6 Things to Do to Curb Crane Accidents at Construction Worksites

6 Things to Do to Curb Crane Accidents at Construction Worksites

Construction sites have stringent safety protocols in place to prevent adverse events and accidents. Even with all the precautions and preventive procedures, fatal injury rate for the industry is quite high. This can be attributed to a number of reasons ranging from oversight on part of site managers to malfunctioning equipment. Another probable cause is the sheer size of the industry where at any given day more than 6.5 million people are at work at work sites numbering an approximate 252,000.

Cranes cause significant and serious injuries if they are not inspected and checked before use for defects. Fatal injuries can occur if an untrained person operates a crane or if the crane is not used properly. There are several recommendations put forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that try to mitigate worker safety issues while using a crane.

Tower and mobile cranes are most commonly used in construction sites. Here are a few things that you need to know in order to avoid accidents in your work site.

  • How Do Injuries Occur?

Grievous injuries occur both on and off-site when a crane collapses or when a worker is struck by overhead load. Accidents and fatal injuries also occur when a worker comes in way of a crane’s swing radius, cranes come in contact with a power line or conductor, or when cranes collide with each other.

All of these present possibilities of multiple injuries and fatalities.

Ill-planned and ill-executed crane operations cause delay and obstructions at the construction site, and also cause accidents.

Ensure you follow safety rules and adhere to user instructions. Being scrupulous about adhering to safety rules is the best thing you can do to avoid worksite accidents.

  • Plan Well

Crane operations need to be planned in advance to avoid mishaps. A trained and experienced person has to evaluate the site conditions and address the risks present. Crane operator and other crew members must be aware of potential hazards in the worksite and other unusual operating conditions. The required resources, procedures to be followed and responsibilities of personnel need to be worked out.

Lifting equipment including slings and other accessories should of adequate strength to carry out the operations. They should be tested and inspected for quality. They have to remain safe for the entire range of jobs and period of operations.

  • Follow Safe Work Protocols

It is important to check crane controls and signalling arrangements before commencing work. Wire ropes, chains, hooks and all rigging systems should be checked for strength and efficacy. The load being lifted should not exceed the rated capacity for the make and model of your crane and lifting equipment.

Failure of brake systems is another reason behind work site accidents involving cranes. Raise the load a bit and check the effectiveness of the brake system before launching operations.

Properly trained and competent personnel should operate the crane. They must have prior experience handling similar job role and responsibilities.

Cranes should not be operated without approval of a higher authority. Also there should be a competent authority supervising crane operations who can signal the user if anything goes wrong.

  • Evaluate the Ground Conditions

Many incidents occur at work sites when cranes tip over due to poor or unstable ground conditions.

In addition to ground anomalies a range of other factors also result in cranes tipping over. The outriggers of mobile cranes need to be fully extended or as specified by the manufacturer. When this is not done cranes tip over.

Insufficient counter weights and wind also cause accidents. Another cause behind cranes tipping over is wrongly calculated loads that exceed crane capacity.

Ensure that cranes operate under optimal conditions to avoid worker injuries and fatalities.

  • Maintain a Safety Zone

If possible, it is recommended to maintain a barricaded safety zone to prevent entry of unauthorized people into the lift area. People, structures and other equipment that come in the crane’s swing radius cause accidents and worker injuries. Such incidents occur when the path of the load is not clearly planned and when cranes operate in crowded or high traffic areas.

This is applicable while using overhead cranes in industrial environments as well.

  • Carry out Inspections Regularly

OSHA publishes safety and regulatory rules that need to be followed when operating cranes at construction sites.

Inspections have to be carried out on shift, monthly and annual basis for crane equipment and wire ropes. Post-assembly inspections are mandatory to ensure that cranes are in optimal working condition. Pre-erection inspection is necessary for tower cranes. Four-year inspections for key components like vessel or floatation device is also recommended by OSHA.

