10 Tips for Better Mobile Crane Operations

As Mobile Crane Operators, we are in command of a multi million-dollar machine that are regularly making multi-million dollar lifts. Not only are we expected to know the best way to execute the lift, but also the safest way. In the ever-changing world of mobile crane operations, it is more important than ever to stay up-to-date with the regulations as well as best practices.  Here are 10 tips you can use to help ensure success:

 

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.

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.

Be Good,

Randy Burbach

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