Overhead Crane Training Basics

4.6 7 Reviews SKU: C-432Duration: 12 Minutes

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Course Details


Training Time: 12 minutes

Compatibility: Desktop, Tablet, Phone

Based on:

  • OSHA 29 CFR 1910.179: Overhead and Gantry Cranes
  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI) best practices
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) best practices

Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Russian, Swedish, Czech

This course covers the basic components and functions of floor-operated overhead cranes used in industrial facilities. It also covers the inspections of cranes and rigging components that many facilities require to be performed before a crane can be operated. Our overhead crane training video is based on relevant standards for overhead crane safety from OSHA, ANSI, and ASME, as well as recognized general industry best practices.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and describe the three main types of industrial cranes
  • Identify two types of controllers
  • List the three things that must be verified before a lift
  • Define and describe rigging and slings
  • Describe basic safety inspections for overhead industrial cranes, their components, and rigging
  • Describe guidelines for personal protective equipment when working around cranes

Customer Reviews


Good training tool

“Very intuitive.”

Ray L. Verified Customer


Very General Information

“Overall the course was pretty dry and didn't have much excitement. The material was okay and I learned a thing or two.”

Brett C. Verified Customer


Review of Overhead Crane Courses

“I took all (3): Overhead Crane Overview, Operational Safety, and Rigging. What I look for, as the Safety Specialist for my facility, is training material that is relevant to our facility, presentation technique will maintain the users interest in the subject, the material hits all safety points with regards to the subject. All (3) of these courses were excellent in those regards, and I made the recommendation to our Corporate Safety Manager that they be used for future training.”

Drayton S. Verified Customer


Recommend This Training

“Covers all the elements and then some for overhead crane safety.”

Eddie Verified Customer


Good Value

“This course is a refreshing update to the many overhead crane videos out there. There are great visuals and clear instruction and information. I would have preferred more distinct short sections, but the material is completely adaptable and applicable to our training needs. Thank you for your good work in developing this video series.”

Wally Verified Customer


Very Good Training Tool

“This video is an excellent, easy to understand basic training tool. Having been working with overhead cranes for over 22 years I would recommend this to any one. Graphics are fun to watch, does not bore you like the videos of the 60's and 70's.”

Travis J. Verified Customer


Easy to Follow Instructions

“This video combines practical, easy to follow instructions while introducing OSHA standards without overwhelming the novice. This course is the foundation of our overhead crane, hoist and sling training program.”

LeeAnn W. Verified Customer

Key Questions

The following key questions are answered in this module:

What are the three primary types of cranes?
The three primary cranes used in industrial settings are: bridge cranes, gantry cranes, and jib cranes.

What does "rigging" mean, and what is the most common way to do so?
The term "rigging" refers to any equipment used to attach a load to the crane's hook. Slings are the most common type of rigging; they support a load by wrapping around it or by connecting to it.

What three things must be verified before a lift is attempted?
The three things that must be verified are that the crane and rigging must have been inspected, the crane and rigging must have enough capacity to lift the load, and the load and rigging must be stable.

What kind of hoist lines are used for various crane types?
The hoists on different cranes use different hoisting lines. Wire rope is used on larger cranes. Smaller cranes can use link chain, leaf chain, or roller chain.

What are rules should be followed, in regards to personal protective equipment, when working around industrial cranes?
When working with industrial cranes one should: wear gloves to protect your hands, wear steel-toed shoes, avoid loose clothing and jewelry, and wear a hard hat. Your workplace might have other rules about required protective equipment, such as eye protection or hearing protection.

Sample Video Transcript

Below is a transcript of the video sample provided for this module:

Cranes are used in factories, warehouses, and shipyards to provide lifting and movement of heavy objects within the area covered by the cranes' area of operation. Three primary types of cranes are used in industrial settings: bridge cranes, gantry cranes, and jib cranes. Bridge cranes are mounted on parallel rails attached to elevated wall structures. The bridge is a beam that runs between the two rails. A trolley with a hoist mechanism travels back and forth on the bridge. Gantry cranes have a bridge supported by two legs that move along floor mounted rails or on wheels. As with the bridge crane, a trolley runs back and forth on the bridge. Jib cranes have a jib or a boom that is mounted to a wall or a mast. The jib crane swings in an arc around its pivot, and the trolley runs from end to end on the jib.

Additional Resources

Use the additional resources and links below to learn more about this topic:

  • U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) – www.osha.gov
  • OSHA Safety and Health Topics - https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/cranehoistsafety/index.html
  • OSHA Alliance - https://www.osha.gov/dcsp/alliances/cmaa_hmi_mma/cmaa_hmi_mma.html
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