Overhead Crane Safety

Overhead cranes can be one of the tougher machines to operate in the industry. Operators must be both mentally and physically competent and aware at all times and must be able to pay strict attention to detail from the pre-lift stages to the post-lifting stages of crane use. There is absolutely no margin for error when it comes to dealing with overhead cranes, and OptiCrane Inc. knows just how stressful the life of an overhead crane operator can be. That is why we are always on the lookout for the most state-of-the-art technologies available that can make the job not only a lot less stressful on the operator and his fellow workers, but will also help in making the workplace a safer environment for everyone.

In order to be able to operate an overhead crane, one must be competent, properly qualified to do the job, and must also possess a fair amount of experience. Overhead crane operators must be familiar of all the crane terminology and parts; and as well, they must be able to determine both component and overall crane lift capacity. Proper pre- and post-operational checks must be conducted, and any defects or problems should be reported immediately. Operators must also be familiar of how to devise a proper lift plan, assessing the safest route available. Proper hand signals and radio communication is absolutely essential, and operators must also be familiar of any emergency response procedures regarding different situations. This among many other requirements can make the job extremely physically and mentally exhausting.

OptiCrane Inc.’s services are complimented by an experienced team that specialize in various Mobile, Self-Erect, Luffer, Tower, and Gantry Crane technologies, and we have developed several “operator and manager aid products” which are designed to improve the safety and efficiency of all types of cranes, whether they be old or new. Such technologies include viewing systems, lifting devices, wireless communication systems, interactive information displays, and equipment/parts/components which are designed to maximize safety while also promoting efficiency. Our devices maximize visibility of the lifting operation, and minimize miscommunication between the rigger and the operator. This in turn will help significantly reduce the amount of accidents and collisions caused by overhead cranes, and will make the job less physically demanding on the operator.

At OptiCrane Inc. we believe that there is absolutely no compromise for safety, especially when it comes to cranes. By increasing visibility of the surrounding environment and decreasing risks of crane and load collisions, it has been proven that an overhead crane operator’s job will get done much faster than when operator does what is known as “blind lifting.” Radio communications and hand signals can be a recipe for miscommunication, which can result in significant accidents, and thousands, if not millions of dollars in damage to the surrounding environment. By using the latest technologies available to reduce the dependence of an operator on his signaller, we are in turn significantly reducing the amount of miscommunications in the workplace. This has been proven by test runs on construction sites to reduce the amount of time to complete the loading and unloading process, while at the same time keeping accidents to workers and significant owner’s investments at a bare minimum.