Protect your workers with these overhead safety tips
Overhead cranes are immensely useful for moving heavy loads around, but there are some potential dangers involved in using them. However, if you follow some basic safety rules, you can better protect your workers.
Check for obstacles
It’s a basic health and safety rule to ensure that there are no obstacles in the way, and nowhere is it more important than with cranes. The difference is that cranes go above our heads rather than being on the ground.
Communication, communication, communication
This sounds obvious, but make sure that your workers are aware that there is a crane and where it is going to be moving. You don’t want people walking underneath a moving load. This takes more effort when you use a portable davit crane because people may not be used to it being where it is.
Not only should you test your lifting equipment and any overhead cranes, but remember to follow the advice of the HSE and ensure that you have the right level of supervision in place for all lifting operations. Remember that the lifting capacity of a portable davit crane is likely to be lower than that of a stationary crane.
Know the limits
Properly trained operators
All of these safety tips are common sense, but in order to ensure that your workers fully take them on board, their training should include explaining the reasons that they are so important. You will get far more buy-in when people understand why you are asking them to do something and the potential repercussions if they don’t comply.