6 overhead crane safety tips to protect your workers 

Overhead crane tips | Airpes

What is an overhead crane?

An overhead crane is a piece of gear, that permits you to lift and move weighty materials starting with one area then onto the next in an exact way. There is no “one size fits all” way to deal with characterizing an overhead crane, as every overhead crane is painstakingly planned and designed for a particular reason or application to suit a project’s necessities.

Overhead cranes are a fast way to move and transport different loads in many industries. It consists in parallel runways with a travelling bridge. The hoist travels along the bridge and helps save time and money to handlers and companies.

Functions of an overhead crane operator

An overhead crane operator operates traveling or stationary overhead cranes to lift, move, and position loads, like hardware, heavy items, machinery, and bulk materials, utilizing hoisting connections, like hooks, slings, electromagnets, etc: The operator observes load hookup, determining the load’s safety.

Handling an overhead crane is quite an important job. This is why to save time and money, the overhead crane operator must be very careful in its use.

Add these tips to your overhead crane safety checklist. This way, you won’t forget to assure that everything works fine.

Overhead crane safety rules

1. Maintenance is important: make a crane inspection every time

Make sure that your hoist works fine. It’s mandatory before using it, but if you are not currently using it, check it too. It will save you time and will make everyone safer.

2. Check that the crane hook has no obstacles

It may seem obvious, but your load will go through the air above your head. No obstacle must come between it and the end of the runway.

3. The overhead crane operator and the rest of the employees must be aware

You are going to use the overhead crane, so make sure everybody in the workplace knows about it. Remember: the load moves above everyone’s head, so sometimes you don’t see it unless you look up.

4. Quick overhead crane safety tips while using it

  • Do not get distracted by anything
  • Do not swing the load
  • Do not move your load with coworkers around the area
  • Do not move any loads over people

5. Remember your overhead crane limits

The weight limit in the handling systems are there for a reason: safety. So do not push the limits and move the load limit that your overhead crane has.

6. Test your lifting equipment

At Airpes we know how important it is to check out your equipment. Testing is a safe way to push your lifting equipment and find out how it performs in any type of situation. Remember to test your overhead crane for your safety.

Want to know more? Keep readingAirpes designs the best equipment for your overhead cranes

Complement your work with the best overhead crane’s equipment

At Airpes we take care of designing and manufacturing the best equipment for your  bridge crane. Discover our outstanding products:

Load limiters

We have our Eagle Electronic Limiter, one of the latest electronic limiters that will be the brain of your industrial crane. The limiters are responsible for monitoring and protecting the bridges of your  overhead crane.


With our display products you can see the details of the charge of the  overhead bridge crane  quickly and easily. We also have panels, repeaters, loadding screens and indicators.

Load cells

Another way to capture weight data from crane bridges are load cells. They inform us about the load’s weight in different conditions.


They are placed hanging from the bridge crane.The hooks are responsable for controlling the entry and exit of products, as well as the stock or storage.

Radiocontrol equipment

For radio control products, we trust in Autec. This is your best way to control your overhead crane.

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