Working with mobile cranes can be a dangerous job. If you’re new to the construction industry, or just want to brush up on your safety knowledge, read on for some tips on staying safe when working with these massive machines.
1. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
When operating a crane, it is essential to review the manufacturer’s instructions and safety manual thoroughly in order to understand the proper use, maintenance and repair of the machine. Taking the time to read and understand all of the documentation will help ensure that not only are you properly trained in its use but that any potential risks or hazards associated with its operation are well known beforehand.
Additionally, if anything ever goes wrong during its use, having a full understanding of what steps need to be taken can be instrumental in saving time and money as well as avoiding serious injury.
2. Familiarise yourself with the controls of the crane before operating it.
Taking the time to learn the various knobs, instruments and buttons can help you navigate tricky terrain or tight spaces with ease. Knowing the proper placement for these functions is even more important – especially when in difficult working environments like on stubborn grades or angled surfaces. With a good understanding of the equipment and its design, crane operators can get the job done faster, smoother and with fewer risks involved.
3. Inspect the construction site before beginning.
A thorough inspection of the area should be done to confirm that it is suitable for the crane’s presence. This entails assessing both nearby structures and debris that may interfere with its function. Any potential hazards should be identified and avoided accordingly.
4. Do not exceed the lifting capacity of the crane.
Exceeding the capacity of the crane can put workers at risk and cause property damage or loss of life. This fatal mistake can be avoided by closely following safety protocols to use the crane correctly and avoid overloading it with weight heavier than what it has been designed to handle.
5. Be aware of your surroundings
Before beginning any job, assess the area to ensure that no people or objects are placed in an area where they could be in potential danger from swinging loads. Make sure that everyone on the work site is aware of the hazards involved so they stay clear of the working area and remain safe.
6. Wear the appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when operating a crane
Working with a crane can be extremely dangerous, and it’s essential to make sure all safety precautions are taken. That means always wearing the right protective gear, such as a hard hat for head protection, gloves to protect your hands from sharp edges, and steel-toed boots that can help guard against foot or ankle injuries. Without these pieces of gear in place, there’s an increased risk of accidents and serious injury on the job site.
We have a range of crane types available with different lifting capacities and height options, so feel free to contact us if you would like some advice on choosing the right crane for your project. Or, click here to check out our cranes.