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Washington Crane Apprentice Trainee

 

Trainees must be provided sufficient training prior to operating the crane to enable the trainee to operate the crane safely under limitations outlined in the rule

Trainee must be continuously supervised by a qualified operator

The qualified operator is not allowed to perform any tasks that would detract from their ability to supervise the trainee

The qualified operator must be in direct line of site of the trainee, except for tower cranes and then they must be in direct communications with each other

Trainees must be provided sufficient training prior to operating the crane to enable the trainee to operate the crane safely under limitations outlined in the rule

Trainee must be continuously supervised by a qualified operator

The qualified operator is not allowed to perform any tasks that would detract from their ability to supervise the trainee

(a) The employee ("trainee/apprentice") must be provided with sufficient training prior to operating the crane to enable the trainee to operate the crane safely under limitations established by this section (including continuous supervision) and any additional limitations established by the employer.

(b) The tasks performed by the trainee/apprentice while operating the crane must be within the trainee's ability, as determined by the supervising qualified crane operator.

(c) Qualified crane operator. While operating the equipment, the trainee/apprentice must be continuously supervised by a qualified crane operator who meets the following requirements:

(i) The qualified crane operator is an employee or agent of the trainee's/apprentice's employer.

(ii) The qualified crane operator under this section is familiar with the proper use of the equipment's controls.

(iii) While supervising the trainee/apprentice, the qualified crane operator performs no tasks that detract from the qualified crane operator's ability to supervise the trainee/apprentice.

(iv) For cranes other than tower cranes: The qualified crane operator and the trainee/apprentice must be in direct line of sight of each other. In addition, they must communicate verbally or by hand signal.

(v) For tower cranes: The qualified crane operator and the trainee/apprentice must be in direct communication with each other.

(d) The trainee/apprentice must not operate the crane in any of the following circumstances:

(i) If any part of the crane, load line or load (including rigging and lifting accessories), if operated up to the crane's maximum working radius in the work zone, could get within twenty feet of a power line that is up to three hundred fifty kV, or within fifty feet of a power line that is over three hundred fifty kV;

(ii) If the crane is used to hoist personnel;

(iii) In a multiple-crane lift situation; or

(iv) Multiple-lift rigging, as defined in WAC 296-155-52902 , can only be accomplished by the trainee/apprentice when the qualified crane operator determines that the trainee's/apprentice's skills are sufficient for this high-skill work.

(v) Critical lifts, as defined in WAC 296-155-52902 , can only be accomplished by the trainee/apprentice when the qualified crane operator determines that the trainee's/apprentice's skills are sufficient for this high-skill work.