Mobile Crane Safety Tips
Mobile cranes are essential equipment for contractors that require to hoist building materials as they construct storey buildings. One of your primary concerns once you hire the mobile crane is how to maintain safety at the site. Read the excerpt below for some mobile crane safety tips.
Thoroughly inspect the mobile crane before taking it to your construction site. The crane's engine should be well serviced without any signs of leakage. A cracked frame could cause an accident when the crane is loaded. The crane's boom should extend and move with ease. Inspect its hydraulic system for signs of damage and air contamination. The crane's ropes should not have any wear. Besides, check the functionality of the outriggers and transmission system. If you intend to work at night, choose a crane with bright LED lights. Warning lights could also come in handy.
Ask for the crane's service reports to determine if any of the crane's parts require replacement. The report will also give a history of any problems the crane has developed in the past. Besides, it will inform you whether components such as the hydraulic system require servicing before you hire the crane. Additionally, ask for the user manual if you want your operators to manage the crane.
Conduct a site inspection to determine what kind of crane you should hire. For instance, a telescopic handler can work in narrow areas. On the other hand, a crawler crane can lift massive loads. Determine a suitable location to erect the crane. Typically, the mobile crane should not be used on soft surfaces where it could sink. The site should not have underground water or gas lines that may get damaged as the crane hoists items. Do not move the crane close to electrical cables.
The crane should be operated by licensed operators. Besides, you should have outriggers to:
- Regularly inspect the crane to ascertain all systems are functional.
- Load the crane and signal the operator when and where to hoist the loads.
- Ensure the operator lifts the loads at the right angle.
- Keep the operator aware of hazards such as blind spots, unauthorised personnel, slippery surfaces or unstable platforms.
- Service the crane by lubricating moving parts and adjusting the various controls.
Overloading the crane could cause catastrophic accidents. The hoisting rope could break, or the crane could topple. Additionally, the crane should not be used during rainy or windy weather.
General liability insurance will protect you from any liabilities caused by on-site accidents. Besides, all employees at the site should have personal protective clothing.