Like other tasks in construction, crane lifts have the potential to become dangerous in a hurry. That’s why you need to use best safety practices at all stages of the process. Regardless of whether you’re doing a pre-operation inspection from the outside or you’re in the cab, safety is of the utmost importance throughout the lift. These quick tips can help ensure you’re doing everything you can to make a crane lift as safe as possible for you and others in the construction site.
Always make sure to wear the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when you’re at the jobsite. This can include gear such as a hard hat, gloves, work boots and eye protection. PPE is your last line of defense against bodily harm.
Pay attention to site conditions
Pay close attention to the conditions of the jobsite. This includes the state of the terrain on which you will be working. Certain weather conditions make performing a safe crane lift impossible, in which case the job will need to be postponed.
Observe lift limits
Cranes have limits on how much weight they can lift. Be aware of the lift limit of the crane you’re using and adjust the loads accordingly. If you’re unsure of the lift limit for a particular crane, consult the load chart.
Use safety devices
Before you start the lift, make sure all of the safety devices on the crane are in place. These include outriggers and stabilizers. Even on small lifts, a crane’s safety mechanisms are important to workplace safety.
Perform a visual inspection
As you would with any other heavy equipment, always conduct a thorough visual inspection of the crane prior to using it. A walk-around before getting in the cab can prevent catastrophic mishaps later during the lift.
Choose the right equipment for job
Knowing which crane to use for a particular job can help you do the job more efficiently and safely. Using the wrong crane can cause damage to the crane and put you and others in the construction site in danger.
Clear the area of potential hazards
If possible, clear the worksite of potential hazards. This includes overhead wires or anything else that may interfere with the crane moving the load from point A to point B.
Constantly monitor the load
During the lift, keep an eye on the load at all times. It helps to have multiple people on the worksite monitor the load to assist the operator. Never leave the worksite when the load is in the air.
Stay up to date on training
Crane operation is an occupation that requires consistent training. New information and standards are released and updated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as by industry bodies such as the NCCCO. Staying current on training will help you do your part in maintaining safety during crane lifts.
Learn the right way
The best way to build a foundation of crane operation skills and knowledge to use throughout a career in heavy equipment operation is to learn the fundamentals right the first time. Because crane operation is a dangerous job, heavy equipment schools prioritize safety in their programs.
No one places a higher emphasis on safety than the Heavy Equipment Colleges of America.
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Heavy Equipment Colleges of America (HEC) is dedicated to providing quality heavy equipment programs to students like you who are passionate about careers in the field. We offer four different programs, including lattice boom crawler crane and mobile crane operation.
We’re confident you’ll find the heavy equipment education that is right for you at one of our campuses. The experienced instructors at each of our seven campuses are committed to providing you thorough instruction in heavy equipment operation (especially safety) to prepare you for entry-level roles.
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The following information is supplemental to the information and requirements contained in OSHA Rule 29 CFR 1926, Subpart CC, Cranes and Derricks in Construction.