In a job that includes cranes and lifting projects, crane safety and efficient and safe execution is expected. Remember: 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 crane safety with these tips
What are the most important things to take into account for a correct crane safety operations?
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 crane’s 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.
Make sure you have clear visibility of the whole crane’s working area
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 meet equipment 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.
Make sure only one person can control the lift and machinery
When a worker is in charge of lifting the load, he must be solely responsible for it, avoiding confusion over responsibilities and tasks performed.
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NEVER stand under a load for a safe crane operation
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.
Although the risks may seem obvious, it is still common for workers to place themselves under loads when operating lifting devices. You mustn’t do this because if something goes wrong, you are at serious risk of being hit by something you are lifting.
It is essential always to maintain a safe distance from the load you are moving to ensure that you are not at risk and can handle the situation safely in an error, equipment failure, or other problem.
Do not leave the load suspended in air for more time than needed
In the same line, neither should the load be left suspended for a long period of time. 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.
Proceed with the lifting operation slowly and properly
Avoiding rush and staying calm throughout the process will make the end as comfortable and safe as possible. Do not accelerate or brake abruptly to prevent the load from swaying.
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.
- You may be interested in: 10 safety precautions when using lifting equipment
What OSHA is saying about cranes’ safety operations
OSHA offers some guides and regulations around cranes’ safety. You can check the following links to get more information:
- Lifting equipment with rated lifting capacity
- Ground conditions for hoisting and rigging
- Rigging equipment for material handling
The safest handling and weighing equipment
At Crosby 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.