Overhead Crane Cab Location

OSHA Overhead & Gantry Crane Regulations

When you’re installing your new crane, something often overlooked is cab location. OSHA lays out specific requirements for clearance, lighting and fire safety. Konecranes experts are thoroughly trained in crane regulations and can help determine the exact location for your cab for you.

OSHA 1910.179 Overhead & Gantry Cranes Regulations

(the following excerpt taken directly from OSHA 1910.179)

Cab location

The general arrangement of the cab and the location of control and protective equipment shall be such that all operating handles are within convenient reach of the operator when facing the area to be served by the load hook, or while facing the direction of travel of the cab. The arrangements shall allow the operator a full view of the load hook in all positions.

 The cab shall be located to afford a minimum of 3 inches clearance from all fixed structures within its area of possible movement.

Access to crane

Access to the cab and/or bridge walkway shall be by a conveniently placed fixed ladder, stairs, or platform requiring no step over any gap exceeding 12 inches. Fixed ladders shall be in conformance with the American National Standard Safety Code for Fixed Ladders, ANSI A14.3-1956.

Fire extinguisher

Carbon tetrachloride extinguishers shall not be used.


Light in the cab shall be sufficient to enable the operator to see clearly enough to perform his work.

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*The foregoing OSHA regulations are not intended to be a comprehensive overview of all applicable regulations pertaining to the designated topic.  State laws may mandate different safety and maintenance standards.  Accordingly, please consult applicable state laws as well as original equipment manufacturer specifications for further guidance.  The statements and descriptions contained herein constitute the opinion/recommendation of the seller and are not intended to create any express warranties.