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The Most Common Overhead Crane Hazards

The Most Common Overhead Crane Hazards

Up, down, left, and right, lift and rigging crews are seemingly surrounded by hazards. Fortunately, preparing for and being aware of the potential dangers inside each job can significantly lower the chances of an accident and help crewmembers handle the ones that still manage to slip through the cracks. To educate your workers on the risks specific to overhead cranes, take a look at the most common cautions that your crew needs to be on the lookout for.  

Overhead Crane Hazards

Because of the extreme height requirements some overhead crane jobs require, these projects often come with fairly unique risks. While there are numerous cautions for crewmembers to keep in mind, the three most common overhead crane hazards include: 

  • Falling objects – As an overhead crane towers higher, the risk of objects falling becomes increasingly detrimental to crewmembers. However, workers have to consider not only the risk of falling materials, such as tools and gear, but also the risk of a falling load. Often the cause of slippage from improper load security or line tension, falling materials is a serious and costly hazard to prepare for. 
  • Electrical accident – Overhead cranes are largely made of metal, and unfortunately, this creates a large risk of electrical accident for workers operating them near power sources. For example, when an overhead crane contacts a power line, the operator and other crewmembers near the area are at risk of electrocution. 
  • Crane overload – Every piece of lift and rigging equipment has a maximum capacity. Because overhead cranes are no exception to this rule, overloading a crane presents a major hazard for crewmembers. Overloading a crane, however, can technically happen even when the load doesn’t exceed capacity. For example, crews can also overload cranes by side loading, drag loading, or quickly swinging a load.  

Overhead Crane Safety 

Minimizing the chance of accident is easy when your crew has a set of safety standards in place. Here are some tips to always keep in mind when using an overhead crane. 

  • Always adhere to load lifting limits.
  • Regularly inspect your cranes and other equipment.
  • Never lift or move loads over crewmembers.
  • Don’t let an incompetent person operate a crane. 

To get even more professional advice from industry-leading lift and rigging providers, consult the experts at Florida Wire & Rigging. We supply top-of-the-line equipment to industrial crews, but we also offer training seminars to teach your workers how to property use every tool in order to avoid accident. For more information, contact us today at 800-432-2269.