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10 Heavy Equipment Safety Training Programs

We’ve created a list of heavy equipment safety training programs to hone your knowledge and skills when operating large machines and vehicles. These courses will introduce the proper procedures for operating them, as well as tackle their risks and ways to prevent them.

Heavy Equipment Safety Training Programs
Last published: 13th May 2024
SC Training (formerly EdApp) Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Crane Safety

1. Crane Safety

Crane safety training is essential to prevent accidents and injuries, while also increasing productivity and efficiency. With the necessary knowledge and skills on how to operate such heavy equipment, the risk of accidents can be minimized by great lengths. 

The Crane Safety course by SC Training (formerly EdApp) will teach you how to identify, assess, and prevent crane hazards. This heavy equipment safety training program will also show you the correct processes of setting up, operating, and maneuvering cranes, as well as inspecting lifting gear. At the end of this course, you should be able to identify potential hazards with cranes and understand precisely the safety procedures to avoid them.

The content of this mini-training is designed in a microlearning format, making them easy to understand and complete. It only takes a couple to finish a lesson, so you can take them at the most convenient time for you. 

  • Cost: Free (up to 10 users)
  • Scope: Procedures before operating a crane, setting up a crane, operating a crane

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SC Training (formerly EdApp) Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program -  Safe Use of Machinery

2. Safe Use of Machinery

In SC Training (formerly EdApp)’s Safe Use of Machinery, you’ll learn the proper handling techniques and safety precautions that must be followed when operating different types of heavy construction equipment, such as drill presses and lathes. You’ll also discover the do’s and don'ts of drilling and cutting, and some tips and tricks to stay safe at all times.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA requires employee training on the safe use of heavy equipment and machinery for construction and manufacturing to prevent workplace hazards and risks of injury or fatality.

Thanks to SC Training (formerly EdApp), learning is made more convenient with mobile training. This means you can access this course anytime and anywhere on any device. 

  • Cost: Free (up to 10 users)
  • Scope: Safe use of machinery like drill press and lathe, do’s and don'ts of drilling and cutting, safety tips and tricks

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SC Training (formerly EdApp) Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Basic Rigging

3. Basic Rigging

Basic Rigging by SC Training (formerly EdApp) covers the basics of rigging that is widely used in construction. This heavy equipment safety training program defines what rigging is and emphasizes that rigging doesn’t cover the operation of the equipment itself. It also discusses how to properly communicate with crane operators using the correct hand signals.

While riggers need a certificate before doing any work, this basic rigging training course is perfect for learning the introduction and gaining background to this task. Alternatively, this course can also be used by other industries involving riggings, such as shipping and entertainment.

  • Cost: Free (up to 10 users)
  • Scope: Basic rigging safety, lifting equipment and accessories, hitch types and terminology, communicating with crane operators

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Online Safety Training Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Crane Hand Signaling

4. Crane Hand Signaling

Online Safety Training's Crane Hand Signaling course will help shape your expertise in crane hand signaling, which is crucial in ensuring safe site operations. This course goes over the fundamentals of using hand and voice signals to direct crane movement, alongside tips and techniques to avoid errors and confusion due to miscommunication.

Quizzes are reinforced throughout the training course, and passing them requires a score of at least 80%. The learning materials can be accessed on most devices with web-browsing capabilities. Printable resources are also available if needed.

  • Cost: 119.95 USD
  • Scope: Fundamental skills and knowledge needed for crane hand signaling, crane operations, crane hand signaling capabilities and limitations

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SC Training (formerly EdApp) Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Aerial Lifts

5. Aerial Lifts

Available in safety learning tool SC Training (formerly EdApp), the Aerial Lifts course teaches the different types of aerial lifts, the hazards that can occur with usage, and the preventative measures to avoid any serious accidents or fatalities. It discusses the three common aerial lifts, including boom lifts, scissor lifts, and personnel lifts. As using aerial lifts makes the job easier and more convenient, it emphasizes how to operate them safely and properly to make work more efficient.

To keep learners engaged, this course makes use of gamification examples, such as the Find-a-Word and Word Jumble games. When deployed to your teams, you can even add Achievements features, like banners and badges, for healthy competition and drive your employees to do well.

