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Crane Training: Does it Differ for Different Crane Types?

Modern technology and engineering are phenomenal things. They allow us to achieve large-scale projects that continue to impress and grow beyond your wildest imagination - a key piece of equipment we have to thank for this? Cranes.

A man standing in front on a crane

Cranes are wondrous inventions that allow for a range of essential projects to be carried out, whether large or small. As much as they can achieve, this is only possible when they are being operated by trained personnel who know what they’re doing.

Read on to learn more about crane training, including how this may differ for different types of cranes.

Why is Crane Training Important?

Due to the serious and dangerous nature of work that involves industrial lifting equipment, it’s imperative that such equipment is operated by only trained personnel who know exactly what they’re doing.

This is to avoid potentially serious or even fatal accidents from occuring, as well as ensuring operators know the best way to react in emergency situations should there be a malfunction with the equipment. Not only do cranes weigh an incredible amount, so, too, do the objects they carry, so it’s essential that these are moved with control and precision.

It’s also law that only trained individuals with the necessary certifications operate cranes for this reason.

What Training is Required?

So, what training do you actually need to be able to operate a crane? Well, that’s dependent on the crane; there are many different types of cranes, so they naturally each have their own training requirements.

Of course, there will be some general similarities (such as understanding controls, procedures and safety operations), although there will also be differences that address the variations in how they’re each designed to operate - hence why separate training for each crane is required.

Three of the different types of cranes that you can expect separate training for include:

  • Mobile cranes: These cranes are those that you might see being driven around, thus driver training is naturally an included requirement.

  • Tower cranes: These are most commonly found at construction sites and tend to be incredibly tall, thus it’s important to learn how to gauge perceptions from such height as well as gauge the effect of shock loading on their structural strength and stability.

  • Overhead gantry cranes: These typically run on overhead tracks and can be operated either from a specialised cab or using remote controls, thus training would incorporate how to operate such a crane using each of these methods.

Overhead Crane Training

Are you looking to upskill your workforce by training more employees on how to operate your overhead gantry trains? We can help here at Crane and Lifting Services - your trusted crane company.

We offer an overhead gantry crane training course, allowing your employees to become proficient overhead crane operators and receive their licence to do so - ensuring that you remain compliant with the necessary lifting regulations.

Get in touch with us today to discuss the course in more detail and how we can help your employees.

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