OSHA QUALIFIED SIGNAL PERSON
Why should you become a Qualified 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. (changed to bullet list)
Becoming a Qualified Signal Person makes you more marketable and often means a higher pay rate. As an employer, having a properly trained and Qualified 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 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
- And more
A typical training course is completed during an 8-hour work day. 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 training is completed USTC will provide each passing student with a Qualification Card, as proof of completed training (valid for 3 years). Training may be required more often per facility specific requirements. To pass the training, each student must obtain a 75% minimum score on the written exam and prove to be competent in the practical evaluation.
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 Qualified 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.