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Accident Prevention Tips

Accident Prevention Tips

Every lift and rigging job comes with a list of potential risks, but dedicating some extra time to accident prevention before and after each job can almost entirely eliminate them. However, most crews continue to rack up safety citations and poorly plan to avoid them in the future. To keep your crew safe and sound while on the job, here are some of the most important accident prevention tips.

Equipment Inspections

Although manufacturers forge lift and rigging equipment with heavy-duty materials designed to take on extreme tasks, every tool has its limits. Equipment inspections are crucial for accident prevention because they evaluate the capabilities of each tool and measure them against the requirements of a job. And, these inspections give crews the opportunity to examine tools for bends, breaks, or cracks that signal a need for replacement.

Job Records

When it comes to lift and rigging operations, you can never have too much information. When performing inspections of equipment, keep a complete record that you can refer to for your next job. Similarly, you should track any repairs done on your tools so your crew can make fully informed decisions when choosing which ones to grab.

Planning Sessions

Preparedness never hurt anyone on the job. Proper planning helps prevent accidents, because it minimizes the need for impromptu decisions that can easily lead to mistakes. So, before you set out to the scene, make sure that you have a concrete game plan of how you expect to handle the task. This should include a list of steps to take, every duty involved, and assigned roles for each crew member.

Question Time

During your planning session, leave time for your crew members to ask questions. This can clear up any confusion that could otherwise lead to accidents on the job. Whether they have questions about a piece of equipment or questions on how to handle a certain step in the lift and rigging plan, you need to dedicate time to ensuring that everyone in the crew walks away with clarity.

Safe Zones

Once you arrive on site, make sure your crew understands which areas are off limits. For example, if anyone previously roped off a plot of the job site you’re working on, you need to warn your crew members yourself. Even if it seems obvious that certain areas aren’t permitted for your workers, you can easily improve your accident prevention just by taking a few extra minutes to clarify.

Site Inspections

You should always evaluate the equipment needed for a particular job, but don’t forget to evaluate the actual job site as well. Uneven terrain, slippery surfaces, or the aftermath of inclement weather can present a number of hazards that your crew must face.

At Florida Wire & Rigging, we understand the importance of accident prevention and keeping every crew informed. That’s why we offer on-site training to improve accident prevention on the job. Whether you want insight on the latest safety measures or tips on specialized equipment usage, we provide the lessons that save lives. For more information, call us today at 800-846-0309.