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We thought we would start our blog with one of the most important topics in any construction industry, but specifically the crane industry. SAFETY!
Safety is our #1 goal at CDH Rentals. We take multiple precautions and steps to ensure our equipment and operators are safe during the jobs they perform. In the news their are a lot of crane accidents across the country that may have been able to be prevented. Therefore, we would like to share 3 safety tips that any crane operator should know.
At any job site, safety, should be the #1 concern. Every party involved should be aware of the safety guidelines and procedures before any project is started. Each day their are numerous people, objects and challenges that are present, the goal is to keep all of these items safe and have everyone on the same page.
When hiring a crane operator or if you are already a crane operator, here are key items the crane operators should be aware of:
- Knowledge of the Equipment – Every crane operator should be aware of the crane’s lift capacity and load chart. Knowing how to read a load chart is critical in performing the lift. A load chart will provide: dimensions and weight, lift capacity, lift range, lift angle and crane in motion. All of these items are imperative when operating a crane and should be looked over before the project begins. This will avoid an accident, the crane from tipping over and or a boom collapse.
- Be Aware of the Load – Understand the size and what equipment is needed for the load. Will this project require chains, ropes or wires for the lift? All of these types of equipment need to be rated as well. Are they strong enough to hold the load? All of this comes into play, so the wires, ropes or chains do not snap during the lift.
- Become Familiar with the Job Site – When entering a job site, always meet the other crew members and perform a thorough inspection of the area. Are there any power lines overhead? Is an electrician available to de-energize them if necessary? Do you have the proper feet of clearance from any overhead objects? Be aware of the schedules of other operators, so no collision occurs.
These are just a few of the items that the crane operator needs to be aware of when performing any job and when they arrive at any job site.
Here are other safety guidelines to follow as well:
- Crane Operators are required to maintain their NCCCO
- Be aware of the rules and regulations of the state you are working in
- Have knowledge of the conditions on the job site – such as personnel changes, etc.
- Pay attention to the weather
- Maintain your crane’s gas, oil and other fluid levels
- Know the proximity of the buildings around you
- Use appropriate cribbing and pads – Proper cribbing & pads are needed to avoid having an outrigger fail or sink when they are performing a lift
Here is a list of items that will protect you while you are at work –
- Safety Goggles – Protects your eyes from floating debris of all types
- Hard Hat – Protects your head from any falling objects
- Yellow Safety Vest – Important to wear so you are visible to the crew
- Steel-toed Boots – Protects your toes from objects that may fall near your feet
- Ear Plugs – Protects your hearing and foreigns objects getting in your ears
- Gloves – Keeps your hands safe from object with rough edges and chemicals
- Face Mask/Respirator – Protects your lungs from fumes and gas
These tips are essential in keeping yourself, the crew and bystanders from being safe on every job site. Be safe out there!