Safety Training Tips For The Use Of Outdoor Gantry Cranes In An Industrial Environment

There are different types of facilities, different types of gantry cranes and different loads. That’s just the beginning of separating all situations. Yet there are universal crane safety tips that apply to each and every lifting situation. Crane safety training must be addressed in totality, for each work environment. If you are preparing to set up an outdoor gantry crane at your facility, here are important safety tips that need to be considered.

One of the most important aspects of crane operation is the inspection. Cranes are to be inspected daily, and in some facilities, they are inspected prior to each shift. In fact, I once worked for a company that had its employees inspect an indoor crane before and after each shift. That means that there was only about a five minute window between some of those inspections, considering shifts were trading hands.

Not only is the crane inspection important, but there should be a checklist and accountability. Experts suggest accountability with crane inspections because it ensures they are done and done properly. In order to ensure this happens, one thing you can do is have employees sign off on the inspections. This guarantees a written record of inspection.

Accountability with inspections also stems from a regular schedule, as mentioned previously. Another thing you can do is to have crane operators read manuals. They are going to be going through safety training, and that’s a very important step. Reading the manual can help solidify what they have learned and draw attention to extensive information about the equipment they will be handling. All things considered, reading the manual will help them become experts at operating the outdoor gantry crane.

Outdoor gantry cranes are meant to move large loads. That being said, load safety tips and capacities are very important to address. Capacity must be respected at all times, and so crane load limits must be acknowledged. It’s also important that employees know about lockout and tagout procedures. What to do and what not to do is so essential across the board when it comes to operating a crane. And lockout tagout procedures are crucial when it comes to the operation of such a large piece of equipment.

When it comes to outdoor gantry cranes, some of them are quite large. You might have your employees learn certain hand signals.You are also going to want to address where people are to stand in regards to crane operation. While gantry cranes make moving loads easy, it should be stressed at all times that no one is to get in a rush. There is always work to be done, but remember, safety is the first priority.

When you make safety a priority in the workplace, everyone feels much better about the job they are doing. Chiefly, everyone stays safe and the work gets done properly. Addressing outdoor gantry crane safety tips and training is key to having employees operate such a large piece of machinery. Set up training according to OSHA standards, and make sure that everyone stays safe.