In a job that includes cranes and lifting projects, an efficient and safe execution is expected. Safety of both workers and equipment is essential. For this reason, today we share with you 10 tips to follow so you lifting and weighing operations are as safe as possible.
Ensure a safe handling and weighing with these tips
Operators have to be qualified
It’s not only about having experience and knowledge, but also little details like as periodically reviewing manuals and rules of the handling equipment to use. Training is very important and must be continuous.
Find the best enviroment for a safe crane operation
Something as simple as turning your phone off when you’re in the cab is essential to avoid distractions that could compromise your lifting job.
Pre-operational inspection of the handling equipment
¿Did you know that 74% of crane accidents happen during routine operations? It is very important to inspect the state of your handling and weighing equipment before starting to maneuver.
Do a checklist with everything you need to ensure the cranes safety
A very good way to keep track of everything is to make a list of actions to check before starting to use the equipment. You won’t start until all is checked.
You can have the best lifting and weighing equipment, but don’t forget about the environment you’re working on. Make sure you have full visibility, that there are no dead spots and that you can fully control the situation at all times.
Ensure loads and capacities
Loads to be moved or elevated must be well secured and follow all safety measures regarding shape and weight. According to a study by Arnold & Itkin in 2015, 80% of accidents involving loads in the United States are related to an excess of recommended weight.
Only one person can control the lift
When a worker is in charge of lifting the load, he must be solely responsible for it, avoiding confusion over responsibilities and tasks performed.
Do not stand under a load
One of the most basic overhead crane safety tips in any workplace where you carry out handling and lifting projects: never stay under a suspended load.
Do not leave the load suspended in air
In the same line, neither should the load be left suspended. Once you start moving it, it is better to finish it to avoid any kind of accident. The person responsible has to be constantly aware of it.
Finish things properly
Avoiding rush and staying calm throughout the process will make the end as comfortable and safe as possible.
Safety comes first when working with heavy machinery. Ensure a safe handling and weighing with these tips and also check out our 6 overhead crane safety tips to protect your workers.
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The safest handling and weighing equipment
At Airpes we take safety very seriously. We follow all current regulations and we make sure to test the equipment before you can use it.
You can also use our test bench service to ensure that your equipment is safe and properly calibrated.
If you want to know more, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will listen to your situation and will advise you with the best option for your company’s projects.