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How to Avoid Common Mobile Crane Operator Mistakes

Crane Safety | Oct 17 / 23

Mobile crane operations are an integral part of construction and industrial projects and, as such, undergo rigorous training. But to err is human, and mistakes can still occur. Knowing what these common errors are and how to avoid them can save lives, time, and money. Stampede Crane & Rigging, a leading name in crane rental services throughout Southern Alberta, emphasizes the importance of safety and precision. That is why we have put together some information highlighting how to avoid common mobile crane operator mistakes.

Learn 10 steps you can take to prevent crane accidents.

Overloading the Crane

One of the most frequent and dangerous mistakes is exceeding the crane’s capacity, as overloading can lead to equipment failure or tip-over incidents. Make sure to always refer to the crane’s load charts before lifting. Ensure all team members understand the importance of not exceeding the crane’s limits. Regular training and refresher courses can also help reinforce this knowledge.

Inadequate Ground Preparation

Mobile cranes need a stable foundation to operate safely. If the ground is not adequately prepared, the crane can become unstable, especially under heavy loads. Before setting up a mobile crane, conduct thorough ground inspections. Ensure that the soil can support the weight of the crane and the load. Using ground mats or pads can also help distribute the weight more evenly.

Incorrect Rigging

Using damaged slings or incorrectly rigged equipment can lead to load drops or other accidents. That is why is it important to conduct regular equipment inspections. Ensure that operators and riggers are adequately trained in the right rigging techniques and use the appropriate equipment for the job.

Neglecting Regular Maintenance

A poorly maintained crane is an accident waiting to happen. Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure that a crane operates safely. Make sure to establish a regular maintenance schedule for your crew to follow, so that you can ensure your crane is being well maintained at all times. It is also important to record and address any unusual sounds or behaviours observed during operation immediately.

Not Using Outriggers

Outriggers help stabilize mobile cranes. Neglecting to deploy them can result in the crane becoming unbalanced. Make sure to always use outriggers when required and to ensure they are placed on stable and solid ground to provide maximum stability.

Relying Solely on Experience

While experience is invaluable, it should not lead to complacency. Always follow crane safety protocols and never skip any steps, no matter how many times you have performed a task.

If you need more help with difficult (or simple) lifting projects around Alberta, feel free to get in touch with Stampede Crane & Rigging by dialling 1-855-548-8117, and we will be happy to assist you.