Once you’ve installed your overhead crane operation, you’ll need to learn how to operate one.
You always want to make sure you use an overhead crane with the utmost care to ensure the safety of those nearby.
T&M Cranes has created a list of the top 5 tips for handling overhead crane operation. We believe it’s important to review everything you can about operating an overhead crane, so you can do your work effectively and safely.
Make sure you take all necessary training to understand how to operate the machine correctly.
Without proper training, you could endanger yourself and others. There are several online classes you can take to learn how to operate an overhead crane. The classes will give you instructions on how to turn on the crane, move all parts safely, and power it down correctly. You’ll be able to utilize these skills under close supervision.
Check the ground your crane is on to make sure it’s a safe work area.
Cranes are very heavy, and if they’re not in a safe, stable, and level work area they can tip over or slide down the ground they’re on. It’s best to use a specialist to check your work area so you know it’s ready for heavy equipment. Have them check your work area and give the all-clear before getting started.
Make movements slowly.
Moving the crane too quickly can make the equipment tip over or upset the material it’s carrying. Take your time and move the crane slowly. While we all want to get the job done quickly, it's important to get the job done right. Slow and steady always wins the race.
Use hand signals to communicate with your team.
Hand signals are a great way to communicate with your team over loud machinery. Cranes are no different. Use hand signals agreed upon by the rest of your team so that you can let each other know what’s happening with the cargo and if you need to stop.
Ensure that the load you’re picking does not outweigh the crane itself.
It’s important to weigh your load so that you don’t unintentionally pick up material that is heavier than the crane. Doing so will make the crane tip over, and can endanger the operator as well as those around the crane.
These tips will ensure that you are able to use an overhead crane safely and effectively. Above all, it’s important to understand how to use your crane, take your time, communicate with your team as you go, and know what you’re lifting. Overhead cranes can be incredibly useful in many situations, so long as you know how to handle the crane correctly.
If you’re ever curious about your overhead crane, or want help with adjustments or repairs, T&M Cranes is happy to help. We aim to provide crane solutions for all kinds of warehouses, projects, and businesses.
Contact us today and let us know if you have any questions!