Have you ever seen a crane working in a city and wondered how it avoids hitting the powerlines? In this blog post, we will take a look at how cranes avoid hitting powerlines, and we will also discuss some of the dangers that come with working near them.
How do cranes avoid powerline?
One of the most important things that crane operators do is to be aware of their surroundings. This means constantly scanning the area for powerlines, other cranes, and any other potential hazards.
Another safety measure that is taken is to use a spotter to help keep an eye out for any dangers.
What do crane spotters do?
The crane spotter’s job is to help the operator keep an eye out for any dangers. They do this using a radio to communicate with each other and by using hand signals.
When the operator sees a powerline, they will usually stop and wait for the spotter to confirm that it is safe to proceed. If the spotter sees that the powerline is clear, they will give the operator a signal to continue. However, if there is any doubt about whether or not the powerline is clear, the operator will usually err on the side of caution and wait for the utility company to come and move the powerline.
What to do if you see a crane working near a powerline
Working near powerlines can be extremely dangerous, and it is something that should only be done by trained professionals. If you see a crane operator working near powerlines, do not approach them or try to talk to them. Stay at least 16 metres away from the crane, and if you have any questions, please contact the utility company.
How to operate a crane near powerlines
- Assume the line is energised at all times.
- Keep yourself, your equipment, and tools away from power lines at all times.
- Never touch a powerline or anything that is touching it, including the ground.
- Never climb a tree or pole near a power line.
- Stay away from any object that might conduct electricity to you if it comes in contact with a power line, such as a ladder, metal fence, or crane boom.
Cranes avoid hitting powerlines by being constantly aware of their surroundings and using a spotter. Despite these safety measures, it is still important to stay clear of the area if you see a crane working near powerlines.