Make no mistakes, familiarity with mobile cranes, as a result of day to day use, tends to create a complacent, “take safety for granted attitude” among people who work with and around mobile cranes.
Supervisors must be constantly aware that this kind of human hazard does exist, and adds a
considerable amount of danger to the inherent hazards already present in and around crane operations. The method of reducing the “Human Factor Hazard” is to establish a procedure for each specific task, and ensure that all personnel involved in those various tasks know and understand those procedures, and are encouraged not to deviate from them.
As an example, greater than 50% of all crane accidents are caused by mistakes made, and rushed, sloppy work being carried out when the crane was being assembled, prepared for the operation, and placed to make the lift.
Rushed sloppy work will almost always result in severe personal injury and monumental losses in equipment and property, when working with cranes. The “Good Enough” attitude must not be allowed to prevail.
Management must accept their responsibility for the proper planning and engineering of crane
operations. Supervisors must in turn transform that planning and engineering into practical action in the field, in the form of established procedures that do not result in that rushed and sloppy work. In this way, and only in this way, can the human error be minimized in crane operations
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