Overhead Crane Training

An overhead crane, commonly called a bridge crane is commonly found in industrial environments.

An overhead crane consists of parallel runways with a travelling bridge spanning the gap with a hoist.

The lifting component of the crane travels along the bridge. If the bridge is rigidly supported on two or more legs running on a fixed rail at ground level, the crane is called a gantry crane.

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The electric overhead travelling crane

This is most common type of overhead crane, found in most factories.

As obvious from name, these cranes are electrically operated by a control pendant, radio/IR remote pendant or from an operator cabin attached with the crane itself.

These cranes are used in most industries to lift steel, large paper rolls, train wheels and boogies etc.

Overhead crane training
Industrial Training Services offer overhead crane training courses for novices and semi-experienced candidates. Novice course duration is 3 days minimum. For semi-experienced candidates, the training duration varies dependent on previous experience.

Overhead crane training prepares the operator for both the theory and practical test. Candidates achieving the required standards will be awarded a certificate of basic training.

Course Delegates

Overhead crane training is suitable for candidates of all levels. Novice operatives will take a full course. Semi-experienced delegates will take a reduced duration course dependent on their experience level.

1-day refreshers courses are available for previously-certificated candidates.

Course Content

A typical overhead crane training course covers:

  • Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
  • (PUWER) Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • (LOLER) Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
  • Different types of overhead crane
    • Basic construction
    • Components
    • The purpose and use of all lifting accessories
  • How to comply with manufacturer instructions in accordance with capacity charts and lifting plans etc.
  • Checking lifting accessories are serviceable and safe for operation prior to use
  • Pre-use inspections
  • Understanding the limitations of the crane and lifting equipment
  • Understanding the risks from proximity hazards
  • How to lift carry and place loads safely
  • How to lift an even size shape loads (balanced)
  • How to lift an uneven size shape load (unbalanced)
  • How to lift a multi-item lift (bundled)
  • How to recognise and respond to given instructions
  • How to keep within safe working parameters of the overhead crane and lifting equipment
  • How to place the overhead crane in an out-of-service condition and secure the equipment
  • Limitations of use when using the lifting equipment and accessories

Overhead crane training provides the candidate with the skills and knowledge they require to successfully achieve the standards set in the overhead crane assessment.

Course Outcome

At the end of an overhead crane training course; the candidate should have a good understanding of:

  • The regulations that apply overhead crane operations and lifting accessories
  • Carrying out a full pre-start/shift check on the overhead crane and lifting accessories and recording their findings
  • Selecting the correct lifting accessories for a given lift
  • Checking the capacity of the crane and lifting accessories are being used to manufacturer instructions/lifting charts
  • Carrying out a risk assessment
  • Lifting an even size shape loads (balanced) safely
  • Lifting an uneven size shape load (unbalanced) safely
  • Lifting a multi-item (bundled) safely
  • Signals by hand and radio to the overhead crane operator
  • Safe working parameters when using the overhead crane
  • How to place the overhead crane in and out-of-service condition
  • The limitations and use of the overhead crane
  • Reporting any problems or defects with the overhead crane

At the end of the overhead crane training course, the candidate should be able to achieve the required standards expected of the theory and practical test.

If the candidate achieves the required standards he/she will be awarded a certificate of basic training.


Overhead crane training covers the following legislation:

Health and Safety At Work Act 1974
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations

Operators, supervisors and managers will have a good understanding of the regulations that apply to the safe operation and use of an overhead crane, accessories and signals used for which the overhead crane operator are trained. Additionally, operators will understand inspections and the need to keep a record of the checks carried out by the overhead crane operator and how to use lifting accessories to manufacturer instructions/recommendations.

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