• Crane, Derricks & Construction OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400

  • In 29 CFR 1926.1419 through 1926.1428. Other requirements related to signal persons can be found at 29 CFR 1926.1404, 1926.1430, 1926.1431, and 1926.1441. These provisions are effective November 8, 2010.

    When is a signal person required?
    A signal person is required when:
    • The point of operation is not in full view of the operator (1926.1419(a)).
    • The operator’s view is obstructed in the direction the equipment is traveling.
    • Either the operator or the person handling the load determines that a signal person is needed because of site-specific safety concerns.

    What does a signal person need to know?
    The signal person is considered qualified if he or she:
    • Knows and understands the type of signals used at the worksite.
    • Is competent in using these signals.
    • Understands the operations and limitations of the equipment, including the crane dynamics involved in swinging, raising, lowering and stopping loads and in boom deflection from hoisting loads.
    • Knows and understands the relevant signal person qualification requirements specified in subpart CC (1926.1419-1926.1422; 1926.1428).
    • Passes an oral or written test and a practical test.