A Guide On Crane Safety

Crane operation could seem like an easy task. Unknown to many people, it exposes the operator and site personnel to various of risks. Below is an excerpt discussing crane safety protocol. 

Operator Qualifications

The crane operator must be trained in crane operation. Ideally, they should be experienced in operating the type and model of crane that you have at the site. In Australia, crane operators should have a high-risk work licence. It is a guarantee that the operator understands the safety measures to observe while using the crane. 

Choose An Appropriate Crane

Below are some factors to consider when choosing a crane: 

  • How much weight do you intend to lift? Other than this, you also need to check the length of the boom. It must be longer than the area you will be working on.
  • What are the site conditions? Crawler cranes and rough-terrain cranes are designed to work on uneven ground and in muddy areas. Telescopic handlers are best suited for indoor and warehouse
  • How easy is the crane to use? For instance, power take-off shafts and power steering can significantly ease crane operation.
  • Is the crane manufactured by a reputable company? Check the internet to ensure the crane has a high safety rating and is not prone to hydraulic, braking, suspension or engine problems. 

Crane Inspection

When hiring cranes or buying used cranes, conduct a visual inspection to examine the crane's functionality. For example, check the frame, sling and hook for signs of rusting and cracks. Examine the electrical system for frayed wires and loose connections that might lead to fire risk at the site. When working on unstable ground, the equipment should have outriggers to improve its stability. The crane should also have load charts and an operation manual. The hiring company or seller should also provide service records to help you identify any immediate repairs that the crane might need. 

Crane Rigging

Crane riggers are an essential aspect of crane safety. They work hand in hand with the operator to ensure safety at the site. For example, they will identify a suitable location to install the crane. The riggers will also assess the crane's area of operation to determine blind spots. They will also train site personnel on how to avoid risks at the site. For example, they could use flags to warn employees that the crane is in use. Crane riggers will also conduct regular inspections to identify crane defects. 

When using cranes, hire a qualified operator, choose an appropriate crane, inspect the crane and hire riggers to enforce safety at the site.  

To learn more, contact a crane supplier.