Mobile crane safety requires management of a number of do’s and don’ts to prevent loss incidents, warned Buildsafe SA.
 Mobile cranes should have a valid third party certificate for the mobile crane as well as lifting gears used in the crane.
 The operator should have a valid driving license along with the training certificate for the safe operation of cranes.
 The mobile crane should be free from any visual defects like rusting, oil leakage, and defective lifting gear.
 Outriggers should be fully extended for any lifting activity, placed on firm even surfaces, and pads used. The outrigger should not be placed near the excavation or floor edges.
 A competent rigger should be available for any lifting activity.
 The crane jib should be operated within the permitted safe working radius only.
 SWL should be clearly marked on the crane.
 The crane must have a limiting switch to prevent contact between the hoisting block and the tip of the boom, to automatically stop lifting operation at an adequate distance between the hoist block and the boom tip.
 Mobile cranes should be provided with a boom length indicator and boom angle indicator.
 inspect the mobile crane for any defects, including the safety devices, on regular basis by the competent person.
 Lifting overhead is never allowed.
 During transportation, the crane must be secured in place and tested for stability. This step should be among the operating procedures of the contractor, user, driver, and inspector.
Sources; Buildsafe SA. Sheqafrica.com
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