Fundamental Safety Practices to Observe When Using Mobile Cranes

20 September 2016
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The construction industry is ever growing, and contractors are constantly looking for ways to complete projects in a timely and cost-efficient manner without compromising on quality. Mobile cranes are among the most versatile equipment in the construction world. They facilitate lifting and moving of materials and equipment on the project site. The use of mobile cranes comes with the risk of accidents during rigging and transportation. These can be avoided by observing the following safety practices before and after using mobile cranes.

Lift planning

There is need to plan all the anticipated lifts before beginning the construction work every day. Determine the weights of the loads and the maximum heights and radius of the lifts. Use a crane scale to measure the weight of equipment. If you have two or more mobile cranes with different weight and height capacities, this will help you assign the loads to the various cranes. Also, it can help you save time by determining all the materials that require being transported to a particular location on the site. This way, you can save time by making one instead of multiple trips to the same place.

Site assessment

Site assessment is a critical step before the use of mobile cranes. Some ground conditions can threaten the stability of mobile cranes during operation and increase the risk of accidents and destruction of equipment and materials. Assess the areas where the crane will be used to ensure the ground is stable and secure. Also, ensure there are no overhead power lines above the area of operation of the crane as this can pose a risk of electrocution to the operator and other workers. De-energizing the ground can help prevent the risk of electrocution.

Crane inspection

A mobile crane should always be inspected before the commencement of the construction work. Inspections should be aimed at ensuring the following:

  • All moving parts are properly lubricated.
  • Rigging and lifting components and devices are in good physical condition. Signs of wear, breakage, or defect should be addressed as they can compromise the lift.
  • The crane's tires are properly inflated and in good shape.
  • All of the crane's controls, sensors, and safety devices are operational.

Any defective parts should be repaired or replaced before use to prevent the risk of accidents on the site. Manufacturer-specified inspections and maintenance should be carried out as required to extend the crane's life and promote efficiency.

Observe these measures when using mobile cranes on your construction site to ensure safety and reduce downtime as a result of equipment failure or accidents.