Lift Directors play a pivotal role in safe lifting operations and must have a thorough understanding of the intricate details and personnel roles involved in all lifting operations.
The OSHA Crane Rule, Subpart CC, as well as the ANSI/ASME standards that govern crane operations are the core of the Crane College Qualifications.
The lift must be directed by a person who meets the criteria for both a competent person and a qualified person, or by a competent person who is assisted by one or more qualified persons. The Lift Director must review the plan in a meeting with all workers who will be involved with the pick. ASME B30.5 defines a Lift Director as a person who “directly oversees the work being performed by a crane and the associated rigging crew”. This can range from ensuring ground conditions are adequate, managing communications among the lift team members, to coordinating complex multi-crane lifts. Lift Directors are also responsible for stopping crane operations if alerted to unsafe conditions. In addition to the B30.5 directive, a new standard has also been developed, ASME P30.1-2014 Planning for Load Handling Activities (Lift Planning).
The Crane College Lift Director Qualification is designed to be a powerful third-party assessment tool for an employer in determining that the person designated to direct lifting operations has been evaluated as to their knowledge and ability to perform the tasks competently.