Standard Hand Signals as outlined in 29 CFR Part 1926 Cranes and Derricks in Construction Final Rule – released in 2010.

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The Role of a Crane Hand Signal Person

As the eyes and the ears of a dedicated area or crane, a crane hand signal person carries many responsibilities.

Before a person can direct the operation of a crane they must first undergo formal training and complete a qualification in crane signaling.

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 the pre-job meeting.

Hand signal charts must be either posted on the equipment or conspicuously posted in the vicinity of the hoisting operations. [75 FR 48153, August 9, 2010]

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