Overhead traveling cranes and cranes are devices used to lift and move heavy loads. Due to their high power, lifting devices can be the most dangerous equipment on a job site.

Every year in Canada, hoisting accidents result in hundreds of injuries, dozens of deaths and millions of dollars in property damage.

Target Audience

All workers who operate cranes.


  • Identify and describe the three main types of industrial cranes
  • Identify two types of controllers
  • List the three things that must be verified before a lift
  • Define and describe rigging and slings
  • Describe basic safety inspections for overhead industrial cranes, their components, and rigging
  • Describe guidelines for personal protective equipment when working around cranes
  • List the three things that factor into load capacity
  • Describe how the sling angle can affect rigging
  • Describe safe procedures for lifting, moving, and setting down a load
  • Describe guidelines for operating a crane near people

Course Content

Module 1: Overhead Crane Basics

  • Types of industrial lifting devices
  • Slings
  • Controls
  • Inspection: work environment, safety, cables and chains, hooks, movements, alarm systems, limit switches
  • Problems related to cranes or rigging
  • Protective equipment

Module 2: Overhead Crane Operational Safety

  • Controls
  • Load capacity, rigging angle
  • Working near people
  • Team work
  • Lift, move and drop loads
  • Overload
  • Protective gear

Pedagogical Approach

Training based on high-quality, realistic 3D simulations allows learners to clearly visualize risk situations and applicable solutions. Many interactions are included throughout the course to ensure the learners’ participation and understanding.


Exam requiring a mark of 85% to pass


35 minutes

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