Operate a Gantry or Overhead Crane

RIIHAN305D – Operate a gantry or overhead crane


RIIHAN305D- Operate a Gantry or Overhead Crane is a comprehensive training program designed to equip participants with the essential skills and knowledge required to safely and efficiently operate gantry and overhead cranes. This course is tailored for individuals seeking to work in various industries where the operation of heavy machinery is essential, such as manufacturing, construction, logistics, and warehousing.

Throughout this course, participants will engage in a blend of theoretical learning and hands-on practical exercises, facilitated by experienced trainers in a controlled environment. The course content covers a wide range of topics aimed at developing the competency and confidence needed to operate gantry and overhead cranes effectively while ensuring adherence to industry regulations and safety standards.

Course Objectives: By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Locate and apply relevant industry documentation, policies, and procedures.
  • Plan and prepare for gantry or overhead crane operation.
  • Conduct thorough crane inspections and address faults.
  • Interpret and apply technical information accurately.
  • Use appropriate tools and equipment effectively.
  • Work efficiently with team members during crane operations.
  • Utilize various communication techniques and equipment.
  • Maintain accurate written and verbal reports.
  • Safely perform pre-start, start-up, park-up, and shutdown procedures.
  • Operate crane controls with precision and control.
  • Execute crane operations multiple times, meeting required outcomes.
  • Inspect and maintain crane operational integrity.
  • Perform operational servicing and lubrication.
  • Calculate load volumes and weights accurately.
  • Dispose of environmentally sensitive materials properly.

The work required in this unit relates to the National Standard for High Risk Work but this unit does not provide the High Risk Work licence.

A Bridge and Gantry Crane HRW Licence is required to Operate a Gantry or Overhead Crane that is:

  • controlled from a permanent cabin or control station on the crane, or
  • remotely controlled with more than three powered operations, for example:
    • a single hoist with four powered operations e.g. traversing, traveling, hoisting, and rotating, and;
    • multiple hoists with four or more powered operations e.g. two non-synchronised hoists would typically have at least five powered operations—traversing by two, hoisting by two and traveling.

For more information visit: Information Sheet: High risk work licensing for bridge and grantry cranes (safeworkaustralia.gov.au)


What is a Bridge Crane?

A bridge crane:

-consists of a bridge beam or beams that are mounted to end carriages at each end;

-is capable of travelling along elevated runways, and;

-has one or more hoisting mechanisms arranged to traverse across the bridge.

What is a Gantry Crane?

A gantry Crane consists of a bridge beam or beams supported at one or both ends by legs mounted to end carriages.

- is capable of travelling on supporting surfaces or deck levels, whether fixed or not, and- has a crab with one or more hoisting units arranged to travel across the bridge.

When can you operate a Bridge or Gantry crane without a HRW Licence?

A Bridge and Gantry HRW Licence is not required:

- to remotely operate a bridge or gantry crane that only has a maximum of three powered operations, for example traverse, travel and hoist, and- if the work is carried out solely for the purpose of the manufacture, testing, trialling, installation, commissioning, maintenance, servicing, repair, alteration, demolition or disposal of the crane. In these situations the bridge or gantry crane must be operated or used without a load except when standard weight loads with predetermined fixing points are used for calibration of the crane.

What is a powered operation?

Typical independent powered operations of bridge and gantry cranes include:

a) traversing - the movement of the crab from one end of the bridge to the other;

b) travelling - the movement of the crane along its runway;

c) hoisting - raising and lowering are considered to be one powered operation, and;

d) rotating - powered rotation of the hook or attachment by the movement of the crane support structure.

If rotation is provided at the hook by the hook or a rotator attachment on the hook, then it is not considered a powered operation. Hook or attachment operations, for example opening and closing a grab or remote hook latch or switching a magnet or vacuum on or off, are also not considered a powered operation

Are doggers required when using a bridge or gantry crane?

A Dogging HRW Licence or one of the three rigging HRW licences is required by:

a) any person other than a licensed bridge or gantry crane operator, who exercises judgement in the estimation of a load or selection of the slinging method and lifting equipment when slinging a load on any bridge or gantry crane, or

b) any person who directs any bridge or gantry crane operator in the movement of the load where the load is out of view of the crane operator.


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