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Crane Accidents

There is really only one way to operate a crane and that is safely. If a crane is not operated in a safe fashion, people's lives can be at risk. No, this is not mere hyperbole.

If a crane were to lift an oversized load and its ropes and cable snapped, gravity dictates that the load will come crashing to earth. It is not without precedent that such calamities have occurred. Crane accidents are more common than most people assume. This, of course, begs the question as to what must be done to reduce the potential for crane accidents. On a baseline level, the way to reduce the number of crane accidents centers on recognizing the warning signs that an accident is about to occur.

This is why following the crane safety standards of the OHSA is vital. The rules, regulations, and suggestions put forth by this agency are done so for a reason. When a construction site follows these guidelines, the odds of increased safety become significant.

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But, what are some common warning signs? Let's examine a few of the more common signs....

The presence of unauthorized personnel. Keeping unauthorized personnel aware from an operating crane is critical. Many pedestrians like to watch the crane "in action" and that is fine provided they watch from a safe distance. To do otherwise will invite serious problems.

Excess operational speed. When the hoisting of a load is occurring too quickly, this is not a sign of decent crane safety. Actually, it is one of the most unsafe methods of operation possible. That is why any crane operator who is operating a hoist at unsafe speeds needs to be admonished.

Instances of obviously defective parts. Many accidents may not necessarily be the crane operators fault. If there is a defect in the motor that causes the hoisting to occur to quickly then it should be repaired or replaced as soon as possible. To do otherwise presents far too great of a risk to those in the vicinity of the crane.

Wear and tear on the crane. Identifying structural competence is helpful as well. This will decrease the potential for a severely dangerous situation resulting from structural problem or flaws.

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Lifting Excess weight. Notating the maximum load/lift capacity of the crane is critical as well. If a crane lifts a load it can not handle then there exist the potential that the load with snap. That is why it is of paramount importance to ascertain the exact volume of maximum capacity. If not, then a serous accident could potentially occur.

Operators not paying attention. Lack of concentration is one of the major causes of unsafe crane operation. That is, the operator simply does not pay strict attention to the job he is doing or the environment around him. Sadly, a number of avoidable accidents occur due to this type of negligence. As such, it is critical that all operators are well trained and wide awake when they are operating a crane.

Of course, this is but a small number of safety precautions one can take. Really, there are no limitations when it comes to maintaining safe crane operation. If you have been injured in a crane accident contact a lawyer today.

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