Cranes are equipment that is very complex to use. Operators handling this equipment are required to undergo rigid training to ensure proper equipment usage. Improper use of cranes and other equipment can lead to equipment failure and workplace accidents.
To guarantee the safety of the personnel involved in the production work and prolong the lifespan of your cranes, here are some safety tips from reputable overhead crane suppliers in UAE and manufacturing industry leaders:
- Know your equipment’s limit
Some people think that machines are invincible and they can be utilized beyond their limits. But like humans, all equipment has their limits and going beyond the specified limitations can lead to machine failure, early deterioration, and most of all, workplace accidents. To prevent such things from happening, it would be best that everybody knows the equipment limits set by OSHA and the manufacturers. In terms of cranes, you need to know the loading capacity and limits of the switch.
- Read usage instruction properly
This tip may be considered as a cliché one, but more often than not, it is one of the most ignored pointers in the industry. Some people find reading the manual a tedious task and would rather proceed knowing the machine by the operating the equipment. But this can be a bad practice and would also put the operator at risk. It would be best to know the manufacturer’s manual and learn the proper instructions and safety guidelines in using the equipment.
- Designate an inspector
This task is usually assigned to the crane operator. However, industry leaders advise production managers to get a qualified inspector to verify the finding of the operator and also provide additional recommendations for usage and maintenance. He can also do a much thorough inspection to check if the crane operator missed something during this initial check.
- Conduct pre-shift inspections
Another thing that some operators forget or ignored to do is to conduct a pre-shift inspection before using the equipment. A pre-shift inspection would inform the next operator of the standing condition of the equipment and if the crane is good for use during his shift. It is also the responsibility of the assigned crane operator to inform his superiors if he finds something is wrong with the equipment.
- Do equipment upgrades
Over time, spare parts and other components of the crane become strained and weak. If this is not attended, it could lead to machine breakdown and accidents. Make it a habit to upgrade the equipment and do replacements before it is broken down and beyond repair.
Read more about proper crane usage here.