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The Ultimate Crane Safety Checklist


Cranes are complex machines used in various industries like manufacturing, shipping, and construction to lift and move heavy loads. Crane safety is an essential practice to ensure the safe operation of the crane on site. Site managers and crane operators must follow the crane safety guidelines to avoid any crane-related damages, injuries, or fatalities. Here’s the ultimate crane safety checklist for crane operators.


Daily Inspection Checklist


Daily inspection is the process of inspecting every crane component, identifying any issues, and addressing the problem before operating the machine. However, the checklist can even be used during crane operations.


Crane Inspection:

  • Check for any maladjustments causing interference with crane operation

  • Look for any signs of leakage from the tanks, drain pumps or lines

  • Inspect any damage on the hoist hook and line

  • If the crane is on wheels, look for puncture or any other damage

  • Assess wind speed with a crane wind speed indicator before the ascension

  • Check the surrounding area for any power lines or poles

  • Check ladders, footwalk, or walkway to ensure safe access to the operator cab


Operator cab inspection:

  • Determine the crane’s visibility from the operator cab

  • Check if the emergency stop switch is working

  • Check if the radius indicator is visible

  • Check the control systems and brakes

  • Conduct a no-load test pre-operation

  • Ensure the two-way radios are working.


Monthly Maintenance Checklist

A designated inspector can conduct the monthly maintenance audit to guarantee crane safety for employers, site managers, and crane operators. They’ll perform the following tasks:

  • Undo any twists or turns to the chains and links

  • Clean dust and debris from the crane

  • Inspect safety latch, sheave, and switches

  • Look for any bent or dents to the boom extensions

  • Fix loose connections and tight screws

  • Inspect ratchet and electric chain hoists

  • Tighten safety guards around the operator cab

  • Ensure load blocks are securely in place


Crane Safety Equipment Checklist

  • Check if the ATB warning system is securely attached to the limit switch

  • Ensure the crane wind speed indicator is visible to the crane operator

  • Ensure load indicator are in place and working

  • Reinstall camera systems and determine optimal placements for visibility

  • Replace any crane parts that are worn out


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