This graphic provides an animation demonstrating the use of hand signals to be used during the operation of a crane.
Safety is the number one concern for crane operators. A person performing the crane hand signals stands at a vantage point which allows them to view the load area from a perspective that is not visible to the crane operator.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)standard method of signaling must be used when operating a crane unless non-standard crane hand signals are discussed during a pre-job meeting.
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