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High-Impact Crane Safety—Explained

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Cranes are used for lifting, moving, loading, and unloading a wide range of fragile, hazardous, and heavy materials that cannot be moved manually. This material management equipment helps businesses improve efficiency, timeliness, and competitiveness. But one crane accident can wreak major havoc at your worksite.

That’s when a high-impact crane safety program comes to the rescue.

Whether you’re planning to lift construction material or deploy a crane at a coal mine, your first task should be to implement a safety program for accident prevention. Continue reading to learn about the most effective high-impact crane safety measures from our crane safety technicians in Atlanta.

Inspection Checkout

Pre, during, and post-operational crane inspection checkouts can make or break your crane equipment’s safety. We’ve seen many crane operators skip regular inspections thinking what worked fine yesterday will work with the same efficiency today. This can be one of the most foolish mistakes a crane crew can ever make.

Periodic crane inspections are extremely important for high-impact crane safety. OSHA says that authorized and licensed inspectors must perform crane inspections according to a checkout sheet. Also, note that crane inspections must be custom-created according to your crane type.

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Sling Inspection and Safety

Crane load charts are imperative for high-impact crane safety. However, other than load and radius limits, you must also keep tabs on the sling and mechanical components of your crane. Slings are required to hook a load on cranes. You want to make sure they are in good condition and working order.

Many high-impact crane accidents occur due to sling malfunctions. Crane inspectors must check slings, fasteners, attachments, and wire ropes to ensure loading safety. Safety experts at OSHA and HSE recommend crane operators immediately remove and dispose of slings and attach new ones in case of a defect.

Cab-Controlled Crane Safety Due Diligence

Cab-controlled cranes are vulnerable to stability and load movement hazards. Often, the operator inside a crane cab is unable to fully see the load. That’s why an additional crew member, known as a spotter or signaler, is hired to assist the operator. This additional resource is responsible for alerting, signaling, and communicating with the operator.

They’re trained to convey hazard signals, navigational directions, and visual messages with specific hand gestures. This communication is important for reducing the risk of crane accidents and improving crane cabin crew safety. Another extremely effective way to maximize crane cabin safety is to install a crane camera system. Check out the CCS2 or CCS4 camera devices that offer a high-resolution display for expanded surveillance and crane monitoring across the board.

Some more crane safety tips that your crane crew should remember are:

  • Loads should never be left suspended on a non-operational crane hook

  • It’s better to operate cranes in clear weather and non-windy conditions

  • Safety walkways and aisles are important for easy accessibility and on-ground worker safety

  • Hazard anticipation is a critical part of crane accident prevention

  • Workers require periodic and refresher training sessions on crane stability, control, and safe rigging practices

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