Online: Safe Operation of Overhead Cranes
Pendent, or hand controlled, overhead cranes or hoists are one of the most useful aids for material handling in the workplace today. Their extensive application has been significant in the development of many industries.
The three main reasons for accidents involving overhead cranes are:
- Lack of adequate inspections and checks
- Overloading the crane beyond recommended capacities
- Lack of knowledge of critical information by the operator
This program looks at the safe operation of overhead cranes and details the five major steps to ensure their safe use:
- Pre – operational checks
- Operational checks
- Planning the lift
- Operational rules
- Shutdown procedure
Overhead cranes are extremely useful in many industrial situations and they can be used safely if the appropriate precautions and working procedures are adopted.