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    Question Crane Signals??

    We are replacing a 15 ton rooftop unit, called the crane co to schedule, was told there is a OSHA law stating that there must be a "certified" crane signal person on site??
    This is new to me, anyone else know about this?

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    Don't know about certified but, I have been directing cranes for many years. The signals are not difficult to learn and you really only need to know a few.
    Here's a link for the basic signals.
    http://www.maxboom.com/Members_Only/handsignals.html
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    Never heard of that one. Do you do business with the company or is this the first time. Christ I've hired 200 tonners, closed down streets, and never been asked for that.

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    Thanks for the link!
    I know the signals (I was a Journeyman Ironworker) but the crane co said they wont come out, if no one is certified on job site to signal crane.
    Maybe this is a future rule?

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    Quote Originally Posted by flange View Post
    Never heard of that one. Do you do business with the company or is this the first time. Christ I've hired 200 tonners, closed down streets, and never been asked for that.
    We have used them for the last 20 years or so, thats why I was so surprised.
    I may have to get more info next week, just got bits & pieces today.

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    I give a walkie talkie to the operator. works like a charm

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    just had a crane last week, wasnt asked for "crane signal certification papers"
    good luck and please keep us posted

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    never had that b-4, our crane guy can almost set it without us I used to operate, so I know all the signals, so do the rest of our guys. None certified, but all certifiable
    You can't fix stupid

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    Quote Originally Posted by glock36 View Post
    I know the signals (I was a Journeyman Ironworker) but the crane co said they wont come out, if no one is certified on job site to signal crane.
    Tell them you won't bother them again.
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    Never heard that one before.

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    I'd think if it was that important to them, they'd have their own signal guy there.

    I'm amazed how many guys in this trade don't know the signals though, most crane guys are happy to see that I know them.
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    Just used a crane last week to put a 30 horse, and a 20 horse refer unit
    on a roof. I gave the crane operator a hand held radio, he did say he
    needed a person to steady the rope on the load, but that was all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amickracing View Post
    I'd think if it was that important to them, they'd have their own signal guy there.
    I was thinking they may want to pad up the bill by charging for one....

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