NCCCO was formed in January 1995 as a non-profit organization with it’s mission to develop effective performance standards for safe crane operation to assist all segments of general industry and construction. By providing a thorough, independent assessment of knowledge and skills, NCCCO aims to enhance lifting equipment safety, reduce workplace risk, improve performance records, stimulate training, and give due recognition to the professionals who work in, with and around cranes
According to OSHA, a qualified rigger is defined as:
- Person holds a degree, certificate or professional standing OR
- Person has extensive knowledge, training and experience AND
- Person can successfully demonstrate their ability
- A person need not be qualified to handle every type of job. Instead, they must, according to OSHA, “have the ability to properly rig the load for a particular job.” Because each job is different, the qualified rigger need only be qualified for the job on which he or she is working; and that is where our training comes in.
A Signalperson is required, according to OSHA regulations, in the following situations:
- The operator does not have a full view of the point of operation
- The operator’s view is obstructed in the direction that the equipment is moving
- The operator or the person handling the load feels that a signalperson is needed
- Anytime there are site-specific safety concerns
- As is the case with riggers, holding a certain certification does not necessarily mean that a signalperson is qualified. Below are some of the skills and knowledge that a person must have in order to be a qualified signalperson.
- Understands the signals used at a specific work site
- Displays a competent use of these signals
- Understands crane dynamics including those involving swinging, raising, lowering, stopping loads and boom deflection
- Must pass an oral or written test as well as a practical test
- There are two ways that an employer can ensure a signalperson is qualified.
- Third Party Qualified Evaluator
- Employer’s Qualified Evaluator
Documentation proving qualifications must be available at the work site in either paper or electronic form. Documentation must list each specific type of signaling for which the worker is qualified such as hand signals or radio signals.
The Metro Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety, Inc (MICCS) is dedicated to the elimination of construction and facilities maintenance jobsite injuries and illnesses with the ultimate objective of returning construction and maintenance workers home to their families, friends, and communities free from harm.
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