A61 Appointed Person – Lifting Operations

Course Aims

This course is suitable for supervisors and managers with responsibility for lifting operations.

This course will give you an understanding of the appointed person’s responsibilities and how to fulfil them.

It will also provide you with the ability to interpret and apply sections 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the BS 7121 Safe Use of Cranes guidelines.

If you already hold the CPCS Code A40 Slinger/Signaller, on completion of this course you will also achieve the CPCS Code A62 Crane Supervisor qualification.

On successful completion of the CPCS Technical tests you will receive the CPCS Red Trained Operator Card

Entry requirement

  • You should have sufficient experience of cranes to meet the requirements specified in British Standard 7121 Safe Use of Cranes.
  • You must have passed a CITB Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test for managerial and professional persons no more than two years before the course or CPCS Test.
  • You must also have a good understanding of spoken and written English. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area.

Teaching and Assessment

  • 3 Days Training – Classroom-based  and Practical Training
  • 1 Day – CPCS Testing

Course Content

  • Explain the duties and responsibilities of: an Appointed Person, a Crane Supervisor, a Crane Operator, a Slinger Signaller, a Crane Erector and maintenance personnel
  • State basic requirements of legislation, regulations, and codes of practice that relate to all types of lifting duties
  • Identify the requirements for basic, standard and complex lifts
  • State requirements to be followed when planning the lifting of persons
  • Explain additional requirements for loads to be lifted from height
  • Describe notification, liaising and reporting procedures to statutory, authority, and utility bodies when affected by the lifting operation, i.e. works, railways, highways, airfields, etc.
  • Identify different types of cranes, and explain their lifting capabilities and limitations for given lifting operations
  • Explain maintenance, inspections, thorough examination and testing requirements for lifting equipment and accessories
  • Describe setting up, erection, levelling and dismantling requirements for different types of lifting equipment and lifts
  • Calculate lifting equipment point loadings/outrigger loadings, spreader mat types and sizes from given information
  • Explain the function and use off, and use information provided by RCIs and anti-collision systems
  • Select the correct crane for specific specified lifts and utilise accessories inc: swing-aways, stingers, powered boom extensions etc. extra ballast plus duties charts, range diagrams and specification sheets
  • List different types of lifting accessories and explain typical applications
    Identify and explain relevant information relating to different types of lifting accessories i.e. markings, certificates and thorough examination reports, etc.
  • Calculate sling sizes and angles
  • Explain slinging techniques for given loads including balanced, unbalanced and loose
  • Specify appropriate lifting accessories for given types of loads
  • Identify weights and centres of gravity for different types of loads
  • Describe and demonstrate different types of communication methods for lifting purposes
  • State the need to complete a reflective report following a typical lifting operation
  • Identify potential proximity and underground hazards from given plans and drawings
  • Identify and plan an area, with exclusion zones for different, given lifting operations incorporating safe access/egress routes for before, during and after the lift
  • State requirements that allow safe site access and egress for typical lifting equipment
  • Construct a safe system of work by constructing risk assessments, method statements and lift plans using given information
  • Prepare and explain pre-prepared lift plan information to others involved in a lifting operation i.e. crane supervisor, crane operator, slinger signaller etc.
  • Specify positioning of a crane, load and other limiting factors in relation to fixed objects
  • Evaluate and explain how environmental factors and the surrounding area, external to the lift zone, can affect the planned lifting operation

Outcome

On successful completion of the Theory & Practical tests the candidate is awarded the Red Trained Operators Card which is valid for two years.

Next Steps

Register and complete the NVQ level 5 for the Blue Competent Operators Card which is valid for five years.