A Simple Guide To Prevent Common Crane-Related Accidents

You are renting a crane for your project, and you have everything prepared, including a few employees who know how to operate the machine. Yet hiring a few employees who've had experience with cranes does not mean that you don't have to know a thing or two about crane safety. The following guide will point out some of the common crane-related accidents, which are completely avoidable with some of the following suggestions.

A Few Common Crane-Related Accidents

The following are a few common crane-related issues that you need to be on top of:

  • Crane buckling or tipping over, which is caused by overloading the crane beyond capacity.
  • Your employee has not been trained by OSHA, or it has been a while since he or she has passed this type of training.
  • Mechanical issues usually related to worn out parts that need to be replaced.
  • Electrocutions because your crane operator fails to keep a safe distance from a power line.

You can talk to your crane rental representative about other things you should look out for to prevent an accident from occurring for the good of your employees, company, and the project.

Tips To Easily Prevent These Common Risks

Consider some of the following:

Pay Attention

You should make sure you know the maximum weight capacity of each cargo that you want the crane to transport. One thing that you can do is rent large scales to make sure your cargo is well under the crane's capacity.

Employee Training

Be sure that your employees have taken recent courses to make sure that his or her skills are up to date.

Simple Maintenance

You want to make sure that you check some of the following daily:

  • Look for leaks, and be sure that all fluids are at the right level
  • Check for loose bolts or corroded compartments
  • Make sure you lubricate things like latches, hose swivels, winches, booms, or wire ropes

Power Line Safety

You also want to make sure that your crane is safe from power lines, and you can do that by simply considering some of the following:

  • Assign operating partners that will tell your operator if he or she is crossing the boundaries that keep the crane within the safe zone.
  • You can install range control devices that warn the operator that he or she is breaching the safe zone.
  • Add visible safety zone signs for your operator and employees.
  • Be sure that the safety zone is as far as recommended for your crane, which could be anywhere from 10 to 45 feet from power lines.

You can talk to your crane rental representative about other measures you can take to make sure that your project is complete without any problems. But you can clearly see how crane operation safety is well within you reach by simply taking the right precautions. 

Contact a service like A C Jones Trucking Inc for more help.