Excavator as Crane

This training course is designed for any personnel who are required to use or work with an Excavator as Crane. All our Plant Operations courses are fully accredited to NPORS or can be In-House certified. 

These course objectives have been developed on the premise that the suspended loads will be slung by a dedicated, qualified, competent and authorised slinger/signaller. Where on occasion the excavator operator may be required to sling the loads they are to transport they too must be qualified, competent and authorised slinger/signallers.

Course TitleExcavator as Crane
Course Duration2 Days
In House
Delegates4 Maximum

The Excavator as Crane course will enable the learner to answer questions on and perform the following:

  • Have basic understanding of the industry, the danger of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an operator.
  • Be able to conform to manufacturer’s requirements as per technical data, conform to relevant regulations and legislation.
  • Be able to locate, identify and explain Safe Working Loads, Lifting Capacity Chart and explain different lifting configurations and working ranges.
  • Identify and explain different lifting procedures, explain what task could fall into each category.
  • Identify and explain centres of gravity and calculate estimated weights of load.
  • Identify any overhead/proximity hazards
  • Be able to agree the signal codes/ hand signals, direction of movement, safe working and safe landing, placement zone with Slinger/Signaller
  • Ensure excavator is in a safe condition for attachments to be fitted
  • Checked load integrity and security by carrying out trial lift
  • Be able to lift and move a load to a designated position in a safe and controlled manner, ensuring minimum uncontrolled movement.
  • Environmental considerations
  • Carry out all out-of-service and securing procedures.
  • Have a basic understanding of the Industry, the dangers of working in the industry and their responsibilities as an Appointed Person
  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of: Crane/Lift Supervisor, Crane Operator, Slinger/Signaller, Crane Erector and Maintenance personnel.
  • Demonstrate and explain how to interpret and extract information on all relevant documentation including legislation, regulations, codes of practice that relate to all lifting operations and duties
  • Explain and identify the different requirements to be followed for the lifting of persons, a basic lift, standard lift, complex lift and additional requirements for lifting from height
  • Explain the notification process and the requirements for reporting procedures to authorities, Utility bodies and any other parties if affected by the lifting operation.
  • Identify different types of cranes, their capabilities ad limitations for lifting.
  •  Explain the maintenance, inspection, thorough examination and testing requirements for lifting equipment and all accessories.
  • Explain setting up, erection, levelling ad dismantling requirements for diverse types of lifting equipment and lifts.
  • Explain and demonstrate how to calculate point loadings and outrigger loadings, spreader mat types and sizes.
  • Explain the function and use of RCI, LMI and anti-collision systems and utilise the information provided.
  • Demonstrate and explain the selection of the correct cranes for specified lifts including all accessories, ensuring correct duties charts, range diagrams and specification sheets.
  • List and explain relevant information relating to different types of lifting accessories and explain their applications.
  • Explain and demonstrate different slinging techniques, calculating sling sizes and angles, balanced and unbalanced, centres of gravity and loose loads etc.
  • Identify weights and centres of gravity for various types of loads, and specify appropriate lifting accessories for various types of load.
  • Demonstrate and illustrate different types of communication methods for lifting purposes and state. 
  • Explain the importance of completing a reflective report on a lifting operation
  • Identify and demonstrate how to and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations identifying and proximity/underground hazards from supplied plans and drawings.
  • Identify and plan an area with exclusion zones for diverse lifting operations identifying safe access and egress before, during and after any lifting operation.
  • Explain and identify the requirements for site safe access and egress for different types of lifting equipment 
  • Demonstrate how to construct a safe system of work by producing risk assessments, method statements and lift plans with information supplied.
  • Prepare and explain lift plan information to all personnel involved in lifting operations
  • Specify and explain positioning of the crane and load, identifying limiting factors and immovable obstructions that must be considered.
  • Identify and explain how environmental factors outside the lift zone but within the surrounding area can effect planned lifting operations and the possible outcomes.
  • Health and safety legislation, as it applies to Plant Operators.
  • Theoretical knowledge of plant operations.
  • Operator’s responsibilities, with regards to daily/weekly checks of machine.
  • Familiarity with the equipment and use of Operator’s manual.
  • Safe and best practice in practical plant operating methods.
  • A rigorous practical and theory
  • Planning and Lifting Operation
  • Writing a Risk Assessment/Method Statement