In accordance with OSHA Regulation (29 CFR1926.1419 and 1926.1428) employers are required to use a qualified signal person when:
- the point of operation is not in full view of the operator.
- The operator’s view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling,
- or either the operator or the person handling the load determines that a signal person is needed because of site-specific safety concerns.
Having a properly trained and Qualified Signal Person on the job site is critical not only to protect the load, but also to protect those working around it.
Why is proper training critical for operators and those working around cranes?
“From 2011 to 2017, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 297 total crane-related deaths, an average of 42 per year over this 7-year period. About three-fifths of these cases (91 of 154) involved the worker being struck by a falling object or equipment; in 79 of these cases, the worker was struck by an object falling from or put in motion by a crane. Transportation incidents and falls to a lower level each made up 13 or 14 percent of the remaining fatal injuries involving cranes.”
-United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
Course Length: 4 Hours