When you combine the size and scale of building projects that require assistance from a crane with the size and complexity of that particular piece of equipment, not to mention the fact that construction is one of the most accident-prone industries around, is it any wonder that so many accidents at work involve cranes?
What is likely to cause me an injury at work when working with a crane?
The dangers of working with a crane are both many and varied. They include, but are by no means limited to, the following:
– Collisions with overhead cables
– Mistakes made in the rigging of the crane
– Objects, usually heavy, falling from the crane onto the people below
– Errors in communication and signalling when manoeuvring the crane
– Cranes collapsing or overbalancing as a result of misjudged loads.
Another danger of working with cranes, that is significant yet often forgotten about, is the seemingly simple task of ascending and descending the cab of the crane itself.
With so many other obvious dangers on show, the act of accessing the crane cab may seem straightforward, but is actually far from it.
It’s not just the electrical elements of a crane that are subject to frequent and rigorous testing. Things like the steps, door hinges and handles also need to be checked to ensure they have not fallen victim to rust and wear and tear.
What regulations are in place to prevent construction site accidents, when working with cranes, in order to prevent crane accidents?
There are numerous health and safety measures in place, all of which should be followed closely.
– Everyone working in and around the vicinity of the crane needs to wear sufficient and suitable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Having the right PPE can greatly limit the impact and severity of a work accident. For accessing the cab, sturdy, solid construction shoes should be worn to avoid slipping.
– Everyone involved in working with a crane needs to have undergone and completed the relevant training. This includes the mechanical operation of a crane and the loading and unloading of goods..
If you suffer an injury at work, then you may well be due some work accident compensation. Accident Advice Helpline are a compensation provider that offers a freephone advice service, available 24/7, to guide you with regards to the validity of your claim.
From there, they can see your claim through to its conclusion and win you the compensation you merit.
Date Published: November 24, 2013
Author: David Brown