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May 01, 2011
Crane Rigging Construction: Unsafe Conditions

When working with crane rigging construction activities, personnel should be on the alert for unsafe conditions. These conditions can lead to serious injuries, accidents, and even death. For the most part, these unsafe conditions can be prevented by careful inspection.

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Some of the unsafe conditions you may encounter while doing crane rigging construction include:

  • Defective components
  • Unsafe crane parts
  • Soft ground
  • Incompatible or excessive load
  • High winds

There are several potentially unsafe conditions during hoisting and rigging operations that create hazards and dramatically increase the risk of injury to workers. Some common unsafe conditions to look out for are:

Defective components like damaged, frayed, or broken cables, bent hooks, or excessively worn slings can lead to a variety of incidents and accidents;

Unsafe crane parts, such as an unsecured boom or damaged outrigger may also be the cause for various hazards;

Soft ground that will move under the weight of a crane can lead to the crane shifting or even tipping over. Placing the crane on solid ground is a very important task and should be accomplished by an experienced engineer.

A load that’s incompatible for the type of rigging used, or a load that exceeds the lifting capacity of equipment;

High winds can also lead to unsafe working conditions. This can be especially dangerous for those who may be working on the upper levels of the crane.

In addition to the above, you should also be alert for the following:

  • Bad weather
  • Excessive heat or cold
  • Corrosion or broken parts
  • Work near or under a live power line
  • Untrained or inexperienced workers, especially when they’re not carefully supervised.

The above information comes from BLR’s presentation “Crane Rigging Construction.” For more information on all the training courses BLR has to offer, go to our Crane Rigging Construction page.

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