What is a qualified signal person?

Operating a crane is an important job, and one that needs to be done correctly. Any mistakes can result in misplaced loads, or worse, serious accidents. Due to the fact that cranes often have to pick up and move objects to or from areas that aren’t easily in view, there is sometimes a need to have an additional person helping to provide them guidance. This person is known as a signal person, and their job is very important. Understanding what a qualified signal person is and when they are needed is very important.

What Does a Signal Person Do?

A signal person will be positioned near the load that the crane is going to pick up. They will act as the eyes of the crane operator, and signal to them what needs to be done. This will allow the crane to safely operate even when the operator’s visibility is obstructed. They will need to know the various types of signals used, and be able to use them competently, in order to effectively communicate with the operator.

When is a Qualified Signal Person Needed?

Anytime the crane operator does not have a clear view of the point of operation it is important to have a qualified signal person in place. This would also apply if the load is going to be traveling through any area where the operator won’t have visibility. Even in situations where the visibility of the operator is not obstructed at any point, they may still request a qualified signal person to help avoid obstacles or other situations.

How to Become a Qualified Signal Person

In order to be considered a qualified signal person, the individual in question must either be evaluated by a third party evaluator or the employer must have an evaluator that can do this task. They will test the individual to ensure they know the necessary signals and are able to communicate them clearly.


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