No matter how large or small a job, cranes can cause some serious damage if misused or improperly maintained. A vast majority of crane accidents and injuries stem from human error and improper inspection. For this reason, the most important part of any job or project in which you operate a crane are safety precautions. By refraining from rushing or overloading a crane during operation, you can avoid experiencing or causing serious worksite collisions or mistakes, creating a safer working environment for everyone on site. Before taking a seat inside a crane, read up on proper safety procedures to ensure your project is finished as safely as possible.
Before ever setting foot in the crane, operators should inspect the machine to ensure it is up to date and functional. During the project is a less than ideal time to discover a malfunctioning electrical system or a loose bolt. With careful inspection before each use, you can feel confident in the crane’s upkeep and operation.
Additionally, if a dangerous situation is discovered during the inspection, it’s vital the crane is repaired immediately and prior to use in order to prevent any injuries or accidents during the project. Crane’s typically require at least one maintenance tune-up per year to continue running smoothly and safely. When renting a crane for use, maintenance is generally handled through the rental business. If you notice problems with your rented crane, contact them as soon as possible. Taking the proper preventative measures can streamline your project and ensure your crane is reliable.
When operating a crane, it’s incredibly important to keep the project site as clear of obstacles as possible. Keeping an eye out for potential hazards that cannot be removed from the work site is also vital to ensuring the crane and operator remain safe. Operators should plot out their route before using the crane, steering clear of immovable obstacles like electrical lines or buildings. Nearly 50% of all overhead crane accidents result from contact with a power line, causing electrical malfunctions and potentially injury or death.1 Project sites should have clearly marked boundaries to keep unnecessary team members out of the crane’s path, placing a burden on the operator to maintain control of the crane and be wary of any individuals who have wandered onto the project site. With proper planning and awareness during operation, even the most difficult jobs can be completed safely.
Training and Operation
Many states require crane operators to first gain official certification. This certification process teaches each operator the proper safety procedures and operation protocol required for operating any crane. However, the certification program does not cover every model of crane available. If you intend to operate a model with which you are unfamiliar, do your research on the controls and safety features prior to operation, especially with regards to loading capacity. Overloading a crane can cause serious damage to the machinery and put others in danger should the cargo fall from the crane.
Get the Job Done Safely
When renting a crane for either a major or minor project, safety should be your top priority. Keep your team members and the rental crane unharmed by following standard safety protocols before you ever begin operation. To learn more about renting a well-maintained crane for your project, contact Coast Crane Company online or call 800-400-2726.