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GGS Launches Online Training Curriculum for Crane Operators

On May 1, 2009, a comprehensive online mobile crane, boom truck, and signal person preparatory training program will be available online or in a CD-based format from York, Pa.-based GGS Technical Publication Services.

GGS Technical Publication Services, a technical information provider to OEMs, recognized a need for a modern preparatory training program designed for today’s crane operators. Now, in response to that need, GGS has launched a series of comprehensive training programs for mobile crane and boom truck operators, as well as signal persons, to be followed later in the year with courses for tower crane and aerial work platform (AWP) operators, as well as riggers.

Online training from GGS helps solve issues of downtime and production loss by allowing companies to have training on-demand with complete flexibility to schedule training within their production timetables. The comprehensive GGS online training program also gives students the ability to learn at an individual pace, while allowing them to spend more time on topics they may need additional focus on. Time constraints are not a factor as learning can also be accomplished during off-work hours or over the weekend. Automated quizzes are taken after each module, and a comprehensive final exam completes each course. The results are provided to the individual immediately after completing the test.

The mobile crane training program, found at, is a comprehensive course that lays an educational foundation literally from the ‘ground up’. Twenty-two modules comprise the course and begin with topics such as equipment setup, supporting surfaces, and site evaluation. Other topics included highlight crane stability, electrical hazards, rigging, developing lift plans, inspections, hand signals, factors that reduce capacity, crane dynamics, and more.

The course also focuses extensively on the proper use and interpretation of load chart factors and how to perform calculations to determine safe lifting capacity. The boom truck training course incorporates safe operating procedures and safety regulations specific to boom truck operation. Topics include stability, proper use of outriggers, electrical hazards, load chart calculations, and inspections. Special emphasis is placed on hazards and safety precautions.

The signal person training course focuses on performing proper hand signals for both mobile crane and tower crane operations, understanding voice commands, crane operation and rigging fundamentals, and evaluating and understanding the impact of environmental hazards on crane operations.

For more information and to view an online demo of the new GGS courses, visit



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