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QUALIFICATIONS FOR AND CONDUCT OF OPERATORS AND OPERATING PRACTICES

REFERENCE ASME B30.5a AND OSHA 1910.180 FOR COMPLETE QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

OPERATORS

  • 1.

    Crane operation shall be limited to personnel with the following minimum qualifications:

    • A.

      Designated persons.

    • B.

      Trainees under the direct supervision of a designated person.

    • C.

      Maintenance and test personnel (when it is necessary in the performance of their duties).

    • D.

      Inspectors (crane).

  • 2.

    No one other than the personnel specified above shall enter the operating area of a crane with the exception of persons such as oilers, supervisors, and those specified persons authorized by supervisors whose duties require them to do so and then only in the performance of their duties and with the knowledge of the operator or other persons.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR OPERATORS

  • 1.

    Operators shall be required by the employer to pass a practical operating examination. Qualifications shall be limited to the specific type of equipment for which examined.

  • 2.

    Operators and operator trainees shall meet the following physical qualifications:

    • A.

      Vision of at least 20/30 Snellen in one eye and 20/50 in the other, with or without corrective lenses.

    • B.

      Ability to distinguish colors, regardless of position, if color differentiation is required for operation.

    • C.

      Adequate hearing with or without hearing aid for the specific operation.

  • 3.

    Evidence of physical defects or emotional instability, which render a hazard to operator or others, which in the opinion of the examiner could interfere with the operator’s performance, may be sufficient cause for disqualification. In such cases, specialized clinical or medical judgment and tests may be required.

  • 4.

    Evidence that operator is subject to seizures or loss of physical control shall be sufficient reason for disqualification. Specialized medical

tests may be required to determine these conditions.

  • 5.

    Operators and operator trainees should have normal depth perception, coordination, and no tendencies to dizziness or similar undesirable characteristics.

  • 6.

    In addition to the above listed requirements, the operator shall:

    • A.

      Demonstrate the ability to comprehend and interpret all labels, operator’s manuals, safety codes, and other information pertinent to correct crane operations.

    • B.

      Posses the knowledge of emergency procedures and implement it.

    • C.

      Demonstrate to the employer the ability to operate the specific type of equipment.

    • D.

      Be familiar with the applicable safety regulations.

    • E.

      Understand the operating procedures as outlined by the manufacturer.

    • F.

      Be thoroughly familiar with the crane and its control functions.

    • G.

      Understand the operating procedures as outlined by the manufacturer.

CONDUCT OF OPERATORS

  • 1.

    The operator shall not engage in any practice, which will divert his attention while actually operating the crane.

  • 2.

    Each operator shall be responsible for those operations under the operator's direct control. Whenever there is any doubt as to safety, the operator shall consult with the supervisor before handling the loads.

  • 3.

    The operator should not leave a suspended load unattended unless specific precautions have been instituted and are in place.

  • 4.

    If there is a warning sign on the switch or engine starting controls, the operator shall not close the switch or start the engine until the warning sign has been removed by the appointed person.

  • 5.

    Before closing the switch or starting the engine, the operator shall see that all controls are in the "OFF"

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