If you run a business or organization that relies on the use of overhead cranes, then it's your responsibility to ensure that your employees understand the essentials of overhead crane safety. By doing so, you can cut back on the likelihood of an accident or injury occurring on your business property and avoid hefty insurance claims down the road. Generally, all crane operators on your commercial property should receive designated training before operating an overhead crane, where they'll learn the following dos and don'ts of safe crane operation--and more.
DO Have a Reliable Communication System
Overhead crane operators often sit many feet off the ground, making communication between operators and people working on the ground difficult. This is why it's so important to have a reliable and safe communication system in place, such as cell phones or even handheld, two-way radios. While using hand signals for certain forms of communication (such as to signal that it's safe for an operator to move in reverse) is common, people on the ground should always have a way of communicating via speech to the person in controls.
DO Understand a Crane's Mechanical Limits
In addition to being able to reliably and effectively communicate, crane operators should also be aware of all the mechanical specifications and limitations of each crane in the fleet. Specifically, knowing a crane's weight limits is absolutely vital, as even a slight overload of a crane's operating capacity can lead to serious accident, injury, or even total collapse of the crane arm. Operators should never assume that all cranes in the fleet have the same specifications or weight capacities; instead, manuals for each crane should be kept in easy access at all times so this information can be reviewed as needed.
DON'T Overlook Small Problems
Finally, all crane operators should know to notify a supervisor or maintenance personnel in the event of even the smallest of problems. Even something as seemingly harmless as a strange noise coming from the crane's engine should be addressed by a professional so as to rule out potential problems. Unfortunately, many preventable crane accidents occur because an employee kept quiet about a seemingly small mechanical issue that ultimately turned into a major safety problem. If you are having mechanical problems, talk to a company like A C Jones Trucking Inc.
These are just a few of the most important dos and don'ts any crane operator should know. This way, they can reduce the chances of accidents and injuries on your property.