Overhead cranes are an efficient way to move loads in a variety of industries in California, but they present an abundance of safety risks.
Every company should have a plan for the safe use of an overhead crane that includes a daily checklist for proper operation and an extensive training protocol. Here are some safety tips to start.
- Before starting a job, make sure the crane is equipped to handle the job ahead. It must have the proper travel, load capacity and lift.
- Inspect the crane, both physically and visually, before using it. Check for wear and tear, damage and proper operation.
- Make sure all slings and rigging hardware are in good working condition. Don’t use slings that are damaged or defective.
- Make sure everyone working with the crane is aware of the signals to be used and that the identity of the designated signaler is clear.
- Ensure that there are no obstructions or people in the load lift area. Don’t lift loads over any people.
- Check that the safety latch has been closed.
- Secure any sling legs not in use.
- Reduce load swings by moving the load and controls smoothly.
- Raise the load only as high as you must.
- Follow proper training for setting down loads.
These are just some safety tips. A construction company’s leadership team needs to work on every aspect of crane safety protocols so that employees stay out of harm’s way.
If you are injured on a worksite because of an unsafe crane or faulty operation, you are well within your rights to seek compensation for your injuries.