This course is intended and provided to be a benefit to organizations in addressing the considerations involved in the safe operation of stiff boom trucks that have a lifting capacity 5 tons or greater; articulating boom trucks that have a lifting capacity 5 tons or greater that are NOT equipped with a winch or are OVER 8 tons if not equipped with a winch; or are wellhead boom trucks and mobile cranes with a lifting capacity 5 tons or GREATER.
The course material is not intended as a complete presentation of all safety problems and solutions related to mobile cranes, hoists & lifting devices. Thus, other additional safety measures may be required under particular circumstances. To ensure compliance please reference the occupational health and safety legislation in the jurisdiction of which the work or workplace operates under.
A “boom truck” is a motorized/mobile vehicle equipped with a hydraulically driven structure or device that is mounted on a turret that is secured to a truck and is supported to provide stability. The boom that is telescoping or articulating, and can swing or hoist or raise and lower its load operating as a "crane". A “crane” means equipment that is designed to lift loads, lower loads, and move loads horizontally when they are lifted.
There a distinct types of boom trucks and mechanized types of cranes and winches as part of motorized/mobile equipment. This course provides information for stiff boom trucks and mobile cranes that have a lifting capacity less than 15 tons, articulating boom trucks that have a lifting capacity equipped with a winch that have a lifting capacity less than 15 tons, wellhead boom trucks and mobile cranes that have a lifting capacity less than 15 tons.
All crane owners or lessees have the following legal responsibilities related to their cranes:
Operator Competency - Crane owners must ensure that all of their operators are suitably trained, adequately qualified and sufficiently experienced to safely operate their crane. As evidence of qualification, operators of boom trucks having a lifting capacity of more than 5 tons, must have a credential recognized by Alberta Advanced Education and Technology, Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
Apprenticeship and Industry Training - Operators of this equipment may be members of a compulsory trade recognized in Alberta. Crane owners must ensure that operators are able to assert their authority and comply with the legislation. Operators are required by law to refuse to lift any load that exceeds the crane's rated capacity. Any worker who does not meet the requirements set by the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board is prohibited from operating the lifting device.
The graduate of the Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator—Boom Truck program is certified to:
On the Job Training
An apprentice must acquire not less than 1200 hours of on the job training following the successfully completion of the technical training that is required or approved by the Board.
A demonstration of competency in the application of process and accessing information, including, where relevant:
A demonstration of competency in the operation of the device, including, where relevant:
Learners in other countries should consult the applicable national or provincial occupational health and safety codes.