Cranes are heavy pieces of equipment that are common on construction sights. They can result in serious injuries if workers do not take them seriously. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identified cranes as a special issue that needs addressing in the construction industry. The safety tips recommended by OSHA will be elaborated on below.
OSHA warns workers to inspect cranes thoroughly before use. They must be confirmed to be able to carry the loads they will be used for to prevent head injuries and fractures in case a load is dropped, or a worker is struck. Another common concern is when the boom of the crane contacts a power line.
OSHA recommends workers confirm that all crane controls are operational and responsive before using it. It also recommends that workers confirm that all chains, hooks, and wires are free from damage, which could impact controls.
OSHA advises crane operators to avoid lifting loads above workers and to fully extend all outriggers for increased stability. It is critical that crane operators know the weight of the loads they will be handling and the weight limit of the crane itself. You don’t want to risk straining the machine.
OSHA also advises against wrapping the load in ropes or chains, to prevent swinging debris that could strike workers. OSHA also recommends that crane operators be aware of all power lines in the area to avoid contact. A significant number of fatalities are caused when cranes come in contact with overhead power lines.
If you were injured on the job, then you may want to speak with an attorney. Whether the injury was a fractured limb or head trauma, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. A lawyer can help you file for benefits and ensure that you receive them as soon as possible.