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STANDARD HAND SIGNALS FOR CONTROLLING CRANE OPERATIONS

SWING: Arm extended, point with finger in direction of the swing of the boom.

SWING: Arm extended, point with finger in direction of the swing of the boom.

LOWER: Arm extended downward, forefinger pointing down, move hand in small horizontal circle.  

LOWER: Arm extended downward, forefinger pointing down, move hand in small horizontal circle.
 

TRAVEL: (both tracks) Use both fists in front of body, making a circular motion about each other, indicating direction of travel, forward or backward. (For Hand Cranes Only).

TRAVEL: (both tracks) Use both fists in front of body, making a circular motion about each other, indicating direction of travel, forward or backward. (For Hand Cranes Only).

TRAVEL: (one track) Lock the track on side indicated by raised fist. Travel opposite track in direction indicated by circular motion of other fist rotated vertically in front of body. (For Hand Cranes Only).

TRAVEL: (one track) Lock the track on side indicated by raised fist. Travel opposite track in direction indicated by circular motion of other fist rotated vertically in front of body. (For Hand Cranes Only).

RAISE BOOM AND LOWER LOAD: Arm extended, thumb pointing up, flex fingers in and out as long as load movement is desired.

RAISE BOOM AND LOWER LOAD: Arm extended, thumb pointing up, flex fingers in and out as long as load movement is desired.

STOP: Arm extended, palm down, move arm back and forth horizontally.

STOP: Arm extended, palm down, move arm back and forth horizontally.

USE MAIN HOIST: Tap fist on head, then use regular signals.  

USE MAIN HOIST: Tap fist on head, then use regular signals.

 

USE WHIPLINE: (auxiliary hoist) Tap elbow with one hand, then use regular signals.  

USE WHIPLINE: (auxiliary hoist) Tap elbow with one hand, then use regular signals.

 

RETRACT BOOM: (telescoping booms) Both fists in front of body with thumbs pointing toward each other.  

RETRACT BOOM: (telescoping booms) Both fists in front of body with thumbs pointing toward each other.

 

LOWER BOOM AND RAISE LOAD: Arm extended, thumb pointing down, flex fingers in and out as long as load  movement is desired.

LOWER BOOM AND RAISE LOAD: Arm extended, thumb pointing down, flex fingers in and out as long as load  movement is desired.

EMERGENCY STOP: Both arms extended, palms down, move both arms back and forth horizontally.

EMERGENCY STOP: Both arms extended, palms down, move both arms back and forth horizontally.

TRAVEL: Arm extended forward, hand open and slightly raised, making pushing motion in the direction of travel.

TRAVEL: Arm extended forward, hand open and slightly raised, making pushing motion in the direction of travel.

RAISE BOOM: Arm extended, fingers closed, thumb pointing upward.  

RAISE BOOM: Arm extended, fingers closed, thumb pointing upward.


 

EXTEND BOOM: (telescoping booms) Both fists in front of body with thumbs pointing outward.  

EXTEND BOOM: (telescoping booms) Both fists in front of body with thumbs pointing outward.


 

HOIST: Forearm vertical, forefinger pointing up, move hand in small horizontal circle.

HOIST: Forearm vertical, forefinger pointing up, move hand in small horizontal circle.

DOG EVERYTHING: Clasp hands in front of body.  

DOG EVERYTHING: Clasp hands in front of body.

 

LOWER BOOM: Arm extended, fingers closed, thumb pointing downward.  

LOWER BOOM: Arm extended, fingers closed, thumb pointing downward.

 

MOVE SLOWLY: Use one hand to give any motion signal and place other hand motionless in front of hand giving the motion signal (hoist slowly shown).  

MOVE SLOWLY: Use one hand to give any motion signal and place other hand motionless in front of hand giving the motion signal (hoist slowly shown).