Topic: Overhead Crane Dos and Don’ts and Six Misconceptions on Crane Safety

Crane safety dos and don’ts for overhead crane operation and 6 crane safety misconceptions for you to observe your overhead crane operation to ensure your crane safety.

Overhead Crane Safety: Overhead Crane Dos and Don’ts
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Overhead crane  application and operation safey

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During overhead crane operation, the Dos and Don’ts should be bear in mind, which is closely connected with overhead crane safety and performances. The overhead crane operation rules should be bear in mind for the overhead crane safety to prevent crane accidents. It is the duty for every crane operator and every worker to be conscious of the overhead crane limitations and potential dangers. Therefore, in the following, the general dos and don’ts of overhead cranes are presented for the sake of your crane safety.
Dos for overhead crane operation

Do aware of the overhead crane load limit and rated load capacity. The load limit of the overhead crane is the maximum rated load of the overhead crane. And the overloading of overhead crane limit and rated capacity of the overhead crane can be resulting in the serious crane accidents.
Do make the crane operator trained. The crane operator should be trained and qualified to operate the overhead crane.
Do point a signaler to communicate the crane operator during operation. The crane signaler has to communicate with the crane operator efficiently with hand signals, radio and other ways.
Do have a way of direct communication which enable workers on the floor or ground to talk with the crane operator, which may avoid miscommunication and improve crane safety by alerting the crane operator when the occurring of the crane emergency or the potential emergency.
Do have supervisors who supervises the crane operation. Any mis-or-improper operation or operations that may result in danger should be timely stopped and warn the crane operator or the related working staffs.
Do have the foremen, supervisors and other crane related workers trained.
Don’ts for overhead crane operation
Don’t let personal who are not familiar or not qualified to operate the overhead crane.
Don’t let unqualified personnel to communicate with the crane operator because wrong or unclear hand signals may result in serious crane accidents.
Don’t rely on one way such as hand signals to communicate with the crane operator. Hand signals are slow and may cause confusing for new or inexperienced workers when emergency occurs.
It’s prohibited to let people ride on the crane which could easily fall and get injured unless it has attachments or devices designed specifically to lift or transport people.
Don’t over load the rated capacity of the overhead crane. Even the slightly overloading is dangerous which may resulting in serious crane accidents and injuries.
Do not do anything that will distract your attention.
Do not lift, lower, or transport a load with the crane or hoist until all working staffs are out of the load and the load’s path.
Do not transport persons by the overhead crane, hoist, trolley , hoist hook, or load.
Do not hang loads over persons.
Do not use the primary upper limit devices as an operation limit with other operation limits available.
Overhead Crane Dos and Don’ts and Six Misconceptions on Crane Safety