Pre Assessment

Photograph of agency employee for record

The training certification has been reviewed by the assessor prior to conducting test

The agency employee has been given a full induction prior to assessment with particular emphasis given to crane operations.

The agency employee has been informed that the use of mobile phones while operating a crane is strictly prohibited and such use will lead to the termination of their employment with NorSea Group

In the event that any of these pre-assessment activities is not complete the assessment must not proceed until all the pre-assessment activities have been confirmed completed by the assessor,.

Instructions for the Assessor

Conducting the Assessment

The assessment is designed to test crane operators in a number of areas:

1. Demonstrate awareness of safe working practices and legislative requirements for cranes
2. Demonstrate awareness of communication practices
3. Demonstrate ability to competently complete a series of crane operations
4. Demonstrate knowledge of rigging and derigging
5. Demonstrate knowledge of determining weight loads using fundamental maths calculations
6. Demonstrate awareness of the maintenance and servicing requirements

Safety Breach

The person under assessment is involved in an incident or near miss

The assessor feels unsafe due to the actions or information of the person under assessment.

Miscellaneous

Depending on the situation questions can be asked before during and after the performance of the tasks or even a combination of the above. However you should use discretion in the timing of asking and recording answers to the questions especially when the person under assessment requires concentration to complete the task at hand.

You can clarify a question to the person under assessment, but you must never provide assistance with the answer.

In order to be deemed competent the person under assessment must demonstrate both knowledge and good practice in all areas of the test.

Assessment

Underpinning Knowledge

On examination can the operator demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge on crane types and classification

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

On examination can the operator demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of crane terminology and concepts?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

On examination can the operator demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of hoisting terminology, functions and systems?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

Safety Awareness

On examination can the operator display an effective level of knowledge of the requirement of BS7121?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

Can the operator identify the key hazards involved in crane operation?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

Communication

On examination can the operator readily identify a series of hand signals?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

Rigging

On examination can the operator demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of hoisting terminology, functions and systems?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

On examination can the operator demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of rigging hardware, materials and tools?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

On examination can the operator demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of types and function of wire and chains?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

On examination can the operator demonstrate an appropriate level of knowledge of rigging techniques?

Detail the failures exhibited by the Operator

Pratical Assessment

Practical Assessment 1

Assessor is to propose a test lift scenario and the operator must subsequently be asked to setup the crane appropriately interpreting load charts and drawings

Did the operator accurately calculate the centre of gravity

Did the operator follow any special lift instructions?

Did the operator correctly calculate the SWL/WWL for wire rope and rigging?

Did the operator select the appropriate hardware and safety devices for the test scenario?

Assessor comments on practical assessment 1

Practical Assessment 2

Assessor is to ask crane operator to carry out pre operational inspection of the crane. Operator is to perform test to determine if crane repairs or maintenance needs to be performed prior to operation. Where general maintenance is required operator is expected to complete this and accurately document this in the crane log book.

Was the operators inspection process thorough, meeting both company and manufacturers requirements?

Were function tests on hoist system and any repairs or maintenance carried out correctly?

Were defects, deficiencies and maintenance correctly recorded in logbook?

Assessor comments on practical assessment 2

Practical Assessment 3

Assessor is to prepare a test scenario which requires the operator to setup and operate the crane while monitoring its operation. The load should be moved safely and efficiently to the correct location and post operation requirements should be demonstrated. A further load should be prepared which requires a blind lift to be performed.

Did the operator setup the crane appropriately?

Did the operator perform sufficient checks for overhead and underground hazards

Did the operator adequately account for load ground bearing pressure?

Did the operator effectively program and adjust devices?

Did the operator demonstrate a good level of control of the hook block by using different techniques to address different conditions (these conditions may need to be simulated)?

Did the operator demonstrate appropriate monitoring of the equipment and troubleshooting while operating the crane?

Did the operator demonstrate an ability to safely and efficiently move and properly place the load at the designated area?

Did the operator demonstrate an ability to effectively control the blind lift and to react to the instruction of banksman?

Did the operator perform post operational requirements competently?

Assessor comments on practical assessment 3

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.