Cranes, while they vary in size, are often large pieces of lifting equipment that will be working with heavy loads on a daily basis, not to mention the employees and workers that will be in the vicinity of cranes. Making sure that your cranes and your lifting operations are conducted safely are therefore of prime importance. Below we have looked at some of the reasons why many crane accidents are preventable.
Be proactive, not reactive
Unfortunately, it’s human nature to be reactive rather than proactive. We wait until something has happened or gone wrong until we decided to actually do something about it. You only have to Google “crane accidents” to become awash with dozens of YouTube compilation videos of crane accidents from around the world.
Some were even so notable that they have their own dedicated Wikipedia page! Make sure that you take your crane and your lifting operation seriously, and take a proactive approach to putting everything in place to prevent any accidents.
People don’t follow the guidelines
There are many rules and regulations in place that relate to cranes and the way that they should be operated, but too many people don’t take the time to read these. If you’re looking for good advice on how to safely use your crane, following the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) guidelines.
It’s also crucial to only stick to the safe working load of your crane, as recommended to you by the manufacturer. Many people try and push their crane just that little but further thinking it won’t do any harm, but guidelines and recommendations are in place for a reason!
Protecting your workers from Crane Accidents
It’s important that your workers have plenty of personal protective equipment when they are working with cranes. Simple things such as helmets, gloves and the right shoes can go a long way in helping to prevent any unnecessary accidents.
It’s important that your workers have personal protective equipment when working with cranes
Using common sense!
It seems obvious, but it’s always common sense that prevails! Make sure the area around your crane is clear, that it isn’t operating on an uneven surface, and that it looks like it’s still in a good operating condition. You’ll be amazed how many accidents happen because of a lapse in good judgement.
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