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5 Common Causes of Deadly Crane Accidents

a crane hoist used for grabbing and lifting loads

Construction workers face many dangers on the job as they often have to operate heavy machinery, work from dangerous heights, and work with toxic materials. Additionally, workers are also at risk of being injured or killed by crane accidents.

Despite the OSHA’s rigorous attempts to minimize crane accidents, negligence and oversight can still lead to deadly accidents that are almost entirely preventable. Here are five reasons why preventable crane accidents still occur.

1. Crane collapsing or buckling

Cranes have maximum weight limits to ensure that they do not tip over or collapse during a lift. According to OSHA, the load must comfortably fit within the manufacturer’s specifications to ensure a safe margin of error. Additionally, loads between 70-90% of the crane’s rated capacity should be classified as a ‘critical lift’ so additional precautions can be implemented.

2. Improper crane assembly

Improper assembly is one of the main reasons for boom collapses. Improper assembly comes in many forms, including mixing components from various manufacturers and miscalculating load requirements.

3. Improper employee training

Crane operators should be fully certified and trained in the use of cranes. Additionally, on-ground personnel should also be fully trained in hand signals and how to safely work around cranes. Additionally, all employees should be trained to always stay out of the crane’s operating radius.

 a construction laborer on a busy job site

4. Contact with electrical lines

Accidents caused by contact with overhead electrical lines are another common cause of crane accidents. When operating in crowded urban areas, crane operators need to be more careful. All live wires around the job site should be temporarily shut off before work starts to prevent injuries caused by electrocution and falling power lines.

5. Mechanical failures

Mechanical failures can often be traced back to poor inspection and maintenance practices. When crane components are regularly oiled and replaced timely, the chances of mechanical errors go down significantly. In addition, all crane components should be thoroughly inspected before work starts to avoid problems during operation.

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