Crane SafetyThere are currently more than 200,000 cranes in operation in the US construction and maritime industries. And while crane technology continues to improve, it is important that operators, supervisors, and regulators always look to improve crane safety. Some rules of safety when operating a crane include:
- Preparing a load chart, and knowing how much weight a crane can handle;
- Testing the hoist;
- Preventing anyone from entering within the crane’s swing radius; and
- Ensuring the proper set-up and stability of the outriggers.
- Standard preparations for a load chart, in order to know how much weight a crane can handle;
- Hoist tests for stability and functionality;
- Establishing barriers to prevent anyone from entering within the swing radius; and
- Ensuring the proper set-up, stability, and maintenance of the outriggers.
- Regulations also state that a crane operator must be at least 18 years of age.