Making Sure a Construction Crane is Safe to Use

Crane operator adjusting liftCranes are machines that have the power to kill people if used improperly. They can also destroy property, and if a crane isn’t safe to use, it shouldn’t be used. That said, sometimes crane operators make mistakes and their cranes are not safe– and that can cost companies millions of dollars to make up for the tragic problems created when cranes (or their loads) get out of control.

Tips to Make Sure Your Crane Is Operating Properly

To operate a crane safely, people involved in the crane operation need to not be high on drugs or drunk on alcohol. They should also not be tired to the point where they’d nod off/fall asleep. Crane operators need to be ever-alert, noticing all sorts of details, and communicating with their team in an effective manner. Precautions need to be taken before cranes are put to use. Inspections need to be done to ensure there are no problems that could cause people or property harm.

The right crane for the job is something that should be considered… you don’t want to use the wrong crane for the job and later on find out that the load was too heavy and that’s why someone died. Things like load weight, lifting height and horizontal moving distance all need to be taken into consideration when operating a crane.

To be safe, crane operators and their crews should have both book training and hands-on training such that they understand how the crane operates and what to look for that might be “bad.” If needed, consult the manual “to be safe.” Stay up-to-date with knowledge of crane safety procedures, too.

Finally, cranes need to be well-maintained. They shouldn’t be used if they’re broken. If a belt is bad, it needs to be replaced. If fluid is leaking, that leak needs to be fixed, and more fluid added into the system. Maintenance is a major part of crane safety. The conditions of the site matter as well. The ground needs to be level since it’s holding a heavy machine.

Are you thinking of renting a crane for your upcoming project in New England? Call Astro Crane for more information at 978-429-8666.