The heavy construction activity in our business operation frequently requires us to work with and around cranes and rigging equipment of all shapes, sizes and descriptions. This type of work is dangerous when the proper Construction Safety precautions are not taken, or adhered to. When precautions are ignored, the resulting losses in terms of human life, serious personal injury, and extensive equipment and property damage are astronomical.
Included in this section of the Safety Flash are suggested methods and steps to be taken to assist in reducing, minimizing and eliminating the losses that occur in the construction industry annually as a result of crane and rigging incidents.
The guidelines put forth in this section are intended to compliment applicable governing regulations and the manufacturer’s specifications, which shall be observed at all times during our crane and rigging operations on or off site.
In a nutshell the major causes of accidents in crane and rigging operations are misuse and abuse of materials and equipment, largely due to ignorance or carelessness. The greater percentage of these causes stems from the attitudes often present in and around crane and rigging operations. Those attitudes contributing to the causes of accidents could be expressed in this fashion:
- A is for APATHY – The “So what, who cares” attitude.
- C is for CARELESSNESS – The attitude that means people behave as if there were no danger at all.
- C is for COMPLACENCY – The “I’ve never been hurt. No one else has been hurt here either, so why all the fuss about Accident Prevention?” attitude.
- I is for IGNORING – I thought … isn’t good enough. More often than not, if you are wrong in crane and rigging operations, your most likely going to be DEAD wrong.
- D is for DISINTEREST – The “I have no opinion. Do it however you want to. I don’t care or worry about anyone but myself.” attitude.
- E is for EXCEPTION TO RULES – The “We gotta get this done, forget that Construction Safety precaution bull this time.” attitude.
- N is for NEGLIGENCE – Not paying attention to, or accepting responsibility for the things for which we are responsible.
- is for TIRED – Failing to get enough rest to keep us alert.
Crane and Rigging operations require a greater degree of individual alertness in order to spot a potential problem and react quickly and correctly to it.
Share This Article
Subscribe to our RSS Feed. What is RSS?