Going further into the safety standards to follow in the workplace by operators and users of mobile cranes, one might consider a few simple rules that in most cases ensure safe operation without risk to the integrity of individuals near the site of operation. Such simple concepts like: determination of stability of a mobile crane, ground bearing pressure calculation, exclusion zone, earthing/ electrical grounding, wind speed, load test procedure, useful life of the mobile crane, wire rope working conditions, net capacity after “load weight” deduction, etc., are crucial facts to take into consideration even before driving the crane to the job site. Read more
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MOBILE CRANE ACCIDENTS
What are the risks of mobile cranes operation when working? What are the main causes of accidents and overturning with mobile cranes? Can service and maintenance checklist to prevent accidents and risk assessment breaches of mobile cranes at work, or is it more a matter of lack of training and awareness of operators and inspectors? The image of mobile cranes overturning worldwide should not be a trending topic, but much less frequent over the time. Training operation on every aspect related to the lifting procedure & safety, would undoubtedly help to that end.
The causes of mobile crane accidents in operation at the job site, can fit into two major groups: those that result from a defective risk assessment when moving, and those that usually happen with non-compliance of safety operation standards when cranes are working. In turn, the latter would be divided into two subgroups: those related to lacks of stability forcing the mobile crane to tip over and those having more to do with the strength of materials and fatigue in the main components of mobile cranes, mainly due to weak maintenance plans. Sometimes cranes involved in working accidents, have passed with flying colors the inspector’s exam and the scheduled maintenance checklist by the manufacturer of the machine.