Cranes are one of the more helpful tools in the construction and heavy loading industries. They can all have the ability to make many jobs much easier by lifting enormous weight, but they also share the potential for disaster when they are not operated safely and not following the rules. Crane-related accidents can often be deadly, due to the heavy loads that are lifted. A small miscalculation, or a brief moment of inattention, and tragedy could strike. Once a load falls, not much can be done to stop it, and there is little time for people to move safely out of the way. A coworker could be injured or killed, and expensive equipment or materials could be damaged or destroyed. With our training product "Crane Safety" you learn many safety related items including how human error is responsible for a majority of all crane-related accidents. It's these types of incidents that we hope our training materials are used to prevent.
Three Of the Most Common Causes of Crane Accidents. You will notice how much human error plays into these accidents:
- Crane buckling or collapsing - All cranes have weight limits to ensure that the crane will not tip over. To counterbalance the weight, cranes use counterweight and out-rigging systems. If the maximum weight is exceeded the crane will be in danger of either buckling or the boom may collapse.
- Improper Crane Assembly - One of the biggest reasons that a boom collapses is improper assembly. Specifically if the crane does not have the proper blocking (wood or metal supports) to stabilize the load, the unbalanced load will move and may lead to the crane collapsing.
- Improper employee training - Operators who do not have the proper training in crane operation and safety procedures may lead to crane accidents. Employers should make sure employees are trained and have completed OSHA safety courses specifically related to crane operations. "