The use of cranes in the construction and manufacturing industries plays a crucial role in the way companies operate. Crane systems enable safer and more effortless operation when transporting products and bulk materials. But what happens when the very machine that is supposed to make work easier and safer is no longer safe? How does an operator determine the safety of a crane?
Despite the benefits these machines offer, there is still a high risk of injury if proper precautions are not taken. Preventive action should be on every crane operator's agenda, so it's important to recognize potential hazards and take safety procedures seriously. Standard safety inspections aren't just for regulatory compliance—they're life-saving procedures.
There is a wide variety of cranes on the market and with the wide variety, there are many opportunities for accidents. Safety inspections are, of course, conducted to meet both government standards and company standards. Yet these compliance procedures leave very little room for error. According to OSHA 1910.179, frequent and periodic inspections are required for the proper operation of crane systems, regardless of type. These inspections ensure there are no cracks due to excessive wear, electrical cables running through the crane are not damaged, bolts are not loose, and the list goes on. Any crane failure can result in injury if an operator does not correct these findings during a routine safety inspection.
Knowing the environment is safe enables employees to reach their full potential. Doubts create a breeding ground for error. Knowing that a crane is fully operational and certified safe gives confidence in the worker's ability to use the system.
While this additional step of inspecting cranes may seem mundane, due to the nature in which cranes are used, shortcuts should not be taken. If an overhead crane fails while lifting and moving a heavy product or object, not only can there be property damage and repair costs, but it can also result in serious injury or death. For this reason, the maintenance and inspection of an antenna system should not be taken lightly. The risk assessment enables the promise that operations will run smoothly, which is important for any successful business.
Conducting routine screening establishes the habit of maintaining a safe workplace. This will help companies meet safety standards, which will ultimately reduce workplace accidents. Accidents will happen. However, frequent and proper crane safety inspections will ensure that the next accident will not be someone's last.