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Overhead Travelling Crane

Competent Operator


The training complies with Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 1996 Part XIII Hoist, Cranes and Lifting Devices Section 204-1 (a) and Table 16. WTTI provides 40 hours of classroom and practical training. Successful participants receive an official WTTI Overhead Traveling Crane Competent Operator certificate.

Course Outline

Occupational Health and Safety Regulations 1996 related to cranes.

  1. Duties of Employers and Operators.
  2. Protection of workers.
  3. Approved Standards for cranes.
  4. Operation of cranes.
  5. Maintenance of cranes.
  6. Signalling.

Types of Cranes

  1. Terminology.
  2. Types of cranes.
  3. Specific design of crane to be operated.
  4. Basic geometry of cranes.

Site Evaluation

  1. Check route of travel, clearances, and ground conditions.
  2. Check site of operation.
  3. Identify potentially dangerous situations.

Crane Controls

  1. Identify and use controls.
  2. Pre-start check.
  3. Start-up.
  4. Shut-down.
  5. Post-operating check.
  6. Perform operating adjustments.

Operation of Crane

  1. Movement to location.
  2. Set-up.
  3. Change configurations.
  4. Check for safety of other personnel.
  5. Safety precautions while crane Is unattended.

Load Estimation

  1. Load gauge on crane.
  2. Calculation of load.
  3. Incorporate weight of attachments.

Establish Capability of Crane

  1. Implications of moments.
  2. Use load charts to determine capability.
  3. Effect of configuration changes.
  4. Centre of gravity.
  5. Abnormal loading.
  6. Multi-crane lifts.

Basic Rigging

  1. Inspection of wire rope and hardware.
  2. Reeving.
  3. Rigging loads.
  4. Rigging slings.
  5. Safety factors.


  1. Designated signaller.
  2. Methods of signalling.
  3. Hand signals.

Maintenance of Crane

  1. Maintenance Schedule.
  2. Inspection Procedures.
  3. Wire Rope Inspection and Maintenance.

Log Books

  1. Record Inspections, Maintenance, Calibrations, Work Activities.
  2. Hours of Service.


  1. Theory exams and individual practical evaluations conducted and signed off by Interprovincial Journeyman instructor.