Benefit from our training in ERGON Centre for Staff Improvementin order to feel more secure on the labour market. Participation in an ERGON course will enable you to gain qualifications and prepare you for the state examination before a commission appointed by the Office of Technical Inspection. Crane training courses are carried out under the Technical Supervision Act of 21 December 2000. They are conducted in accordance with the Regulation of the Minister of Economy of 18 July 2001. The ERGON course is conducted in the scope of: 

  • Building cranes (operation of goods and passenger building cranes and goods lifts), 
  • the right to operate internal-controlled and hospital cranes (internal-controlled and hospital cranes without cabin load control). 

The training course ensures that participants are prepared to operate building lifts safely. Our instructors are qualified and place particular emphasis on practical skills. We have been sharing our knowledge and experience for many years. Thanks to us, you can become qualified to operate building lifts as well as goods and passenger lifts with internal control and hospital lifts.   

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Purpose of the training 

The aim of the training we offer is for participants to pass the state examination and to gain qualifications as operators of construction cranes, goods and passenger lifts and hoists. The course is intended for people employed in companies carrying out vertical transport with goods and passenger lifts. Crane driver candidates will learn about: 

  • detailed construction of the crane, 
  • operating principles, 
  • crane duties, 
  • causes and effects of accidents, 
  • technical supervision regulations, 
  • maintenance methods for freight lifts, 
  • health and safety regulations. 

From the date of successfully passing the examination, work in this position can be carried out for 10 years. It is possible to extend the entitlement, but the application for extension of the certificate must be submitted as early as three months before the deadline.   

Benefits of having a crane operator qualification 

Freight lifts are an integral part of any construction site, and a skilled worker is needed to operate them. This person is in charge of controlling the lift, and his or her duties include observing the maximum possible load of the device (lifting capacity), checking the technical condition, and transporting loads in the right way. Those with qualifications gain many more employment opportunities in the construction industry. 

Use and qualification of building, goods and lifts 

Due to their simple and robust design, they are used in many industries. Freight cranes are used to transport loads between floors in production halls and warehouses, and are also used on construction sites to move building materials. Due to their performance characteristics and stringent technical design restrictions due to safety concerns, they are covered by the provisions of not only the Machinery Directive, but also the Lift Directive.   

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Types of lifting machinery 

Lifts can be classified according to the drive used, the purpose and the type of building in which they can be installed. Taking into account what will be transported, a distinction is made between passenger lifts, passenger-freight lifts and freight lifts. Lifts used in residential and public buildings reserved for the transportation of people are passenger lifts. We can divide goods lifts into small lifts and those in which persons are not allowed access to the cabin. Passenger/freight lifts are larger and are often used in industry for the transit of massive loads, even allowing the entry of an entire forklift truck with the goods. Their machine room is usually located on the ground floor next to the shaft. Freight elevators are a type of crane that we may notice when passing by a construction site - they resemble a ladder in design, and are built with a platform sliding along a mast. 

Obligations of the operator 

The employee operating the crane must ensure that the machine is in good working order and that it is properly maintained. Before starting work, the operator should ensure that the machine has a permit from the UDT, as well as all the required maintenance checks confirmed by the maintenance man's signature. Other responsibilities of the operator include: 

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  • working in accordance with the instructions, 
  • technical check, 
  • proper installation and maintenance, 
  • taking care of personal protective equipment, 
  • designation of danger zone, 
  • watching over the load on the crane platform, 
  • stable load distribution, 
  • ensuring sufficient lighting when working after sunset, 
  • securing the device against access by third parties. 

The construction process requires the transport of loads and workers at height within a limited range. These activities are made possible by the use of handling equipment. This type of machinery can be dangerous and is therefore subject to inspections and approvals by UDT inspectors. All materials handling equipment, including construction cranes, must have a maintenance log in which information on all repair and maintenance work carried out is recorded.     

Close-coupled handling equipmentForm of technical supervision - periodicAd hoc testPeriodic examinationMaintenance interval
Building site craneslimited-every two yearsevery 30 days
Construction cranes for goods and personsfullyearly-every 30 days

Lifting machinery fitted with electrical equipment must undergo resistance measurements at least once every two years.   

Why train with ERGON? 

The course we offer provides theoretical and practical preparation for a job as a close-range crane operator. During training, we focus on the comprehensive qualification of our trainees. Completion of our training will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to independently and safely operate a construction crane, freight crane, personnel crane and hoist. Should you have any questions about our offer, please do not hesitate to give us a call. 

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