There are several hazards and dangers to look out for when you are working with bridge cranes, and if you are considering buying bridge cranes for a facility or starting to work with them, you need to be aware of all of these dangers. The proper training for bridge cranes will always cover these hazards and give you or the crane operator the proper training for managing them. Overhead bridge cranes can be used to move very heavy machinery or goods and because of the massive amount of weight that they are capable of moving, they need to be operated with care. Also, there are often people working close by, and as a result it is very important that cranes are operated properly.
Don’t assume that the crane has the proper safety features
Some operators incorrectly assume that their bridge cranes have built in safety features that can prevent an accident from occurring. This isn’t always true, and safety features are one of the main differences between different crane models. Some parts of a system may have safety features built in, but other parts may not, and your training may not go over these particular features. If you have any questions about the potential safety features of bridge cranes, Canadian Custom Electrical can give you detailed information about the different safety features that cranes offer, and we have experience and knowledge of a wide range of different cranes including both modern and older models.
Always inspect bridge cranes before using them
Another thing to consider is that you always need to inspect bridge cranes before using them, at least on a daily basis and sometimes multiple times per day if the crane is in heavy use. A lack of inspections is one of the main causes for crane accidents, and some operators incorrectly believe that they can safely operate their cranes without going through a daily inspection process. Although it may seem redundant to have to do the same type of inspection every day, it is absolutely required for proper and safe operation for bridge cranes. The inspection can possibly save a person from being injured and it is something that should never be overlooked or underestimated.
Never work under a load
Some people incorrectly assume that they can work under a bridge crane load because the crane has a secondary brake. This is wrong and against OSHA and CCOHS safety standards; a person should never work at all under a crane load. The bridge cranes often come with a secondary brake (most should have this feature), but the secondary brake is not necessarily guaranteed to work, and the load may drop a small amount if there is a power failure. The load may drop far enough to cause a head injury, and as a result of these dangers there is no reason why a worker should ever stand under a crane load even for a few seconds; the practice is incredibly unsafe. There are many other safety considerations that must be considered when working with bridge cranes, and if you have any questions you should contact Canadian Custom Electrical for more information.