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CRANE OPERATIONS: MANAGING THE HEAVY MACHINERY

WHAT LICENSE DO YOU NEED TO DRIVE A CRANE ON THE ROAD IN AUSTRALIA?

To drive a crane on the road in Australia, under the WHS legislation a driver must be licensed to operate a crane by obtaining a specialised crane license. A crane license is also required if it’s intended that earthmoving machinery and equipment are also going to be in operation, and if a mobile plant designed to hoist a load is going to be used. In addition to this, an application for a high-risk work licence from Work safe Australia is also required. This licence will allow a vehicle loading crane a ten-metre ton capacity to operate. However, with a mobile crane licence, a higher class of licence will also incorporate other classes including: a working heights accreditation, intermediate rigging accreditation and a dogging licence all through Work safe. A white card will also be required to enter any construction site or premises in Australia, which is available through a registered training organisation.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO YOU NEED FOR A CRANE OPERATOR?

To gain the necessary qualifications to become a crane operator, a trainee will need to undertake all the required procedures which involve obtaining a crane operator’s license either from a certificate three in crane operations or by gaining a nationally registered statement of attainment from a registered crane training organisation, or RTO. The skills and requirements which are necessary to become a qualified crane operator include a wide range of skill levels, as a worker will need to feel comfortable and confident working with heavy machinery and equipment, as well as possessing strong verbal and written communication skills, and have a good understanding of depth perception. It’s advantages to be highly detailed oriented for this profession.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF A CRANE OPERATOR?

There are several benefits and reasons for becoming qualified crane operator, some of which include: obtaining this license will be a highly profitable career choice as the skills which are required for this position are in high demand. A crane operator’s resume will certainly benefit from many different certifications, and a crane operator will have the opportunity to gain real world experience in addition to ensuring the workplace is safer for the operator themselves as well as all the other coworkers and employees. A crane operator is usually practically minded with an in depth understanding and knowledge of how to operate, drive and maintain heavy machinery, especially as they are responsible for lifting and moving all the heavy equipment, loads and materials around a construction site and premises as safely and efficiently as possible.

WHAT IS OVERHEAD CRANE TRAINING? 

Overhead crane training is training which will help employees to understand all the risks involved which are associated with overhead crane operation. As well as being able to identify any potential risks and dangers within the working environment, it also provides an explanation of how to correctly operate and use all the equipment for this purpose. The overhead crane training is designed to instruct the trainees how to lift and move all the heavy machinery, equipment and loads by using an overhead bridge or gantry crane in a variety of different situations safely and effectively. This course is aligned to a nationally recognised unit of competence in operating a gantry or overhead crane.

CONCLUSION 

A career in crane operation is a sector which is constantly growing, changing, and contributing to a variety of different construction-based projects. It is one of the most vital and important roles in all the construction industry. There is an exceptional level of expertise, skill, talent, intelligence and responsibility in crane operation which has a significant impact on all of the overall tasks which need to be accomplished and completed, particularly as a crane operator will have to assess all the potential risks and dangers in order to achieve and maintain all the safety aspects for the other workers, which gains a high level of value and respect within the workplace. Once qualified, there is a high demand of work available which ensures consistent and reliable job security working in an environment amongst other highly skilled professional coworkers.


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