Crane Rigger Signalperson – Hand Signals

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Crane Rigger Signalperson – Hand Signals

Crane Rigger Signalperson – Hand Signals
It is frustrating during crane operations when it becomes apparent that someone involved is unfamiliar with standard hand signals. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
• A standard hand signal chart is required to be posted in the area where crane operations are being conducted.
• Hand signals are normally used to “zero-in” the operator when the load gets near the landing spot. Usually the operator can get the load pretty close without the assistance of a signal giver and should be allowed to do so.
• Only one rigger should be designated as the signal giver.
• The signal person should station himself so that the operator can keep his focus on the load at all times.
• The operator shall obey an emergency stop signal given by anyone on the site.
• If the operator is unsure of a hand signal he should not proceed.
• It may be necessary to use a second signal person to relay signals when the operator will lose sight of the load.
• Keep signal giving simple. For example: The signal for telescoping out is made by pointing both thumbs away from each other. This same signal can also be used to communicate to the operator to move the load out. There are three ways for telescopic knuckle cranes to do this: telescope the boom; boom down; or knuckle out. The operator should be allowed the option of determining the best method for doing this.

By | 2016-11-08T21:58:08+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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