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Serious injuries and even death can occur if overhead cranes aren’t inspected and properly used.
Injuries have been reported after workers were struck by a load, or pinched between the load and another object. OSHA’s Crane, Hoist and Monorail Alliance offers general safety tips for overhead crane operators: Don’t attempt to lengthen wire rope or repair damaged wire rope. Don’t allow a welding electrode to be touched to the wire rope. Use your experience, knowledge and training to assess risks and follow procedures. Never operate a crane and hoist that’s damaged or has any actual or suspected mechanical or electrical problems. Don’t use the wire rope, any part of the crane, hoist, or the load block and hook as a ground for welding. Never remove or obscure warning labels on the crane or hoist. Don’t walk – or allow anyone else to – under a suspended load. Don’t perform any work on a suspended load that requires a worker to be positioned under the load.
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