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Tips For Tackling Your First Crane Operation Safely

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With so many safety hazards to face on a construction site, it's important that you're taking responsibility for the things that you can control. Cranes are one of the major safety hazards found on construction sites, because they pose serious concerns when not handled properly. If you've never worked around cranes or you're unfamiliar with some of the best practices, you should take some time to understand them before you get started. Here's a look at some of the things that you can do to help ensure that your job site is safe, even while the cranes are in operation.

Proper Planning is Essential

Never underestimate the benefits of careful planning before you put a crane into active operation. This gives you the chance to identify the route that the crane will take to get items where they're going. When you know the path the crane will follow, you can clear it out and ensure that it's safe.

Walk the entire route to look for any hazards that could prove problematic. The proactive approach with this walkthrough may help you avoid serious injuries later. Have the crane operator walk this path with you, because he or she has the expertise to know what could be problematic, even if you don't immediately recognize it.

During this planning stage, you should also allocate all of your resources. You're going to need spotters, flaggers and people along the transportation route to keep it clear. Once you've identified the team, provide everyone with written documentation of the path and include the signaling expectations for the crane operation. Make sure everyone has paperwork that shows the flags, signs and signals required and what they mean. Communication isn't easy when you're dealing with cranes, so make sure there's plenty of clear visual signals.

Sufficient Oversight is Beneficial

Keeping everyone safe during crane operation requires a commitment to safety from start to finish. One of the best things you can do is to put a crane supervisor in place who can oversee the entire operation. This individual is responsible for monitoring operations at all times and ensuring that your safety protocols are followed. You should have a supervisor onsite at all times when you are going to be using the crane. If you're not familiar, crane supervisors are actually certified to provide supervisory oversight of lifting operations and construction site tasks.

As you can see, using a crane from a company like Cook Crane Corp on your job site is about far more than just jumping in and moving things. With the tips here, you can help keep your staff safe and still get the job done on time.