Whether you are a business owner or an employee, you are well aware there is nothing more important than safety on a job site. Following proper safety protocol can make or break the reputation of a company, therefore it is important to ensure your staff is properly trained to perform a job effectively, efficiently and most of all, safely.
Operating a crane is an important job with a lot of responsibility and risk and the person behind the controls should be beyond knowledgeable about the equipment. Knowing the control panel inside and out is imperative and being well versed in crane safety specifically, is more important than anything.
Moving heavy loads at a construction or manufacturing site is completely unavoidable. While technology has certainly advanced over the years, carefully executed, high quality training and precautions are significantly necessary for workers and operators alike.
Here are 8 very important qualities you should expect from effective crane safety training:
1. Register Notices
Every crane in operation should be federally registered and those operating cranes are required by any reputable company to be certified to operate such machinery under any jobsite conditions. This includes both above and underground sites.
The proper paperwork is where effective crane training starts. Without certification, there is no point in carrying on with the actual training. Working toward that certification is an imperative measure and the very first part of safety training.
2. Providing the Correct Interpretations
Each training session will provide the proper interpretation of crane safety operations and equipment. It’s important for each training attendee to be on the same page as those conducting the training. Crane safety must not be loosely interpreted, it must be established and universal.
3. Creating Capable Workers
In order to operate heavy machinery at such a complex level, specialized knowledge is required. Each attendee should leave training with the same level of expertise, including a complete understanding of proper hand signals communicated by all workers on the team.
4. Jobsite Inspection
All those in training attendance must learn how to evaluate their equipment and load before lifting. Checking machinery for signs of wear and ensuring loads are properly secured and do not exceed the weight limits of the equipment are just some of the vital pieces on the list.
5. Discuss Ground Workers
Crane safety training must include a discussion regarding the well being of the workers on the ground. Everyone on site is responsible for the safety of the job. Workers will learn how to plan lifting operations well in advance to make sure the area is clear when it’s time to enlist the use of the crane.
6. Safety Briefs
Quality crane training will discuss the importance of a daily safety brief on the site. This brief will encompass every aspect of the jobsite, but also when the cranes will be in use. While it seems like a small measure, it will make all the difference from a safety perspective.
7. Cranes Require Time
Heavy equipment requires ample time to get the job done at a slow and steady pace. If crane work is rushed, the chances of an accident will skyrocket. It’s vital to instill in current and future operators hurrying through a job is both ineffective and dangerous.
8. Establish a Checklist
A safety checklist is a must-have at every construction job site, no matter what the nature of the work may be. When cranes are involved, the need for that checklist is dire, as it can prevent accidents leading to fatalities. Crane safety training should involve learning how to properly put together a safety checklist and ensuring all workers stick to it.
If you’re ready to train your team in safety using the best practices available, contact Construction Safety Experts today at (866) 463-0669 or (919) 463-0669 to get started!