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How to Keep Your Crane Operators Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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In response to the global pandemic crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the construction work in the United States was halted for most parts of the first half of 2020. However, the lockdown restrictions have been lifted, and operations are back to normal. Still, employers need to ensure workers’ safety from this novel disease.

Every construction employer must take adequate measures to protect their workers who work hard every day during these trying times. Strict measures should be taken to prevent the spread of disease. Crane operators are key personnel who can’t be replaced easily; therefore, they must be given necessary protection to carry out their duties safely.

A comprehensive hygiene and safety plan

Create and implement a detailed hygiene and safety plan for your construction site. You can refer to the guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to incorporate the best practices like washing hands regularly, using hand sanitizers, maintaining a safe distance of at least 6 feet, and more.

Sanitization and PPE

Cleaning and sanitization sessions should be performed around cranes and construction areas. It’s important to sanitize the inside of the crane, including all areas that often come in contact with workers. Moreover, all crane operators must be provided PPE, including masks, gloves, and other necessary equipment to protect themselves from the virus.

Permit sick leaves

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in severe financial distress. Workers concerned about their job security might feel hesitant disclosing the disease if they think it could cost them their job. As an employer, you should assure workers and allow them to take days off if they’re feeling sick or showing symptoms of coronavirus.

Crane Operators Safety

The tips mentioned above will help you to keep your crane operators safe and prevent the disease from spreading. However, there are several other risks involved in crane-related activities that will require your attention. Crane operators must be provided comprehensive training to mitigate potential hazards involving the crane.

Most importantly, you should equip them with advanced crane safety instrumentations, like Anti-two block systems, wind speed indicators, load indicators, and more, to maximize the crane safety. Using the latest devices, your crane operators will be able to operate cranes effective and efficiently while avoiding potential crane-related accidents.

Buy Quality Crane Safety Equipment

Crane Warning Systems Atlanta is the leading distributor of Rayco Wylie crane safety systems in the United States. We provide a wide array of crane safety instrumentation, including crane load indicator system, Crane Safe Load Monitoring Systems, Wireless crane wind speed Indicators, and more. Call 1-877-672-2951 to find out more information about our products.

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