When using a construction crane, you should take all of the proper precautions in order to avoid accidents from occurring. This means inspecting your crane regularly and maintaining it so that you don’t run into any unforeseen problems. However, unfortunately, no matter how hard you try to avoid them, accidents will still take place from time to time. Here are some of the most common causes of construction crane accidents.
A crane can be in the best condition possible, but if the person controlling it isn’t careful enough or, worse, if the person controlling it is distracted while operating it, it can lead to an accident. Crane operators should be trained before turning a crane on. They should also be 100 percent focused on the crane and only the crane when using it. It will reduce the chances of human error playing a factor in an accident.
During a crane lift, the sling that is used to pick up heavy items needs to be in tip-top shape. If it’s old and not prepared to conduct a lift, it could break during the lift and cause a catastrophe. The shock that is often associated with a sling breaking can cause a crane to tip over or move around in a haphazard fashion. It can cause property damage and even injuries and death. Slings should be inspected before lifts are conducted to ensure they are up for the job.
There are many types of weather that can impact a crane. Wind is one of the biggest weather factors for a construction crane. If it’s too windy outside, a crane shouldn’t be used. Rain, snow, hail, and sleet can also impact a crane operator’s ability to work. If the weather isn’t ideal, it might be a good idea to keep the crane to the side for the day until the weather improves.
Astro Crane is all about maintaining cranes and using them as safely as possible. Call us at 978-429-8666 today if you would like to rent a construction crane for your next job site.