Use these tips, adapted from an article by Safety Management Group to help ensure safer crane operation on your worksites:
1. Use a certified operator. Even though operator certification is not yet required, safety-conscious contractors and owners would be wise to use identical standards on their jobsites immediately. Riggers also should be properly trained on setting the crane up for the specific load and circumstances.
2. Inspect, inspect and inspect. Annual inspections are not enough. Check operating functions daily to ensure everything is working properly and there are no defects or cracks in the support members. Today’s cranes use materials that are less tolerant of mishandling. Longtime operators are often surprised to discover that the tricks they used to push cranes beyond the limits in the past can easily create very dangerous situations with newer cranes.