Why should you become a Certified Signal Person?

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.

Why go through becoming Certified vs. Qualified?  Although OSHA Regulations only require “qualification” at this point, some jurisdictions and employers require a signal person to be certified.  By becoming a National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) Certified Signal Person you demonstrate the ability to pass a written and practical exam developed by a nationally recognized and internationally certified program.  Many employers, federal and state agencies, labor unions, industry organizations, and insurance firms have come to recognize or require NCCCO certification.

Becoming a Certified Signal Person makes you more marketable and often means a higher pay rate.  As an employer, having a properly trained and Certified Signal Person makes your job site safer for everyone working around moving loads.

What does USTC offer?

USTC can provide OSHA compliant training at your facility in preparation for NCCCO Certified Signalperson testing. In accordance with OSHA Regulations 29 CFR1926.1419 and 1926.28. USTC will provide both classroom and practical training on the following topics:

  • Hand signals – proper use and how to apply them correctly
  • Voice signals – how to give voice commands verbally and the use of radios
  • Crane configurations – types of cranes and their operating characteristics
  • Crane operation – the basics of crane operation in relation to setup and two blocking, boom, hoisting, and swing functions, operational characteristics, and dynamic loading and how it effects load capacity
  • Power lines – safety concerns and regulations when working near high voltage power lines

A typical training course is completed 1 to 3 working days. USTC will work with you to address any site-specific training needs to ensure employees have the best job specific training possible.  Actual training schedule dependent on the number of students and the extent of site-specific training.  Once course work is completed students will take a written and practical exam through the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO).

Eligibility Requirements for NCCCO Certified Signal Person Certification include the following:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Meet Medical Requirements
  • Comply with NCCCO’s Substance Abuse Policy
  • Pass Written Examinations
  • Pass Practical Examination
  • Comply with NCCCO code of ethics

Why is proper training critical for operators and those working around cranes?

 “From 2011 to 2015, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 220 total crane-related deaths, an average of 44 per year over this 5-year period. Just over half of all fatal crane injuries involved the worker being struck by an object or equipment. More than three-fifths of these cases (69 of 112) involved the worker being struck by a falling object or equipment; in 60 of these cases, the worker was struck by an object falling from a crane. Transportation incidents and falls to a lower level each made up 14 percent of the remaining fatal injuries involving cranes.”

-United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics

Having a properly trained and Certified Signal Person on the job site is critical not only to protect the load, but also to protect those working around it.  Don’t become one of the statistics, work with USTC to obtain proper safety training for yourself and/or your employees.


Contact USTC today to schedule your Certified Signal Person Training!