How To Use An Overhead Crane Safely

All cranes can be very dangerous to use and overhead cranes are no different. If you are using an overhead crane rental, it's important to follow safety procedures so that you can avoid any accidents. 

Operating the Crane

It's important to make sure that the crane is operated by a professional crane operator who will be able to move the crane in a safe manner. Mechanical failure, visual impairment, or incompetency can lead to the crane accidentally causing objects to fall on workers nearby. Falling objects can cause serious injuries. 

A common reason why objects fall is because of the use of secondary braking. When there is a primary load failure, the secondary brake will protect the load from falling. However, this load is only supposed to allow the operator to lower the load so the brake can be fixed. Simply using the secondary brake can lead to the load falling and causing injuries. 

Inspecting the Crane

To make sure the crane is safe, it must be inspected every day to make sure that it is in good condition. Before operating the crane, the operator must verify that the area is clear, that the crane looks like it is operational, and that there are no signs that the crane might need repairs. If you will be using a crane rental, you will either need to hire a crane operator or have someone working for you with the right training.

Overloading the Crane

A crane is rated in regard to how much weight it can carry. Overloading the crane can cause a dangerous situation. The crane might topple over and cause someone to become injured. The crane might also not be able to hold the weight of the object being transported and might drop the object and cause serious injuries.  

Maneuvering the Crane

One of the most common risks with an overhead crane is overhead power lines. Power lines must not be energized when there is a risk that the crane might come into contact with them. There are local safety regulations that determine the safe distance between the power lines and the crane. 

Cranes and hoists are supposed to lift straight up and straight down. The crane should not pull sideways because this can lead to the wire rope coming out of its groove and this can lead to damage. It can place stress on the rope and can cause the rope to eventually snap dropping the cargo being lifted by the crane.

For more information, contact a crane service near you.