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Common Hand Signals for Crane Operation

Clear communication between the crane operator and floor person is critical for safety. This quick reference guide shows you the nine most common hand signals for overhead cranes.


  • Keep your employees safe

  • Valuable training tool

  • Minimize accidents

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Signaling for Safety

Whenever an overhead crane is controlled from a cab, the crane operator should rely on a floor person to direct the movement of loads. Both the operator and the floor person should learn and use industry-standard hand signals to ensure clear communication.

Ensure Clear Communication Between Crane Operator & Floor Person

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Hand Signals Reference for Cranes