Workers Health & Safety Centre

WHSC releases Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging and Refresher Versions 1.0

WHSC releases Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging and Refresher Versions 1.0
The WHSC has developed two new training programs for operators of cranes hoists and rigging equipment. 
The first is a six-hour Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging training program. It is developed to equip participants with knowledge and practical tools necessary to recognize and assess hazards associated with overhead cranes, hoists and rigging operations. The training will also provide participants with information they can use to help implement adequate control measures and safe work procedures in order to improve workplace health and safety.
The second is a four-hour training program entitled, Industrial Cranes, Hoists and Rigging—Refresher and designed for participants who need to update their knowledge after having participated in the six-hour training course.

Delivery techniques

Apart for the practicum, instructors delivering these training programs, will employ mostly active lectures with slides. Training is divided into three sessions. 
Session one addresses hazards associated with cranes, hoist and rigging along with applicable controls. The training begins with an active lecture discussing different types of industrial cranes and their components. The instructor leads participants in a discussion about categories of hazards associated with cranes, hoists and rigging, applicable controls and the hierarchy of controls. This is followed by brainstorming activities designed to demonstrate participants understanding of presented concepts.
Session two covers legislation and assessment. During this session participants will learn about applicable regulations and standards and how to apply the principles and calculations required to perform the safe lifting of loads.
Instructors will lead an active lecture and use slides to address:
  • Duties of workplace parties and the right to refuse unsafe work
  • Safe work load and related capacity
  • Factors that affect load capacity and how to calculate a safe work load
  • Basic steps necessary to determine sling type required for safe lift.
Session three addresses safe work procedures including a practicum. During the practicum participants will demonstrate:
  • Hand signals for directing an operator during a lift
  • Correct inspection of rigging and sling fixtures
  • Correct rigging procedures
  • Inspection procedures for hoists and cranes
  • Safe lift procedures.

Special Notes/Instruction

Note-1: As is required for all WHSC operator training programs, instructors delivering these training programs must have the experience, skills and knowledge of a competent cranes, hoists and rigging operator.
Note-2: Cranes, hoists and rigging are complex topics. Therefore, in preparing to deliver these training programs, instructors should review the training material thoroughly and become familiar with applicable sector regulations and standards.
Note-3: To make the practicum evaluation process more relevant, we recommend a pre-training interview with the client(s) to assess the following:
  • types of cranes, hoists and rigging equipment used in the workplace
  • types of potential cranes, hoists and rigging hazards
  • crane and hoists procedures used in the workplace and
  • sling and rigging procedures used in the workplace.
Note-4: Instructors should coordinate the interview with the help of their WHSC training service representative. Information from the interview will add elements of workplace specific information to the training. This will assist instructors in making the training more relevant to participants and allows for a more accurate evaluation.
Note-5: As well, participant evaluation should include procedures for types of equipment they will actually use in the workplace. It is important participants complete the program with skills that will allow them to work safely and in accordance with legal regulations, standards and established safe procedures.
Both training programs are available for booking now by contacting a WHSC training service representative.
A brief course description is available on the WHSC online Training Catalogue where you can also Request a Quote for onsite delivery of these courses.
Editor’s Note:
The WHSC is developing a soon-to-be-released mobile crane operator training program specific to the construction sector. This program will replace the previous construction sector Cranes, Hoists and Rigging training program.