Minimize hazards with proper training
Advances in crane safety technology have lowered the risks of crane operation, but proper crane safety techniques practiced by crane operators, maintenance personnel and other employees continue to be of critical importance in minimizing the incidence of accidents.
Human error continues to be a major cause of crane accidents. Human error may include such factors as failing to perform regularly scheduled inspections or maintenance, personnel entering restricted areas they are not authorized to be in, momentary inattention, and exceeding the rated load capacity of a crane.
Due to their power, cranes need to be operated with respect and knowledge. All personnel responsible for crane operation need to be properly trained in crane safety techniques and crane operation for safe handling of the equipment.
Those responsible for crane maintenance also must complete training in crane safety techniques – particularly in how to conduct regular safety inspections.
Crane safety techniques for crane operators include being trained in the specific crane model or models that they are to use. The operator must have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the operating manual and to be able to fully follow instructions in the manual.
The crane operator must also be knowledgeable and proficient in safely rigging the crane, know how to maintain control of the load at all times, and be able to recognize potential hazards and how to avoid them.
At the same time, the crane supervisor must be knowledgeable in how to select a crane that is best suited for the job at hand.
Other crane safety techniques that should be included in training include ways to control load swing, the primary rules of safe crane operation, knowledge of crane operator regulations covered in OSHA 1910.179, understanding and ability to demonstrate all hand signals, precision lifts and accurate load spotting, and ability to identify and understand all major crane components and assemblies.
Konecranes offers crane operator training, maintenance courses, rigging training and more through the Konecranes Training Institute. Courses are held at the Training Institute or on-site at your location.