Mobile Crane Safety Standards that Every Crane Hire Contractor Must Remember

March 7, 2019

For crane hire contractors to maintain a safety-aware attitude, especially when they’re around powerful ambulatory cranes, they need to arm themselves with the latest health and safety regulations. To be perfectly honest, it shouldn’t matter about size. No matter how big a mobile vehicle is, or how small, for that matter, a pertinent set of mobile crane safety standards should be in effect at all times. 

Create and Stick To a Lift Plan

Crane hire contractors must be intimately familiar with the vehicle they’re operating. If that heavy lifter uses a special type of rigging, the rigger needs to know what changes have been made to the lifting gear. The load charts, the lifting span and load characteristics, in fact, every single mobile and lift-applicable feature must be made familiar to each team member. Then, should the crane use a loading configuration that’s not listed by the manufacturer, an informed decision can be made as to how the job will safely proceed. 

Assessing the Environment

Before evaluating the job, the contractors slow to a stop and put on the brakes. They’ve arrived at the job site and want to know where they stand, both literally and figuratively. Is there room for the crane to navigate and find an optimal hoist zone? What about the soil conditions and overhead risk factors? If that soil isn’t stable, the outriggers, if fitted, will need to be extended and locked in place. Likewise, if there are overhead cables or unfavourable weather conditions onsite, then the job will be put on pause until those matters are safely addressed. 

Taking Charge of the Crane Hire Contractors

A chargehand or supervisor should be in charge of the team. After all, this isn’t a democracy. There’s no show of hands to vote for the best course of action. That supervisor is a responsible and competent person, someone who’s used to giving directions and even more used to having them followed. In charge of his team of crane hire contractors, he makes sure they know the hand signals and mobility issues that affect a crane’s safe movements. Furthermore, it’s this individual who’ll walk a mobile crane’s chassis after it arrives. Walking with clipboard and safety checklist in hand, he checks the ground, makes sure the crane is the right choice for the job at hand, and he assesses and records any site hazards. 

With the checklist complete, the job gets the go-ahead. It’s a big thumbs up and a signed seal of approval from the crane hire contractors. The mobile lifter is approved, it’s a job capable vehicle, and the environment has also received a seal of approval. Now, with the operators and riggers in full flow, plus the outriggers anchored, the job gets underway as a safety-endorsed mobile lifting project.