We know cranes are fundamental to construction; they move, hoist and lift substantially heavy loads. But, as one of the largest pieces of equipment on any worksite, cranes need to be paid particular attention to in regards to safety, maintenance and usage. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 1997-2006, crane accidents were the cause of 818 fatalities. As an employer, it is your responsibility to properly maintain and inspect the cranes on your worksite and inform your employees about crane safety.
General safety procedures require you to rate and make clear the load capacity for each hoist, provide clearance on either side of the crane and permit only designated operators to utilize it. Also, remember to caution workers to be wary of their surroundings when working around cranes, particularly ones in use.
It is important to carefully examine your crane before each use. On a daily basis, you should inspect:
If you or an inspector notice a problem with a crane, you must discontinue use until adequate repairs, done by qualified personnel, are completed. All new or altered cranes should then be tested in the following areas: hoisting, lowering, trolley and bridge travel, safety and locking devices and loading.
It is your responsibility to inform and prepare your workers to properly inspect, utilize and maintain cranes. Poorly maintained or defective cranes can cause harm or even death to your employees. Protect them by taking the proper precautions before, during and after use.
For more information about crane safety, please contact your agency or local Amerisure Loss Control Consultant at 800-257-1900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.