Overhead Crane

Every year there are many accidents involving overhead gantry cranes, these injuries, some fatal, create suffering for those involved. They also involve a heavy cost on the employer’s business. Even an incident not involving an injury may result in costly damage to buildings, fittings and goods. Accidents are frequently associated with lack of suitable and sufficient operator training. Such training is an essential first step in reducing damage and injury. PUWER 1998 (9) requires all people who use such equipment, to receive adequate training for its safe use.

Pre -Qualifications

The minimum qualifications for an employee selected to operate a crane are as follows:

  • Have corrected vision that meets the same requirements as vision for a valid driver’s license
  • Have effective use of all 4 limbs
  • Be of sufficient height to operate the controls and to have an unobstructed view over the controls into the work area
  • Have coordination between eyes, hands, and feet
  • Be free of known convulsive disorders and episodes of unconsciousness
  • The employee must also have the ability to understand signs, labels, and instructions


  • Section 2 .General Duties of Employers
  • Section 7 & 8 General Duties of Employees
  • Powers of Inspectorate
  • The Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment
  • LOLER Regs. 1998 ( Overview )
  • The provision and use of Work Equipment
  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 :
  • Regulations 1998 .PUWER ( Overview )
  • Types of Slings
  • Safe Use of Slings
  • Basic Visual Inspection
  • Movement and Handling of Loads


Successful completion of the course will lead to the issue of an accredited ITSSAR certificate.

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