Important safety considerations when operating a loader crane

For obvious reasons, safety issues have been taken much more seriously at workplaces over the last decades compared to previously, where – especially in the construction business – where some might roll their eyes, if you were to bring up safety concerns. 

Today, safety measures are being put into place almost everywhere, to ensure correct and responsible use of tools and heavy machinery. 

When it comes to a loader cranes, things are no different. Safety is required, as in any industry, given that the useful machines are in fact machines, needed to be used with precaution.  

Therefore, make sure that: 

All personnel are trained: You will find that specialized training and certifications are needed in order to operate the loader cranes. A good operator is a highly skilled operator, who knows his machine and uses it flawlessly – without taking risks or making bad mistakes. He will also be able to recognize potential hazards in the area he operates. 

Surface conditions are good: Speaking of areas, an important safety measure is to make sure the crane can always be used from a stable surface. Uneven ground, soft soil and so forth should always be taken into consideration and dealt with properly. Stability is key in safety.  

Vehicles are inspected: Make sure to always inspect the vehicle itself and the crane. The working conditions must be in order, so that everything from brakes to electrical systems and hydraulic systems are reliable. Make sure to always look for visual damage and leaks, and ensure that you have periodically maintenance scheduled according to laws and regulations.  

Load capacity is respected: The load capacity of the crane should always and without any exception be respected. Overloading a crane can cause great danger and harm to people as well as materials. In case a heavier load than allowed is being lifted and moved, it can cause instability, or cause it to tilt or break. 

Personnel have the correct protective equipment: Make sure that workers on and around the crane wear appropriate protective equipment. This is often protective equipment known from construction sites, such as hard hats, safety shoes and clothing that makes them visible even in foggy or darker conditions. 

In addition to these security recommendations, make sure to always have an emergency protocol with a clear procedure that all personnel are aware of. It is important to keep these procedures updated and keep the personnel aware of any change.