Crane and Hoist Safety
There are important safety rules that must be followed by everyone who works with or near Cranes or Hoists.
First let's talk about the safety precautions for workers in the operating areas of cranes or hoists, but who are not directly involved with their operation or use. Stay alert and pay attention to the warning signal from overhead hoisting equipment.
The work of riggers and hookup crews is extremely important, because much of the safe operation of overhead cranes and hoists depends upon their knowledge and skill.
All members of the crew must know their job responsibilities and the proper procedures. Correct placement of the sling or choker, or of the chain, contribute to safe lift travel and positioning of the load. The placement controls the balance and how the system will handle on the hook throughout the operation.
Sometimes the crew must determine whether a tag line is needed to control the motion and position of the load while it's in the air. Knowing how to place and manipulate the tag line safely requires skill and alertness.
Safe operation of crane and hoisting equipment requires efficient teamwork and a thorough knowledge of the skills involved.
If all of us do our jobs well and safely, there is no reason why the injuries and deaths caused by working with or near cranes, hoists and similar equipment cannot be virtually eliminated.