Mobile crane operators have a risky job and accidents do happen. Here are a few tips you can use to aid the prevention of mobile crane accidents on the jobsite.
- Conduct a pre-operation inspection
Conduct a thorough inspection of the mobile crane before you get in the cab, as well as once you’re in the cab. These safety checks will help you catch any problems with the machine, greatly reducing the risk of accidents caused by faulty equipment.
- Be careful getting in and out of the cab
Falling is one of the most common causes of injury in construction. To avoid falling when getting in and out of the cab, make sure to always keep three points of contact with the machine.
- Be aware of your surroundings
Communicating and being aware of everyone’s location in the work site is crucial to preventing mobile crane accidents. Also, be mindful of the conditions in which you’re operating the mobile crane, as the conditions of the weather or terrain may make it dangerous to work.
- Proper safety equipment
Wearing the right personal protective equipment (PPE) can help prevent bodily harm. OSHA requires you to wear PPE, such as a hard hat (at all times), in the construction site.
Knowledge is power, as the saying goes. Mastering proper safety techniques in your heavy equipment program can go a long way toward the prevention of injuries from mobile crane accidents in the construction site.
HEC’s mobile crane program will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as a mobile crane operator, including – you guessed it – safety practices. Over the course of our three-week program, you will learn the right way from our passionate instructors, who have valuable experience working in heavy equipment operation. Learn more about HEC’s mobile crane program and tour the campus nearest you by calling us today at (888) 879-9492.HECOFA_MobileCraneAccident_blog_rev2