Dangerous situations while operating the crane

Crane operation - how to proceed in dangerous situations?

The crane operator must have UDT qualifications - Office of Technical Inspection. During his work, he must follow the principles of health and safety at work in order to reduce the risk of hazardous situations that may affect the health and life of himself and others.

However, not all situations of this kind can be prevented. What should the crane operator do then?

We can divide dangerous situations into three categories:

  • Emergency situations
  • the occurrence of an accident
  • fire

Failures at work with an overhead crane can happen frequently, especially with older devices. If the operator notices a fault, he should stop working immediately and report it to his supervisor. Work may continue when the threat is removed and the equipment is checked again. The operator must not try to rectify faults on his own!

When an accident occurs, the scene should first be secured and first aid should be provided to the injured. If necessary, you need to call for medical help. The superiors of the crane operator should be notified of the accident.

If there is a fire in the crane's working area, the operator's task is to warn people in the danger area. Cut off the power and gas supplies in the building and in the overhead crane. You can try to extinguish the fire by yourself with a fire extinguisher, when it is not too big. In the event of major fires, call the fire department as soon as possible. You should inform your superiors about the incident. If necessary, evacuation should be ordered.

If there are any doubts as to the safe operation of the crane, the operator may stop work and contact the supervisor.

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