Safety and reliability of crane operations depend as much on the user as on the crane hirer. When a crane is hired, planning, supervising and operating responsibilities fall on the user, unless explicitly expressed otherwise.

Conclusion

Safety and security of crane operations depend on a number of factors. It is important to ensure that crane equipment and accessories are maintained well. If you follow the cranes standard set by OSHA, you will be able to reduce accidents at work site drastically.

 

10 Tips for Better Mobile Crane Operations

10 Tips for Better Mobile Crane Operations

 

1. Never override the mobile crane’s computer.

2. Be aware of all overhead hazards – specifically close-by buildings and any power lines that are within the zone of operation.

3. Read the load charts – prior to turning the key in any new mobile crane.

4. Cell phones in the cab – while the crane’s key is on the cell phone is off.

5. Always note the changing conditions on the jobsite – from personnel to weather to surroundings. If you work at night, ensure the proper lighting is in place to ensure 100% safety.

6. Sometimes in a working situation, the crane operator needs to stop, evaluate, and find a safer lift plan.

7. Check ground conditions – before crane setup, ensure that the site is suitable to support your mobile crane and the future suspended loads.

8. Use appropriate pads & cribbing – mobile crane operators need to make sure they are using correct pads or cribbing to avoid having an outrigger fail or sink when they are making a lift.

9. Before starting your crane, always double check the oil, gas, and other fluid levels.

10. At the beginning of your shift, walk-around your crane checking for mechanical, electrical, structural, and hydraulic issues (MESH).

Mobile crane operators are a small brotherhood whose main goal is to ensure the safety of those we are working with. If we can avoid a few simple operating errors, it will go a long way in avoiding an incident on the job site.

 

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Cranes are Construction Machines Not Toys

The recent ‘climb’ in the number of people trying to scale tower cranes in metropolis’s around North America is getting ridiculous. As reported by the Barrie CTV news, the numbers are ever increasing.

The number of people climbing multi-storey cranes in York Region is a growing concern for emergency crews.

On Sunday night, two 16-year-olds were spotted at the top of a 13-storey construction crane in Newmarket. The teens climbed down and were arrested for mischief and trespassing.
“It seems almost crazy that we have to be here to warn people about the dangers of climbing cranes, construction cranes, but nevertheless here we are,” Const. Andy Pattenden told CP24.

“People, primarily youths, have been climbing these multi-storey construction cranes,” Pattenden said. “It’s happening at night. They’re going out there, the reason for which we’re still not sure why they’re doing it – probably for thrill-seeking, something from YouTube. They’re gonna climb up and take a selfie at the top of these cranes.”

Between May 22 and June 11, police have dealt with four cases of people climbing cranes. These have happened in Richmond Hill, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Newmarket.

Parents are being asked to speak with their children about the dangers.

We couldn’t agree more.

Link-Belt Tests and Introduces TCC-2500 Tele-Boom Crawler Crane – Crane Tips

Link-Belt Tests and Introduces TCC-2500 Tele-Boom Crawler Crane

The new Link-Belt TCC-2500 was already hard at work the same week Link-Belt Cranes formally introduced the 250-ton telescopic-boom crawler crane at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas, Nev.

L.R. Wilson and Sons, Inc. of Gambrills, Md., is field testing the TCC-2500, completing tilt-up panel work and steel erection for a 38,000-sq.-ft. warehouse in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Capitol Heights, Md.

A 13,000-lb. spreader bar and six-part load line were used to place panels weighing as much as 84,000 lbs.

“The crane is very smooth. It picked up the largest panels at a 35.4-ft. radius, with a 68° boom angle, and we were good up to 123,000 lbs.,” said operator Jamie Foster of L.R. Wilson and Sons, Inc.

In total, the company set 38 precast tilt-up panels over seven days before moving on to steel erection for the building’s interior.

Wilson normally uses a lattice-boom crane to erect panels of this size, but the company welcomed the chance to prove the new Link-Belt TCC-2500’s machine’s capability.

