Overhead Crane Operator
Overhead cranes are sometimes also called bridge cranes, and are most often found in an industrial environment, and they consist of parallel runways with a traveling bridge spanning the gap. They are used generally in the manufacturing or maintenance applications of cranes in industry, and are used most commonly in the steel industry, as until it is moved from the factory, steel is handled by an overhead crane. Raw materials are poured into furnaces, hot steel is stored for cooling, finished coils are lifted and loaded onto trucks and trains, and the fabricator or stamper even used an overhead crane while working in steel factories. Besides steel fabrication, the automobile industry also uses overhead cranes in order to move raw materials. Paper mills also use overhead cranes when dealing with the maintenance that requires removing heavy press roles and other equipment. They are also used in paper mills while initially constructing paper machines, because they can help to facilitate the instillation of the heavy cast iron paper drying drums and other massive equipment which can way upwards of 70 tons.
Overhead Crane Operator Responsibilities and Descriptions
Generally, training programs for overhead cranes allow people to learn how to not only operate their company’s in-house cranes properly, but also how they can train others to properly use the canes within the operation. Training programs for overhead crane operation vary, but they usually include tops including the applicable safety standards from OSHA as well as operation limitations, the risks of overloading the crane, how to properly inspect the crane both pre-operation and post-operation, equipment maintenance, rigging principles, and how to best minimize the risk of accidents. At CICB, the training courses dealing with overhead cranes also overlap to cover a few other applicable courses, including overhead bridge cranes, monorail and underhung cranes, jib cranes, rail mounted cranes, and rubber tire mounted ganty cranes. This is important as those who deal with overhead cranes will also often have to work with these as well.
The cross training, and all the training in general, is highly important. Using these overhead cranes is a dangerous job – you are up in the air and also working with many heavy or dangerous items, and understanding not only how the cranes work but also the safest ways to manipulate them is a must. Once you have received the proper training and understand the safety hazards regarding operating overhead cranes, you will be well on your way to a rewarding career.