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Crane Safety Tips

Safety is the cornerstone of every successful construction project and crane safety is central to this. When it comes to tower cranes and self erecting tower cranes, compliance with the latest safety requirements is paramount to the safe operation of the crane on site. Adherence to safety standards, regular inspections, and proper training are essential for preventing accidents and ensuring the efficient operation of the crane on site. Below we outline some tips on crane safety on construction sites.

Choose the right crane for the job

Crane capacity, height, working radius, site conditions and loads to be lifted will all determine what crane is chosen for the construction project. Consult with the crane hire specialists and consider all these factors to choose a crane that will operate efficiently and effectively.

Follow Manufacturers Guidelines

Always consult the operator manuals as different manufacturers and crane models may have unique load capacities, safety mechanisms, counterweights, and operator controls.

Ensure crane operators are qualified

Only qualified and trained personnel are allowed to operate the crane. They must be certified and have experience operating the specific crane model.

Carry out pre-operation inspections

A detailed inspection of the crane should be completed before each use. The inspector should check for evidence of damage or wear and tear.

Be aware of load capacities

The crane operator should be aware of the crane’s load capacity and must never exceed it. The manufacturers’ load charts will detail the capacity of the specific crane model.

Ensure ground conditions are stable

A stable foundation is needed for self erecting and tower cranes. The crane foundation should be constructed/prepared according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Monitor Weather Conditions

Changing weather conditions should be monitored when operating a crane. Strong winds affect the stability of the crane and even moderate winds will have an impact on the load being lifted. Here we outline the guidelines for operating a self erecting crane in windy conditions: https://www.mantiscranesgroup.com/2022/11/10/self-erecting-tower-crane-in-windy-conditions/

Operate clear communication protocols

The crane operator and ground personnel/banksman should always be in communication with each other. Proper use of hand signals and radio communications will allow the banksman to communicate information to the operator throughout the lift.

Carry out regular maintenance

A routine maintenance schedule for cranes on site will identify potential defects and damage before they pose a safety issue.

Use an anti-collision system

Use an anti-collision system to avoid collisions between the crane and other structures on site.

Use correct PPE

PPE is fundamental to workers’ safety on construction sites. Common types of PPE essential for crane workers: hard hat, high vis clothing, gloves, steel toe boots and harness.

Have a safety plan in place

To help safeguard the safety of workers, each construction site should have a safety plan in place that is practical, realistic, and that takes into account the challenges of crane operations.

Always follow manufacturers’ guidelines and adhere to all safety standards to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of all personnel on-site. Employ a reputable crane hire company with a proven track record and extensive experience that will contribute to the success of your construction project.

Mantis Cranes are a leading crane hire company, and supply self-erecting tower cranes, tower cranes, luffing tower cranes, and construction hoists. We are established throughout the UK and Ireland. For information on hiring or buying cranes and crane attachments, email us on info@mantiscranes.co.uk or info@mantiscranes.ie  or visit  www.mantiscranesgroup.com

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