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This Overhead Crane Training online course explains the different types of overhead cranes and lifting devices, safety inspections, safe operations and hazard avoidance. Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.

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Overhead Crane Training


  • Demonstrate different types of Overhead Cranes
  • Crane hazard awareness
  • Crane inspections and Inspection Checklists
  • Crane load tests
  • Crane structure and components
  • Emergency shut off and suspended controls
  • Electrical systems
  • Different warning labels
  • Safe crane operations
  • Rigging hardware and practices


Approximately 90 minutes


Testing conducted throughout this Overhead Crane Training online course is designed to reinforce the information presented. A mark of 80% must be achieved to receive a certificate of completion. Participants are able to repeat the course two additional times if the pass mark of 80% is not achieved.


Upon successful completion of this online course, a certificate of completion will be available to download and print.

General Safety Tips for Overhead Crane Training:

Before you move a load

  • Make sure that all loose parts, blocking and packing are removed from the load before any lifting begins.
  • Remove the slack from the sling and hoisting ropes before lifting any load.
  • Ensure the lifting device is seated in the saddle of the hook.
  • Confirm the load is not heavier that the maximum load capacity of the crane.

Moving loads safely

  • Crane controls should move smoothly with no abrupt or sudden movements of the load.
  • Only follow signals from the slinger in charge of the lift except a stop signal.
  • Confirm all people are away from the load before hoisting.
  • Always sound a bell, siren or other warning device and start to hoist slowly.
  • Make sure nothing catches on the load while raising or traveling.
  • Keep the load under control when lowering a load.

Before leaving the crane

  • Remove any load that may be hanging on crane hooks.
  • Raise any hooks to a mid height position.
  • Place the crane at its designated location.
  • Prior to closing down the main switch ensure all controllers are in the ‘off’ position.

What to avoid

  • Never operate a crane if the limit switches are out of order or if cables show defects.
  • Never lower the blocks below the point where less than two full wraps of cable remain on the drum.
  • Never attempt to lift loads beyond the rated load capacity of a crane.
  • Always centre the crane directly over the load before hoisting.
  • Never allow anyone to ride on a load or hooks.
  • Never leave slings hanging loosely from the load hook. Ensure sling hooks are placed on the sling ring when carrying slings to the load.
  • Never raise loads higher than required to clear objects.
  • Never carry a load over the top of workers.
  • Never reverse the motor until the crane is at a complete except to avoid an accident.
  • Never leave a suspended load unattended.

Click here for a general safety video for Overhead Cranes

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