Watch Your Head! Working Safely with Overhead Cranes

Posted on Nov 21 2017 - 1:14pm by Business Day TV

A crane used for constructionWhen dealing with heavy materials, it is essential to work with efficient tools that get the job done to make room for maximum productivity. Most, if not all, construction industries use overhead cranes to simultaneously handle steel bars, several planks of wood, and other heavy materials.

Industry expert Lampson International knows how to work with their clients as productively as possible and even surpass expectations. They are aware that using overhead cranes provide ease of positioning for heavy weldments during fabrication activities.

Keep Off of Electricity

However, caution should always be observed even with the most efficient heavy-duty tools. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that nearly 50% of overhead crane-related accidents are caused by machinery coming into contact with a power source while the operation is ongoing.

Powerline contact, which takes place when any metal part of a crane comes in contact with a high-voltage power line, usually happens when a crane moves cargo from one place to another where a power source might be nearby.

Disregarding Weight Capacity

Another critical thing customarily overlooked is considering the maximum load capacity of the crane. In general, OSHA only certifies a maximum manufactured capacity of 2,000 lbs or less.

The OSHA reported that exceeding the crane’s capacity accounted for 80% of all crane malfunctions. The institution also added that a crane upsets for every 10,000 hours of use. Operators are said to often overload and ignore the maximum capacity of the crane because of there are a lot of things happening at once during construction operations.

The OSHA advises to observe constant precautions and execute protocol taught during training. Only employees who are trained and qualified can operate overhead cranes. Always have a mindset that all power lines are energized so it will be a habit to be more careful during operations.

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