Safe Operation of Overhead Travelling Crane – LEEA Accredited (LO09)

Target Group

Those identified to use, or responsible for others who use an overhead travelling cranes and the associated lifting equipment and accessories to be able to perform a lifting operation. Delegates must be physically fit, have good eyesight, hearing ability and be able to judge distances.


The aim of this course is to train selected delegates in the safe operation and effective use of overhead travelling cranes in their workplace and to provide delegates with the knowledge of lifting and slinging to enable them to carry out their lifting operations in accordance with statutory requirements and without risk to health.


By the end of the course delegates will be able to: –

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the basic requirements of legislation, their legal obligations and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of force influences, sling configurations and safety precautions.
  • Estimate load weights.
  • Select appropriate lifting equipment for each lift.
  • Carry out pre-use inspection of lifting equipment.
  • Use appropriate hand signals.
  • Carry out successful lifting operations safely.
  • Operate the crane safely in accordance with manufacturer’s handbook and accepted codes of practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the controls of the particular model used during the training.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the proper use of lifting tackle.

Course Content


  • Definitions and Terminology – The responsible person. The competent person, working load limit, safe working load, factor of safety, mass and force units, test and examination, test and thorough examination etc.
  • The Law Consideration of the requirements of the law under the health and Safety at Work Act.
  • Force Influences – How to calculate the forces present in slings and other lifting equipment under given loading conditions. Consideration of the ‘uniform load’ and ‘trigonometric rating of slings.
  • Plan your lift. – Basic requirements as laid down in LOLER98.


  • Choosing the right sling for the job – Consideration of the different types of slings available, the advantages and disadvantages of each type. Pre-use Inspections.
  • How much does it weigh? – The most fundamental question in any slinging operation. Guidance on the estimation of loads of unknown weight.
  • Slinging accessories – Hooks, shortening clutches, rigging screws, wire rope grips etc. The correct choice and proper use.
  • Safe use of the overhead travelling crane – Pre-use checks, correct orientation, load movement and control.

Achievement Measurement

This two day course is carried out in accordance with the code of practice for the safe use of lifting equipment as published by LEEA, and includes practical lifting operation assessments leading to a LEEA accredited certificate on successful completion.


2 Days