When it comes to operating a crane, safety must be the number one priority. Knowing how to handle mobile cranes, in addition to finding the safest approach to executing heavy lifts, are some of the duties that are expected from an experienced crane operator. While there are specifics regarding how to handle a particular type of load, some recommendations stay the same. In this first part, we’ll show you the commandments you must follow before starting to operate.
The 10 Commandments of a Crane Operator (I)
1. Don’t Forget About the Fluids
Gas, oil, fluid levels, and more. In the same way you regularly check your car before driving, you should always keep an eye on the fluid conditions of the mobile crane truck, as well as the crane system itself. You should not jump on a crane before doing a check-up first.
2. Keep an Eye on the Truck Status
As you are taking a look at the fluid levels of the crane, you should also search for any issues in the mechanical, electrical, structural or hydraulic system of the mobile crane truck. This is to ensure that you won’t encounter any issues during operation.
3. Read the Load Charts
Stay informed about the capabilities and limitations of the equipment you are about to operate. This will help you organize and accommodate the loads accordingly.
4. The Site Must Suit Your Needs
In addition to knowing the limitations of the equipment you are about to operate, you should also take a look at the conditions of the ground you will be working on. Make sure that the site is able to provide the support that the crane and the loads will need.
5. Always Use the Adequate Support
After checking the conditions of the site, your must ensure that your crane setup allows sufficient strength to prevent crushing, bending, or shear failure, and also you count on the right thickness, width, and length to completely support the load. Make sure to set your pads, mats, and cribbings appropriately.
These recommendations should be made before starting to lift your load so no issues will arise during operation. In part II, we will look at the must-do’s while you are already working.