Boilermakers attend new train-the-trainer course

Participating in an OSHA signal training class are, l. to r., L-60 apprentice coordinator Darren Lindee, IUOE trainer Glenn Minyard, L-107 apprentice coordinator Rick Wilson, L-1 apprentice instructors Duane Shue and Bob Stewart, and IUOE training coordinator Martin Turek.

Class meets new OSHA requirements for crane signaling

APPRENTICE COORDINATORS and instructors from three Boilermaker lodges attended a Sept. 29 train-the-trainer course on qualification requirements for signal persons in OSHA’s new Subpart CC – cranes and derricks in construction.

Apprentice coordinators Darren Lindee of Local 60 (Peoria, Ill.) and Rick Wilson of Local 107 (Milwaukee), along with apprentice instructors Duane Shue and Bob Stewart of Local 1 (Chicago), attended the class offered by the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE).

The new OSHA rule, which replaces the standard that was established in 1971, went into effect Nov. 8. A signal person is now required on a job site when the point of operation is not in full view of the crane or derrick operator. A signal person is also required when equipment is traveling and the operator’s view in the direction of travel is obstructed.

Recognizing the importance of crane signaling, the IUOE worked with the Chicagoland Construction Safety Council to develop the signal person safety training program.

MOST, the Boilermakers’ Mobilization, Optimization, Stabilization, and Training program, offers a supplementary rigging program with a training module dedicated to cranes. This module satisfies the basic signal training requirements of the new OSHA standard. For more information on this or other MOST programs, visit their Web site at or call 1-913-281-5036.