January 10, 2018

What Personnel Are Required on a NYC Lift?

L&M Crane provides crane and rigging services in all five boroughs of New York City and the greater NY area, as well as Long Island and New Jersey. We’re very familiar with the rules and regulations regarding on-scene personnel during a lift. Our personnel also meet all of the requirements to qualify for the job.

The number and types of personnel required will vary by job. As a general rule of thumb, the larger and more complex the lift, the more personnel you’ll need to have on site. Included in the mix of required personnel, you’ll find:

Crane Operator

The crane operator is responsible for the safe operation of the crane. In NYC, crane operators must be a licensed hoisting machine operator with one or more class endorsements. “Class A” crane operators may operate medium size mobile and tower cranes. “Class B” crane operators may operate any crane of any capacity. While “Class C” crane operators are limited to small mobile cranes.

In addition to licensing, a crane operator in NYC must complete a 40-hour mandatory safety training course, background check, and health physical.

Master Rigger

Master Riggers are responsible for overseeing all rigging activity. Alongside this, Master Riggers ensure that loads are secured properly to the crane prior to the lift. They are also responsible for maintaining the safety of all rigging personnel, as well as nearby workers and civilians.

A licensed Master Rigger can “…hoist or lower any article, regardless of weight, on the outside of a building in New York City,” states NYC Business. To obtain a Master Rigger license, you must have 5 years of practical experience, complete 30-hours of mandatory safety training, and pass a background check along with a written and practical exam.


Riggers are responsible for attaching loads to the crane that is lifting them. Several riggers may be required to satisfy city requirements depending on the size and complexity of the job. Riggers work under the supervision of the master rigger.


Signalmen are the crane operator’s eyes and ears on the ground. They provide direction to the crane operator, letting them know when it is safe to proceed with a lift. Signalmen are critical to preventing crane accidents. Qualified signalmen personnel in NYC must complete a safety course and pass an oral and written exam.


Flagmen are responsible for helping vehicles, including cranes, move safely. They help the drivers and operators avoid hazards and people. They also prevent other construction vehicles and civilian traffic from entering dangerous situations. Qualified Flagmen personnel must complete a safety course and pass an oral and written exam.

Pedestrian Managers

In congested areas, pedestrian managers are required to control bicycles and pedestrian traffic as they move in and around major construction sites.

No matter which personnel are needed to get the job done, you can be sure that L&M Crane can provide who you’re looking for. Get an estimate for your job today!


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