Crane Safety

Prior to operating a crane, regular worksite and equipment inspections can help ensure that operators, workers and bystanders are protected against hazards associated with raising and lowering loads. Operating cranes is complex and dangerous and both equipment and workers must be operating at a high safety standard. We have compiled this collection of free customizable templates for conducting self-inspections on tower and overhead cranes. The same templates can be modified for your specific crane and worksite.

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Tower Crane Daily Operator Checklist

Use this template to inspect a tower crane before, during and after operational shifts. Begin by conducting pre-operation checks by recording work permits issued, evaluate operator’s competency and check emergency controls. Next, inspect the components of the crane by capturing photo defects and observe if safety measures were applied. Lastly, assess the post job operation to ensure that the crane is safely unattended. Provide final recommendations during end of shift to improve crane safety.

Overhead Crane Pre-Task Inspection

This template can be used by operators to conduct daily safety checks for overhead cranes prior to use at the beginning of each shift. Begin by conducting basic safety checks before touching the controls. Then conduct equipment checks for the bridge, hoist, trolley and runways to ensure there are no loose, broken or damaged parts. Next conduct safety checks for attaching and moving loads. Finally provide any observations or recommendations that should be reported to the next operator or safety official.

Overhead Crane Monthly Equipment Inspection

Ratchet and electric chain hoists need to be inspected monthly to ensure better crane performance. Use this template to perform a detailed equipment evaluation for overhead cranes, capture photos of defects and notify persons in-charge for immediate resolution.

PPE Checklist

When working on cranes, operators must wear protective clothing such as hard hats, safety gloves and harnesses to prevent risks like falling or being struck by or caught between objects. Use this template to identify potential hazards associated with the task performed and select the suitable PPE to use.

General Safety Tips for Crane Operations

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Unsafe crane activities can put workers and bystanders at serious risk. Operators must have the necessary skills, training and reminders to do their jobs safely. Equipment must be regularly inspected for damage and safe operation before shifts.

Operational safety

  1. Understand requirements of the job - weight of the loads to carry, balance and the distance where you lift and move it to.
  2. Identify all existing and new hazards - overloaded cranes, falling materials etc.
  3. Ensure that the crane operator is trained and well equipped.
  4. Be aware of the safety measures.
  5. Perform daily inspections.

Equipment safety

  1. Always check your hoist and rating at the beginning of your shift.
  2. Examine load chain for damage or twists, or the wire rope for kinks or fraying.
  3. Check that hooks are in good shape.
  4. Balance and secure loads carefully. Never leave unattended or carry over another person.
  5. Be attentive to where you are moving your load.