What are HDS cranes?

About HDS cranes

Cranes are machines commonly used for handling work. Nowadays there are several different types of cranes, adapted to work in different conditions. One of these is cranes using a hydraulic crane, commonly referred to as HDS cranes.  

An operator on an HDS crane

In Poland, hydraulic cranes are among the devices subject to technical supervision. This means that in order to be able to work with the HDS crane, you must first obtain the appropriate qualifications issued by the Office of Technical Inspection. 

Those wishing to improve their professional competence or that of their employees are encouraged to contact OSO. Our company can pride itself on a very high pass rate, and the training staff responsible for professional courses are ready to prepare each participant to work safely and efficiently with an HDS crane. 

Why a course on HDS cranes? 

Today's market situation is commonly referred to as an employee market. This means that in the current economic reality, a qualified employee can count on a stable and well-paid job. In addition, training for HDS cranes can be completed by virtually anyone who is interested in extending their professional competence with new qualification benefits. All that is needed is to meet three basic conditions: 

  • 18 years or older, 
  • At least primary education, 
  • No medical contraindications to work as a hydraulic crane operator. 

As you can see, the HDS crane course does not impose any special conditions for participants to take it. For this reason, it is also a very attractive choice for people who are looking for new competences. A hydraulic crane operator can count on attractive wages and no employment problems. All that is required is to pass the relevant vocational course. 

What does the training on HDS cranes look like? 

The UDT course on cranes organized at the OSO company consists of theoretical and practical parts and the final exam. 

Theoretical part Practical part Final exam 
The theoretical part of the course takes the form of lectures, during which the trainees learn all the necessary information on the safe eskploitation and maintenance of HDS cranes. In the theoretical part of the course, the participants can get to know such information as: Knowledge of the construction and equipment of hydraulic cranes Safety devices of the crane Legal acts which regulate the operation and maintenance of HDS cranes. Duties of the operator before, after and during work Suspension of the crane and supervision of its technical condition How to correctly estimate the dimensions of the load Health and safety at work with a hydraulic crane and assistance in case of accidents. In the practical part of the course, participants have the opportunity to practice their newly acquired skills under the supervision of our training staff. Here, course participants can perform activities related to the operation and maintenance of HDS cranes under controlled conditions. The exercises in the theoretical part take place on specialised training equipment provided by OSO. The final stage of the HDS crane course is an examination before a commission appointed by the Office of Technical Inspection. Like the training itself, it consists of a theoretical and a practical part. The theoretical part takes the form of a written exam. It consists of closed and open questions designed to test the knowledge acquired by the trainees in the first part of the training. The range of questions on the exam includes: What are the parameters of the crane. Safety valves in an HDS crane Locks used in the hydraulic system of a crane Hydraulic distributor and its function Load control in HDS cranes. Technical condition assessment of HDS crane. Leakage of hydraulic systems in the crane and potential problems. The next part is the theoretical exam. Here, the trainees have to correctly perform a set of activities related to the operation, maintenance and repair of HDS cranes in front of the UDT commission.  

Passing both parts of the exam with a positive result guarantees trainees qualification benefits allowing them to work as HDS crane operators. As part of the price of the training, everyone who passes the final examination receives a personal certificate, attesting to their newly acquired qualifications. Depending on the individual needs of the trainees, OSO also guarantees, for an additional fee, an additional supplement with a photo, which is needed to work in some countries abroad. 

The qualifications obtained on the course on HDS cranes are valid for 5 years. After this period, they should be renewed by passing the exam again with a positive result. For people who only want to renew their qualifications, the OSO company offers express courses lasting one working day and ending with an exam taken on the same day. 

Trainees during training on cranes

OSO offers two types of open and closed training courses

Open courses are intended for individual clients who want to acquire new professional competences in the field of HDS cranes operation. Anyone who meets the above-mentioned basic conditions can take part in them. Open trainings at OSO are organized regularly and take place at our headquarters or at one of the many branches located throughout the country. People willing to take part in an open course on HDS cranes organized at OSO, we encourage you to check and follow our website. There is a calendar with all the dates of the upcoming courses along with their prices. 

For individual customers seeking training for their employees, our company offers customised courses. The price of such a course depends on a number of factors, such as the number of trainees and their level of experience or the place of training. In the case of individual courses, the courses can be held at one of OSO's training centres or at the customer's premises in the company. Our trainers can come to the customer's location to conduct the training at their company, depending on their needs. 

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