A Signalperson is required, according to OSHA regulations, in the following situations:
As with riggers, holding a specific certification does not necessarily mean that a signalperson is qualified. However, below are some skills and knowledge that a person must have to be a qualified signalperson.
There are two ways that an employer can ensure a signalperson is qualified.
Documentation proving qualifications must be available at the work site in either paper or electronic form. Documentation must list each type of signal for which the worker is qualified, such as hand signals or radio signals.
Again, we must emphasize that the final version of the new OSHA regulations does NOT require riggers or signal persons to be certified. They must, however, be qualified. The best way to assure accuracy and consistency when determining a worker to be prepared is to use a third-party qualifying agency for training.
OSHA 29CFR 1926 Subpart CC states that a Signalperson needs to know and understand the type of signals used at the worksite; be competent in using these signals; understand the operations and limitations of the equipment, including the crane dynamics involved in swinging, raising, lowering and stopping loads and in boom deflection from hoisting loads, knows and understands the relevant signalperson qualification requirements specified in subpart CC 1926.1419, 1422 and 1428; and passes an oral or written test and a practical test. NCCCO’s program fulfills all of these requirements.
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