5 Precautions to Take when You’re Near a Crane
Cranes are one of the most helpful tools for picking up and moving items around your construction site. You may need to remove debris or move columns and building materials from one location to another. Fortunately, there's a crane for every type of project you're likely to come across.
Truck-mounted cranes are especially versatile and can be easily moved from one job site to another. Unlike stationary cranes, a truck-mounted crane can be taken off the job site and driven to the highway in a matter of minutes. Crawler cranes are also convenient for moving around on a construction site with little set-up time.
For really dirty jobs or a worksite that's riddled with debris or unfinished land, an all-terrain crane may be your best bet. It's all about fitting the job to the equipment you're leasing. You can even hire crane operators who have years of experience working with a particular type of crane and decades of experience performing the specific task you need.
Crane operators are heavy equipment workers who also understand the risks inherent to dealing with this kind of heavy-duty machinery. Below are a few tips that every job site's workers should abide by - these tips include advice on how everyone, including managers, should behave around cranes and crane operators themselves.
- Remain Alert and Vigilant
Modern cranes have warning signals which let everyone know the crane is in operation. Be sure everyone is trained in know what each of the signals means.
- Let the Crane Operator Focus
Be sure your employees are reminded not to distract or probe a crane hire with questions while he's at work.
Operating a crane requires the crane operator's undivided attention and that attention cannot be severed for even a second. Wait until the crane operator has stepped down from the crane to ask questions or give him a job update. It's never OK to run up to a crane that's in motion to ask the crane operator a question, no matter how important that question seems at the time.
- Give Plenty of Space
It's common knowledge at this point that people shouldn't walk under a raised load. You shouldn't even walk in the general vicinity of a raised load, since parts of the load could fracture off and cause harm. Metal pieces and wood beams have a tendency to fly off when put under stress. Be sure to give cranes a wide berth.
- Watch for Overloading and Poor Rigging
Official reports have identified a few more hazards to look for - faulty rigging or deficient tie-down straps are both significant hazards.
A crane that's overloaded is something project managers and crane operators should watch out for. Using a qualified and experienced rigger can help here.
- Be Cautious of Power Lines
This point is especially important but sometimes overlooked. Crane operators, managers and workers should always keep an eye out for overhanging power lines. Rechecking the cranes position in relation to power lines is everyone's responsibility.
If possible, you want to consider having power lines temporarily shut off to ensure that no part of the crane or its carry load interacts with live wires.
Looking to Rent a Crane?