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Crane and hoist operation

High Risk Work

Crane and hoist operation has been classed as High Risk Work since 1 September 2010. To undertake this work you need a Licence to Perform High Risk Work.

To get a new qualification in crane and/or hoist operation you must undertake appropriate training and be assessed as competent by an Assessor who is accredited with SafeWork SA (PDF 45kb). For further details see the web page 'Getting a new licence or adding a class'.

For further information on the hierarchy of crane classes, refer to the hierarchy of cranes licences (PDF 86kb).

There are 16 classes of crane and hoist operation:

1 Tower crane (Class CT) - covers the operation of a jib or boom crane mounted on a tower structure, demountable or permanent, including both horizontal and luffing jib types.
2 Self-erecting tower crane (Class CS) - covers the operation of a crane where the tower structure and boom/jib elements are not disassembled into component sections, which can be transported between sites as a complete unit, and where the erection and dismantling processes are an inherent part of the crane's function.
3 Derrick crane (Class CD) - covers the operation of a slewing strut-boom crane with its boom pivoted at the base of a mast which is either guyed (guy-derrick) or held by backstays (stiff-legged derrick) and which is capable of luffing under load.
4 Portal boom crane (Class CP) - covers the operation of a boom crane or jib crane mounted on a portal frame, which is supported on runways along which the crane travels.
5 Bridge and gantry crane (Class CB) - covers the operation of bridge and gantry cranes controlled from a permanent cabin or control station on the crane and those which are remote controlled having more than three powered operations (hoist, raise and lower equals one operation), including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.
6 Vehicle loading crane (Class CV) - covers the operation of a crane with a capacity of 10 metre tonnes or more, mounted on a vehicle to move a load onto or from the vehicle, including the application of load estimation and slinging techniques to move a load.
7 Non-slewing mobile crane (Class CN) - covers the operation of a mobile crane of greater than 3 tonnes capacity that incorporates a boom or jib which includes articulated type mobile cranes and locomotive cranes, but does not include vehicle tow trucks.
8 Slewing mobile crane (Class C2) - with a capacity up to 20 tonnes
9 Slewing mobile crane (Class C6) - with a capacity up to 60 tonnes
10 Slewing mobile crane (Class C1) - with a capacity up to 100 tonnes
11 Slewing mobile crane (Class C0) - with a capacity over 100 tonnes
12 Materials hoist (Class HM) - covers the operation of a builder's hoist by which only goods or materials and not personnel may be hoisted and where the car, bucket or platform is cantilevered from, and travels up and down externally to, a face of the support structure.
13 Personnel and materials hoist (Class HP) - covers the operation of a builder's hoist in which personnel, goods and/or materials may be hoisted, and which comprises a car, structure, machinery or other equipment associated with the hoist, and which may be either a cantilever hoist, a tower hoist or a multiple winch operation.
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Boom-type elevating work platform (Class WP) - covers the operation of a telescoping device, hinged device, or articulated device or any combination of these used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated to perform work, where the boom length is 11 metres or more. The 11 metre boom length shall be taken to mean the greater of the following:

  • the vertical distance from the floor of the platform to the ground supporting the elevating work platform with the platform at its maximum height, or
  • the nominal reach measured from the centre point of rotation to the outer edge of the platform in its most extended position.
15 Vehicle-mounted concrete placing boom (Class PB) - covers the operation of vehicle mounted concrete boom pumping systems, including a minimum of two boom stages, and the use and monitoring of the boom distribution system.
16 Reach stacker (RS) - covers the operation of a reach stacker of greater than 3 tonnes capacity that incorporates an attachment for lifting, moving and travelling with a shipping container, but does not include a portainer crane.