Construction sites and industries that utilize heavy equipment can be dangerous places to work if safety isn’t at the forefront of everyone’s mind. While engineering and technology advancements have made these work zones safer, crane accidents are still one of the leading causes of injuries and fatalities.
The leading causes of injury and death during crane operations are electrocution or blunt force trauma from being hit or crushed with loads. The third direct cause is cranes tipping over.
Cranes have been in use on construction sites for millennia. Being a contractor is all about planning effectively. You have to plan every aspect of your project, from start to finish and beyond; regardless of the size of the project, the details matter.
If a crane is expected on a job site, everyone involved, from the operators, supervisors, and planners, needs to know the chosen equipment capabilities and limits.
Many work and construction sites require using a crane on-site for at least a day or two, if not for more extended periods. For most expensive and technical equipment that is only situationally useful, it is often better to rent or subcontract the work to a specialized professional than to buy your own and expect a standard crew to know how it works.
General contractors and site supervisors are responsible for ensuring a project stays on time, under budget, and safe, which is an expansive undertaking, whether for construction, civil infrastructure, or other general jobs.
Construction sites and industries that utilize heavy equipment can be dangerous places to work if safety isn’t at the forefront of everyone’s mind. When it comes to crane operation, there’s a lot that can go wrong when operators and crew members are not adequately trained in safety protocols or if site safety and maintenance are lacking.