Completing a project on time and below budget are two of the many major tasks that project managers, contractors, and project owners carry on their shoulders. However, some materials and methods that at first appear to be faster or cheaper may actually require more time and expense in the long run and should never overshadow safety policies and protocols. For example, understanding the potential dangers associated with crane operations can go a long way toward preventing life-threatening injuries to operators and other construction workers, as well as nearby civilians.
Focusing on Crane Rental Safety
Certified operators: Your first consideration should be to ensure that every person who operates the crane has been certified by an OSHA-accredited crane operator testing organization. Those who have obtained their Certified Crane Operator License have the knowledge to use the crane in the safest manner possible.
Site safety plans: Before approaching a crane rental company, check the conditions at the job site—the weather forecast as well as the layout and condition of the ground—to create your site safety plans. By evaluating the worksite, you’ll be better prepared to rent the appropriate crane equipment. You’ll also be able to determine the flow of worker foot traffic and heavy equipment traffic to avoid collisions and swinging loads into employees.
Crane assembly and dismantling procedures: Your efforts to promote safe working conditions should include the safe construction and dismantling of all cranes at the job site, including self-erecting and city cranes. Crane collapse is one of the top hazards that inflicts potentially life-threatening injuries on employees and the nearby public, with the almost inevitable domino effect of lawsuits, missed deadlines, and budget overruns. You can reduce this risk and increase workplace safety by following the proper assembly and dismantling procedures.
Equipment inspection and maintenance before and during use: Create a checklist of equipment inspection tasks to ensure that crane rental equipment functions properly. While inspecting equipment before operation is standard procedure, you should also create and follow an inspection schedule to spot potential issues while the equipment is in use. An ounce of such prevention—uncovering hidden problems and implementing proper maintenance procedures—is worth a pound of cure dealing with expensive delays to repair or replace damaged equipment.
Lift planning: For effective crane rental safety, lift planning is vital. Post these plans prominently so everyone at the worksite is aware of the crane operations schedule and can take the appropriate safety measures. Your lift plans should conform to the crane load charts and delegate workers to direct heavy equipment traffic around crane operations. Following these two procedures will help prevent crane failure and accidents.
Reducing Construction Accidents
Construction crane accidents can lead to injuries, death, and liabilities—but they are not inevitable. Worksites that practice crane safety procedures can eliminate most of the potential hazards so the construction project can proceed unimpeded by crane accidents. By following the proper crane safety procedures, you may even complete your project on time and under budget!