Before you rent a crane for your next job, you need to make sure any of your employees that will be operating the crane know how to do so safely. After all, if the crane picks up a load that isn't properly secure, it puts any nearby workers in danger. So, you need to make sure that all of your crane operators are trained properly and understand how to operate a crane safely. You can help keep your employees safe by reviewing these safety tips with all of your crane operators.
Using Hand Signals
When you're operating a crane, you can't hear people who are working on the ground. So, it's extremely important for your crane operators and anyone working with them to understand commonly used hand signals before you rent a crane. A few of the more common ones include:
- Extending the arm down while pointing at the ground with the first two fingers and moving your hand in a small circle lets crane operator know to lower the crane.
- Lifting the arm up, bent at a 90-degree angle with your first finger pointing towards the sky and moving your hand in a small circle tells the crane operator to hoist the crane.
- Holding your arm straight out, palm facing the ground, tells the crane operator to stop.
- Holding your arm straight out with your palm facing down and moving your arm left and right quickly indicates an emergency stop.
Memorized hand signals are important for anyone working around or operating a crane. However, it's also extremely important that only one employee at a time works as a signaler. If you have multiple people signaling your crane operator, it can be too confusing. If you have more than one person signaling the crane operator, you should have your employees wear badges so that the crane operator knows whose signals he or she should follow first.
Taking Safety Precautions
You can't assume that all of your employees understand the dangers of working near a crane. Even if something seems like it should be common sense, it might not be something that a newer worker knows. To avoid accidents, teach your employees to take these safety precautions:
- Look for power lines before lifting a load with the crane.
- Avoid lifting loads near stacked supplies that could easily be knocked over.
- Try to keep the load low to the ground while it's being moved.
- Don't work underneath a crane or ride on the hook of a crane.
The fact is, working near or operating a crane can be dangerous. If you don't feel like your employees are able to work with a crane safely, you should consider using a crane service that provides operators for the equipment. You need experienced crane operators and workers on the job to keep everyone safe.