OCCC is offering qualified crane rigger and signal person training from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at the Professional Development Institute located at 7124 S I-35 Service Road, said PDI Account Executive John Claybon. The cost is $175, Claybon said.
“It’s a certificate program that’s designed to meet the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) standards for people involved with crane rigging and signaling,” he said.
“Anybody who’s going to be around cranes, working with cranes, who’s going to be involved in rigging up material to be handled via crane or some type aerial lift system — per OSHA guidelines — should have a program as such.”
OSHA is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Labor, Claybon said.
“They’re the ones who are tasked with inspecting job sites and working conditions to make sure they are safe,” he said. “When you’re on the job site, they’re looking for certified personnel, certified workers.
“Those workers have been exposed to what the regulations are: the standard communication signals, hand signals, basic knowledge of crane operations, how to inspect the equipment to make sure it’s operationally safe, and they understand the scope of rigging activity and rigging components.”
Claybon said the class certification is useful for several occupations.
“It could be a company erecting wind turbines,” he said. “They’re using cranes to install those towers.
“The construction companies that worked on the Devon Tower — if they used a crane, if they used any kind of rigging — they would fall under OSHA guidelines.”
For more information, visit www.occc.edu/news/2014/cranetraining.html.
To register for training, call Claybon at 405-682-7855.