Tips for Staying Safe – Crane and Hoist Safety
We here at HoistCam have mentioned many reasons why our cameras on cranes can be so beneficial to almost any construction project, job site, roofing job, etc. Among those reasons are: cameras on cranes can save time by reducing the time needed for each lift, cameras on cranes can save money by reducing the amount of equipment damage from accidents, and cameras on cranes can increase security by providing surveillance of the entire job site. All of these reasons are important, but of course the most valid reason of all for using HoistCam’s cameras on cranes is the added safety for each and every job. Here are a few safety tips for crane and hoist safety, and an explanation of how HoistCam’s cameras on cranes can help increase safety.
There are thousands of lost time accidents each year because of injuries that occurred while working near or with cranes, hoists, and other such equipment. As pointed out, there are always rules in place to help prevent such accidents. Here are some of the tips given in the article:
- Stay alert and pay attention to the warning signal from overhead hoisting equipment.
- Never stand or walk under a load, whether it’s moving or stationary.
- Always warn others of moving and approaching overhead loads.
- Never attempt to distract signal persons or operators of the overhead equipment while they are performing their jobs.
- Always obey warning signs, especially those that are posted in critical areas. Now let’s discuss the safety rules for operators, signal persons and hookup crews.
- Check to see that the equipment you are about to operate has been properly inspected and is certified for operation.
- Perform an operational inspection as required for that piece of equipment.
- Test the warning signal or device to make sure it is working properly.
- Never operate a crane that is unsafe.
- Before starting work, check the brakes and all controls.
- Never permit an unauthorized person to operate the crane or give the signals.
- Always be sure that the operator and signal persons are in direct and clear view, or in communication by phone.
- Never carry a load over other workers.
- Always use warning signals before and during moves.
- Never allow anyone to ride on the load or hooks.
- If a load appears to be slung improperly, lower it and have it adjusted.
- When oiling, adjusting or repairing the equipment, always lock the main control in the off position or have someone guard it.
Now, if we go back over this list, and imagine that this applies to a job site where HoistCam’s cameras on cranes are in play, it is easy to see how they can add a great deal of safety to the site. While each of these tips should still be followed, knowing that the crane operator can see every step of each load, that a site manager can see the entire job site, and that they are watching the monitors closely to ensure that your safety is protected will improve the chances of a safe work environment by a great deal. Having cameras on cranes can alert crane operators and managers to a potential problem much more quickly, giving them time to react and remove the threat. This knowledge is sure to make everyone feel safer.