A Complete Guide To Operating Cranes Safely On Your Site
Staying safe while operating heavy and dangerous machinery is essential to keeping your work site safe. It’s essential for anyone who visits your worksite, including external visitors as well as employees to stay out of harm’s way. To find out more about staying safe around cranes and other heavy lifting equipment, keep on reading!
Safe Operating Practices
These are some of the key safety measures that you should be enforcing on your worksite to ensure that everyone is out of potential danger.
Choosing The Right Crane
Choosing the right crane for the job is an important part of staying safe. Whether you’re choosing between mobile or fixed cranes, it’s important to choose one that can accommodate the needs of your project properly.
Ensuring that all members of staff are fully trained and qualified is essential to maintaining safety on your worksite. This is a good preventative measure to take, as properly trained staff will be aware of the potential hazards and how to avoid them safely.
Daily Operating Checks
A daily checklist or inspection list is a good way to ensure that everything is working properly before you start operating your crane. A pre-start check is beneficial for checking there are no issues before you start operating. You should also do a check once your machine is up and running too, just to be on the safe side. Most importantly, check that the safety and emergency systems are working.
Clear Any Obstacles
Having a clear worksite is not only good for productivity, it’s an important safety procedure to be aware of. Not only should the area you are operating a crane in be clear, but you should also keep any access routes and exits completely clear in case of emergency.
Stabilise & Rig The Load Properly
Things like stabilising the rig and paying attention to the load limits of each crane should be included in the training provided. Proper stabilisation and rigging is essential so that the crane itself as well as its goods don’t tip onto the floor during operation.
Use Proper Communications
There are protocol hand signals and forms of communication that all staff members should be aware of. This is so that colleagues can communicate with each other when they can’t speak directly. However, you could introduce radios to ensure constant communication.
Hiring A Crane Maintenance Company
You may decide that you want to hire a crane maintenance company to help you ensure that your equipment is looked after correctly. Here at Crane & Lifting Services, we specialise in crane repairs, inspections and other crane servicing issues.
For further enquiries about how we can help you, feel free to contact us today to speak to our team directly.