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How To Identify A Safety Conscious Crane Company

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Cranes can accomplish incredible construction feats and make some projects infinitely easier, but they can be dangerous in the wrong hands. A crane accident in New York, NY, in March of 2008, claimed the lives of seven people and another in May led to the death of two more. It is essential that crane companies make safety their first priority.

In this article, learn the most common hazards involving crane use and how to ensure that the company you hire takes steps to prevent them:

Know the Risks

Crane accidents have led to some major disasters – even in the last decade. Before searching for a crane company, you should know how and why things can go wrong.

The most common causes of crane accidents include:

  • Power lines. High-voltage power lines are a serious obstacle for large cranes. Contact with an energized line can result in serious and potentially fatal injuries to the crane operator and anyone in close proximity to the crane.
  • Overloading. Lifting loads improperly, that are too heavy, or while using defective equipment can cause cranes to topple over, causing very serious accidents.
  • Falling materials. Causes of falling materials can include operator error, the improper securing of materials and mechanical failure. Cranes are used to hoist and move very heavy loads and dropping those loads unexpectedly can cause catastrophic damages, to the site and the workers.

Understanding the potential risks involved with crane use can help you make an educated decision about the crane company you select to work on your project.

Selecting a Safe Crane Company

Before selecting a crane company, you should investigate their safety protocol. Verify that the company employs preventative safety measures including:

  • Proper site planning. Pre-job planning helps eliminate potential hazards and prevents accidents, particularly those involving power lines. Find out who the site planner is and meet them at the site to discuss an overall safety plan.
  • Proper operator training. Operator training is essential in preventing errors like overloading. Ask the company about operator training and certifications. Operators should be well-versed in load dynamics and capacities.
  • Regular equipment inspection. Hazards like falling materials are often caused by mechanical failure. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that cranes be inspected daily by operators to ensure they are working properly. Hoists should also be carefully inspected and maintained.

Safety regulations can vary from state to state and additional requirements are mandated by OSHA. Ask the crane company to discuss those regulations with you prior to making your selection.

Crane accidents can be prevented. Keep your workers and your project safe by using the information in this article to ensure that your crane company takes safety seriously.

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22 January 2015