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Crane accidents is, unfortunately, a frequent occurrence despite rules and regulations being implemented. It is even more unfortunate that lately crane related accidents have been on the rise. Many of these accidents are not solely down to one issue; it is usually a case of several incidents taking place such as slipups, mechanical failure, oversight, and so forth.

Risk-free scenarios are close to impossible but significantly reducing the risk of accidents can be achieved if all individuals – site managers to crane operators and signal person – work closely and diligently. Making it a habit to conduct thorough checks on the machines and communicate effectively with each other can make it a much safer environment.

With that in mind, here are some measures that can be taken to reduce the risks of accidents.

Added Awareness
Crane technology has improved significantly over the years, making it much safer and more productive too. Nonetheless, safety is still no guaranteed for the equipment and operator. As such, it is important to create extra awareness on the part of operators and site managers regarding the causes of accidents. Additionally, thorough safety plans should be implemented too in every aspects of a project.

5 essentials to remember
Assess
Assess the site for the potential for a crane incident to occur. Ensure that the site is conducive for lifting operations and that hazards have been identified (proper soil preparation, adequate room to assemble/disassemble the crane, assessment of danger from power lines, underground pipelines, etc.).

Establish
Implement safety procedures to ensure that the crane has the correct capacity for the job and that equipment has been rigorously maintained and inspected according to manufacturers’ specifications.

Assign
Appoint a competent and qualified person to oversee crane operations, with authority to stop unsafe operations.

Utilise
Only qualified operators, signalpersons, and riggers should be on site. Every tasks these individuals undertake requires diligence and hard work.

Train
Train ancillary workers in safe crane operation. All personnel involved with or in the vicinity of the lift must be adequately trained in lifting operations.

Individual Improvement
As most accidents are due to human error, it is vital that operators, site managers, and other on-site individuals constantly update themselves. Self-improvement on aspects such as communication, focus and discipline, and environmental and machinery knowledge will come in very handy.

At Petrogas, we offer technical training in areas such as heavy lifting and transportation, drilling, fleet management, and so forth. Our courses are researched thoroughly and designed to meet market demands. We work closely with professionals and our customers to deliver a course that covers all aspects from theory to practical.

For more information on our upcoming trainings, proceed to contact to fill in the enquiry form or you may reach us at +603-2261 4227.

Sources
http://www.simscrane.com/blog/2013/02/10-steps-prevent-crane-accident
http://www.allcrane.com/ReduceCraneRelatedAccidents