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Increase safety and improve profitability with our Alberta overhead crane operator training.

Investing in crane operator training is one of the leading cost-effective methods to increase safety for your operators, workers and equipment. Proper crane usage reduces the possibility of accidents and unnecessary wear and tear on your overhead cranes, hoists and other lifting equipment.

Did you know the majority of overhead crane accidents are caused by human error?

Crane operator training can help you avoid accidents, injuries to personnel and damage caused by improper crane usage.

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Kristian Electric offers crane operator courses across Alberta.

  • Calgary training facility or at your location

  • Edmonton training facility or at your location

  • Training at your location (providing a crane is available) serving regions such as Airdrie, Brooks, Camrose, Cold Lake, Fort McMurray, Fort Saskatchewan, Grande Prairie, Lacombe, Leduc, Lethbridge, Lloydminister, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Spruce Grove, St. Albert, Wetaskiwin, and more.

Don't see your location on this list? Contact us to see if we have any upcoming courses in your area.

Who needs overhead crane safety training?

We recommend all employees who will be operating a crane or and any supervisors working in a shop environment where cranes and rigging systems are in regular use should complete overhead crane safety training.

Comprehensive crane safety training will provide your employees with knowledge of crane safety and safe lifting practices that will serve to reduce the potential of accidents, injuries, and/or fatalities that may occur with improper crane operation.

Overhead cranes, hoists and rigging systems are used as a quick and efficient method for moving heavy materials in many manufacturing, maintenance and industrial work environments. As with any piece of heavy equipment or machinery, proper training provides participants with the knowledge needed to recognize potential hazards and understand how to safely mitigate these risks.

Industries such as:

Construction

Manufacturing

Maintenance

Oil & Gas

Logistics

Transportation

Warehousing

Material Handling

Energy & Electricity

Automotive

Fabrication

Agriculture

Logging & Forestry

Who is responsible for crane training in Alberta?

Employers in Alberta whose businesses utilize overhead cranes, hoists, and rigging systems are required to ensure that their workers are competent and authorized to operate the lifting equipment as per Alberta OHS.

- Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Code, Part 6, AR 87/2009.

"... Operator requirements

64(1)  An employer must ensure that a lifting device is only operated by a competent worker authorized by the employer to operate the equipment.

64(2)  At the employer's request, an operator, before operating a lifting device, must be able to demonstrate that the worker is competent in the equipment's operation and knowledgeable about load charts and the code of signals for hoisting operation.

64(3)   No worker other than the competent worker authorized by the employer may operate a lifting device..."

Overhead Crane Training Instructor Profile

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Carey Fowler is an accomplished Red Seal Millwright who brings decades of oilfield crane and rigging experience to his overhead crane training courses.

Carey coordinates and facilitates all aspects of Kristian Electric's crane training program. Since joining the Kristian team in 2015, he has worked tirelessly to revamp and update our course offerings to make safe crane operation accessible to all.

Additional Course Information

All Kristian Electric overhead crane training courses are offered in-person to allow for both classroom instruction and practical training and assessment.

We do not provide online-only courses. We firmly believe that online crane operator training is NOT sufficient to properly train crane operators.

CRANE OPERATOR CERTIFICATION

Upon successful completion of the written and practical evaluations, students will receive a wallet-sized "Certificate of Training" that is valid for three (3) years from the date of training.

CURRENT COURSE OFFERINGS

#KEL-CT101 OVERHEAD CRANE OPERATOR COURSE

Suitable for: All overhead bridge crane operators, trainees, supervisors and safety personnel. (Maximum 8 students)

Course Content: This course is structured in accordance with the Alberta OHS Safety Bulletin IS009, "Guidelines for Safety Training of Overhead Crane Operators and Supervisors."

Topics include:

  1. Applicable Alberta legislation and regulations concerning the operation and maintenance of overhead cranes, hoists and rigging devices. Including Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code and CSA B167-96/16.

  2. Overview of Manufacturer's Specifications

  3. Identification of different types of overhead cranes, hoists and their components

  4. Conducting Pre-use Inspections

  5. Creating a Lift Plan

  6. Completing a Hazard Assessment

  7. Load Evaluation & Load Weight Calculation

  8. Identifying the Danger Zone

  9. Identifying Pinch Points & Crush Points

  10. Rigging Selection and Inspection of Slings and other Rigging Devices

  11. Attaching the Load to the Crane

  12. Identifying the Centre of Gravity

  13. Signaling

  14. Tagline Use

  15. Proper Operation of Crane

  16. Proper Positioning of Your Load

  17. Removal and Proper Storage of Rigging Devices

  18. Shut Down Procedure

Training Schedule:

Day 1 - 8 hours of classroom training, written theory exam

Day 2 - 1 hour individual hands-on practical training and evaluation of each student, practical exam

Certification Details:

Upon successful completion of the Overhead Crane Operator Course, a certificate of training will be issued which is valid for three (3) years from the course date.

Certificates will only be issued to students who successfully complete both the written and practical exams with an average of 75% minimum.

Training Location Options:

  1. Onsite at Customer's Facility (Weekday or Weekend Booking available)

  2. Classroom Training at Kristian Electric Calgary or Kristian Electric Edmonton​​
    Practical Evaluations to be completed at customer's facility

Please contact us for pricing and booking details.

#KEL-HT101  HOIST OPERATOR COURSE

Suitable for: Operators of monorail hoists, jib hoists, Gorbel workstation crane systems, etc. (Maximum 8 students)

Course Content: 

 

Topics include:

  1. Applicable Alberta legislation and regulations concerning the operation and maintenance of overhead cranes, hoists and rigging devices. Including Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Code and CSA B167-96/16.

  2. Overview of Manufacturer's Specifications

  3. Identification of different types of hoists and their components

  4. Conducting Pre-use Inspections

  5. Creating a Lift Plan

  6. Completing a Hazard Assessment

  7. Load Evaluation & Load Weight Calculation

  8. Identifying the Danger Zone

  9. Identifying Pinch Points & Crush Points

  10. Rigging Selection and Inspection of Slings and other Rigging Devices

  11. Attaching the Load to the Hoist

  12. Identifying the Centre of Gravity

  13. Moving Your Load Safely

  14. Proper Positioning of Your Load

  15. Removal and Proper Storage of Rigging Devices

  16. Shut Down Procedure

Training Schedule:

4-6 Hours - (dependent on experience level) Classroom training, written theory exam

2-4 Hours - Individual hands-on practical training and evaluation of each student

Certification Details:

Upon successful completion of the Hoist Operator Course, a certificate of training will be issued which is valid for three (3) years from the course date.

Certificates will only be issued to students who successfully complete both the written and practical exams with an average of 75% minimum.

Training Location Options:

  1. Onsite at Customer's Facility (Weekday or Weekend Booking available)

  2. Classroom Training at Kristian Electric Calgary or Kristian Electric Edmonton​​
    Practical Evaluations to be completed at customer's facility

Please contact us for pricing and booking details.

What our Customers Say

"Carey is a very well-experienced crane trainer. He conducts his classes in a friendly matter. The participants interact with Carey and carry out extensive practice with the crane. Very good course!

- Julio F, SKF Magnetic Bearings, Calgary

Contact Kristian Crane Training