“This machine is a beast, and I cannot think of a better way to test our design and the functionality of this crane than with pour-in-place tilt wall work. Based on early comments I think we have hit a home run,” said Scott Knight, Link-Belt product manager for lattice and telescopic crawler cranes.

NFT delivers 10 Potain tower cranes to Royal Atlantis Residences site in Dubai

Tower cranes, they are just cool. They do amazing work and provide quick easy erection of buildings like no other construction equipment on the market. The first units of Potain MR 418 cranes in the UAE have been erected at the Royal Atlantis Residences construction site in Dubai.

NFT, the exclusive dealer of Potain in the region, supplied 10 brand new units of the crane for the Palm Jumeirah project, located next to the Atlantis resort.

The MR 418s have been fully erected by NFT on fixing angles at heights ranging from 104m to 190m free-standing.

During Phase 2 of the operation, the cranes will be braced with special anchorage bracing, spanning 16m in length, to the core of the building.

NFT has also delivered two Potain GTMR 400 units to the construction site.

Value-added services provided by NFT as part of the contract include spare parts delivery and technical consulting.

“An entire container filled with MR 418 spare parts” has also been delivered to the site.

In a press statement, NFT said the move ensures client needs are “anticipated and immediately satisfied on site, without worrying about availability and delivery time”.

A two-shift schedule will be implemented to ensure 24-hour operations of the cranes, with full-time technicians to be based on site to ensure non-stop service delivery.

Ssangyong Engineering & Construction and Besix, in a joint venture, were awarded the project’s construction contract in February 2016.

According to the press statement, NFT’s previous work experience with Besix helped it secure the contract to deliver Potain units for the mega project “after months of negotiations”.

Remarking on the project, Bassem Kini, the NFT operations director tasked with the Royal Atlantis Residences project, said “erection went smoothly, and the tower cranes are working beautifully”.

He added: “The project is positively challenging, and we have enjoyed working with the client’s site team, which is professional and cooperative with NFT.”

Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences will boast almost 800 guest rooms, more than 230 serviced apartments, and 46 storeys.

Tower Cranes in Denver CO

We found this great article posted by NEW9 in Denver Colorado. Pretty awesome to see the life of a tower crane operator from the perspective of an outsider.

Check out the full article below and go check out their full video.

DENVER – It’s the dance of the cranes.

You see them everywhere in Denver – tower cranes building new buildings and fueling Colorado’s economy.

But have you ever wondered who operates those cranes, and how they get up there?

Photojournalist Eric Kehe and I got the chance to find out.

RMS Cranes, a member of the TNT Crane family, and Saunders Construction invited us to go up a crane. They said just climb up the ladder one floor – then do it 30 more times.

Is this a good time to mention I’m not crazy about heights?

We climbed up the crane across from Union Station where they’re building a new office tower.

There’s a little landing on each floor where you can stop to catch your breath, and enjoy the view.

It’s a bit exhausting but we made it to the top, where we met crane operator Jeff Macklin.

Macklin says his days are just ups and downs.

Workers on the ground call him on a radio when they need him to pick up equipment or materials, and deliver it to another location.

The cranes of Denver.    

Sometimes he gets calls from different crews in different locations, all at one time.

It’s how he spends his 8 to 14 hour days in the air.

And once he gets up there, he doesn’t climb down until his shift is finished.

If there’s bad weather, he just rides it out.

Rain, hail, snow, wind, lightening – Macklin has seen it all from his perch high in the sky.

He says you need to be highly trained, certified and a little crazy to operate a tower crane.

But on the upside, he says you just can’t beat the view.

“Colorado’s national or state bird is the crane,” Macklin said. “I remember there was a time you’d never see a tower crane up. Now you get 20 or 30 of them. “

Sunrise, sunset, aircraft flying by, even police officers chasing suspects down below – he has the perfect spot to see it all.