes.