Bridge Crane Safety

Maintaining a high standard of crane safety
Many industries utilize cranes, lifts, hoists and various for moving heavy equipments. Companies that use bridge cranes, overhead cranes and other crane machinery are obligated in providing a safe working environment for their workers. Strict guidelines for bridge crane use which are designed to provide protection for workers everyday are implemented by the labor departments of each state across the country. These safety regulations must be followed accordingly on a regular basis.

Overhead crane photo
Photo by O’Brien Installations Limited

A worker who will be working with bridge cranes, overhead cranes or gantry cranes is obliged to become licensed first before they can operate this machinery. Obtaining a bridge crane license will include undergoing training by a qualified, designated instructor who is a licensed crane operator as well. He must also be a hoist operator and a full-time employee of the company where the employee will be working. There is an evaluator who conducts daily monitoring to each trainee. The evaluator makes sure the trainee adheres to a list of pre-determined safety requirements and that the completed list is sent to state labor officials as a validation in order to accomplish his bridge crane license.
What responsibilities exist for bridge crane operators?
The following are important safety functions of workers who operate hoisting equipments and cranes:

  • Equipment instructions must be strictly followed when operating hoists and cranes
  • Routine functional tests must be conducted to make sure equipment is working properly
  • A mandated first aid and medical training must be completed
  • Use the correct rigging appropriately

Must hold or possess a valid license to operate cranes and hoists.

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