Run for cover! There is a crane in my neighborhood setting roof trusses.
Seriously, there are dozens of crane accidents on YouTube. It seems as if most cranes end up on the roof of the house they were meant to build or reach over.
I think, there are two main reasons for all the videos of crane accidents on YouTube: One is that cranes are interesting to watch, and if they are in a public setting someone is going to take a picture or video of it. The other is that most residential contractors won’t pay for a professional crane company. Instead, they use a taxi rental company, or even worse, they rent a crane from a tool rental company and operate it themselves.
When working in residential areas, there is also the problem of where to setup. Yards, streets, sidewalks, and driveways don’t have the capacity to support a crane. And, of course, you’d have to setup in the street because you can’t mess up an owner’s yard causing the operator to reach over the house to set a pool or spa. Before you know it, the crane runs out of capacity and ends up in someone’s living room.
If you happen to be a spectator, just remember to keep a safe distance!
May 27, 2014 (Sanford, Fla.)—Crane Institute of America announces the release of the first cards in the new Ready Reference Series. The laminated, pocket-sized cards cover topics that are useful for lift directors and crane and rigging inspectors, as well as others with responsibility for overseeing crane activities on the job site.
The first three cards in the Ready Reference Series feature Wire Rope Inspection, Crane Setup, and Working Around Power Lines.
“Both ASME B30.5 and OSHA 1926 Subpart CC for Cranes and Derricks in Construction discuss the job site responsibilities for controlling entities, site supervisors, lift directors, assembly/disassembly directors, crane owners, and others. The Ready Reference Cards are designed to provide these individuals with technical and safety guidelines that are reflection of industry standards and regulations,” said Jim Headley, President and CEO of Crane Institute of America.
The Wire Rope Inspection card makes it easy for inspectors to determine when the wire rope must be removed from service. The card lists wire rope sizes from 3/8” to 1-3/4” (10 mm to 45 mm on back) and the minimum diameter allowed in both fractions and decimals – taking the math out of the inspection.
Crane Setup addresses site preparation, one of the most important aspect of crane operation and explains who is responsible for ensuring the ground will support the crane and loads lifted. Additional information is provided on positioning the crane, maintaining clearances with power lines, and avoiding potentially unstable ground.
Working Around Power Lines summarizes key information about the clearances required when working near or driving under power lines, how and when to use signalpersons. It also includes reminders about how operators and other personnel are to respond in case of contact with live lines.
Future Ready Reference cards will cover Assembly/Disassembly and other topics for individuals...