NCCCO Launches Signalperson Certification

September 28, 2010

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators seeks to close the loop in safe crane operations with a certification program for signal-persons. The new program meets or exceeds all current and proposed standards and regulations that require qualification of personnel providing hand signals to crane operators. It is designed to ensure that crane operators receive accurate information about where loads need to be placed.

For the first time, signalpersons will be tested on their understanding of basic crane operations and limitations, in addition to their knowledge of hand signals and voice communications. Both written and practical tests are required.

The program follows the intent of the latest revision of the ASME B30.5 Mobile and Locomotive Crane and ASME B30.3 Construction Tower Crane standards, as well as the OSHA Proposed Rule (otherwise known as C-DAC) that will revise Subpart N of the Code of Federal Regulations for cranes.