  • Cost: Free (up to 10 users)
  • Scope: Introduction to aerial lifts, types of aerial lifts, proper operation of aerial lifts

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Industrial Training International Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Aerial and Scissor Lift Safety

6. Overhead Crane Operator

With Industrial Training International’s Overhead Crane Operator you’ll discover ways to safely maneuver overhead cranes and lower or lift loads. Its lessons cover health and safety standards relating to the use of overhead cranes, the importance of pre-operational equipment inspection, and preventive maintenance procedures.

The knowledge you’ll gain from this crane training online course will help you avoid errors that can lead to injuries and fatalities. This course is delivered in the form of workbooks and handouts, which are accessible through mobile devices.

  • Cost: 95 USD
  • Scope: Overhead crane fundamentals and overview, crane terminology, pre-operational inspections, crane start-up and shut down, safety regulations, preventive maintenance

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SC Training (formerly EdApp) Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Machine Guarding

7. Machine Guarding

A machine guard is an invaluable protective device that protects workers from the massive energy generated and utilized by industrial machines. It also keeps them safe from minor abrasions and cuts to fatal injuries like fractures and lacerations, ensuring optimal safety while they are at work.

In this Machine Guarding course by SC Training (formerly EdApp), you will have a general understanding of their responsibilities as machine operators as well as the hazards of working with different types of heavy equipment like lathes, conveyor belts, and metal stamping machines. You’ll also learn the step-by-step machine guarding methods, inspection, and equipment maintenance practices to reduce risks of injury.

Upon course completion, you will be asked to complete a short assessment quiz to check how much you remember from their lessons. 

  • Cost: Free (up to 10 users)
  • Scope: Responsibilities as machine operators, hazards associated with different types of heavy equipment, machine guarding methods, inspection and maintenance

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J.J. Keller Training Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Forklift Training

8. Forklift Training

This Forklift Training course by J.J. Keller® Training aims to educate authorized personnel on the safe use of forklift equipment. It touches on the fundamentals of this equipment, pre-use and walk-around inspection requirements, operating procedures, and forklift maintenance, all of which meet OSHA compliance on forklift operator training requirements.

While originally made for new hires, this equipment safety training can also be used as refresher program in the event of an incident or near-miss, poor evaluation, or changes in the type of forklift used.

  • Cost: 100 USD
  • Scope: Equipment basics, equipment inspections, operating procedures, maintaining your forklift

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360Training Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Bulldozer Operator Safety Training

9. Bulldozer Operator Safety Training

360training designed their bulldozer training course to prepare new operators on how to properly and safely use this heavy equipment before they take this job. Here, you will learn the anatomy of a bulldozer and the different hazards associated with it. It also tackles safety practices for pushing and leveling construction materials like sand, soil, dirt, and debris, preventing bulldozer-related injuries.

This course is available online and can be completed at your own pace.

  • Cost: 79 USD
  • Scope: Anatomy of a bulldozer, safe procedures in operating a bulldozer, bulldozer hazards

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SC Training (formerly EdApp) Heavy Equipment Safety Training Program - Automation Safety

10. Automation Safety

In many manufacturing facilities, a lot of the assembly work is done with the help of automated robots. To provide you with the needed skills for the safe operation of these machines and avoid fatality, SC Training (formerly EdApp) created the Automation Safety course.

Some of the topics covered in this manufacturing training course include types of accidents, manufacturing hazards, and the differences between industrial robots and collaborative robots. It also includes extensive lessons on risk control and safeguarding methods such as barriers, emergency stop buttons, and the buddy system. 

  • Cost: Free (up to 10 users)
  • Scope: Types of manufacturing accidents, manufacturing hazards, industrial robots and collaborative robots, risk control, safeguarding methods

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Mitigate unwanted incidents with heavy equipment safety training programs

Heavy equipment is used in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and shipping to improve efficiency and accuracy in operations like lifting and moving large materials. Large machines and vehicles like cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, and many more are among the types of heavy equipment.

Operating these machines and vehicles or within their vicinity entails a huge responsibility for workers due to their hazardous nature. Without sufficient knowledge on how to operate them safely, it can lead to injuries or death.

Thankfully, with many available online heavy equipment safety training programs, you can now easily reinforce technical know-how and safety guidelines in operating and maneuvering heavy equipment.

And the best part? Your team can complete courses anytime, anywhere, on any device.

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