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Crane Accidents: Causes and Prevention

By Edited Feb 10, 2014 0 0

Development of technology has been beneficial to everyone, from a regular citizen to bigger entities like multi-million corporations. In the industry of construction, mining, and maritime, cranes are just one of the many pieces of technology that were a big help in continuing the business operations, along the way making it easier too.

But there is an inherent hazard in using mechanical equipment like cranes. According to reports, there were 303 accidents reported in 2009 that involved cranes where 197 people died. In order to avoid crane accidents, the hazard, which is determined as the primary cause of accidents, should be prevented. When it comes to crane accidents, there are three types of hazard that should be noted.

  • Dormant – The undetected danger of a crane. This may be brought about by either the machine's design or incorrect use of the crane.
  • Armed – The hazard of the crane is considered armed once the dormant hazard is ready to cause harm, often during certain work conditions.
  • Active – When the armed hazard is prompted by different factors, it turns active. Once it has been triggered, it is already too late to prevent the injury or harm that may result from the action.

In order to avoid any more accidents, or possible crane accidents lawsuits that may stem from it, workplace safety should be prioritized by every employee. The following are steps that may be done to safeguard people who use and who are around cranes.

  • Minimize the hazard, or if possible, eliminate it completely. Choosing the appropriate work method may do just that.
  • Use safety devices that may guard workers from the hazards if eliminating it is not possible. Safety devices may include the following:

o Screens to cover moving parts

o Line guards for cranes that require electricity

o Fences, guardrails or other barriers that prevent entrance through "danger zones"

o Crush-resistant cab and restraint for the crane operator

  • An audible or visual warning device that will warn workers about a work in progress. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration required signs and labels too.
  • Train the employees so they know what to do to avoid, or in case of accidents.
  • Safety gears for workers – and visitors, if possible – like gloves, hard hats, goggles or safety glasses, and life jackets must be provided by the company.


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