Did you recently add a crane or two to your list of heavy equipment on your worksite? A crane can be a great addition to your arsenal, allowing you to quickly and easily lift heavy loads with ease, all while maintaining a safe work environment for your employees. But if this will be your company's first time working with a crane, you need to make sure you and all other employees are up to the task of operating the crane correctly. There are no opportunities for a second chance once a load weighing hundreds or thousands of pounds is up in the air. Here are some tips to keep in mind for first-time crane users.
Always Inspect the Load and Every Part of the Crane Before a Lift Begins
You probably inspect all of your heavy equipment at the start and end of every workday, but a crane is something that you should be keeping a closer eye on, much more frequently. Before every lift begins, check the load and the rigging on the crane in detail. Check it again after the load is put down and before a new load is about to be lifted. A visual inspection before every lift will help ensure that the crane is always up to the task of getting the load to your preferred destination.
Keep the Path of the Crane Clear, Using Signs or Barriers If Needed
Once a load is up in the air, it should be able to get to its destination with no problem, provided the crane is working properly and the operator knows what they are doing. Even so, you don't want to create a situation where other workers are able to walk underneath the load while the crane is in operation. Make the crane's path a "no-fly" zone for other employees and equipment. If you have an especially busy workplace, use barriers to keep people from accidentally moving into the crane's path.
Check the Safety Alarms on a Regular Basis
All cranes come equipped with a variety of safety features, including alarms that will sound if the crane is overloaded or if someone walks too close to it while it's in motion. You'll want to test these alarms and any other safety mechanisms on a regular basis. With a little luck, the only time you'll hear one of these alarms go off is during a test.
Contact a local provider of cranes for more information