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What Should be on Your Crane Safety Checklist?

Crane Safety | Mar 10 / 22

When it comes to mobile cranes, safety should always be the primary concern for operators and all surrounding personnel. That is why the experts at TNT Crane & Rigging have provided some information to help project managers and other personnel understand what should be on your crane safety checklist before renting a crane or performing a lift.

Learn why lift planning is important for every operation.

8 Important Questions to Answer with Your Crane Safety Checklist

A comprehensive crane safety checklist should answer the following questions:

1. Is the Operator Certified?

A crane operator must possess a valid certification to perform a lift for your project. TNT Crane & Rigging can provide a certified operator with our crane rentals to save you the hassle of training or hiring one yourself.

2. Has an Annual Inspection Been Completed in the Past Year?

A thorough inspection of all systems must be performed on a mobile crane at least once per year and documented. If one of these inspections has not been performed in the past year, the crane should not be used until an inspection has been completed and the crane has been declared safe to operate.

3. Is the Crane Stable and Level?

Manufacturer load charts can be used to gauge the stability and balance of the unit for the surfaces that it will be operating on. The crane must be safe to operate in all positions, so total stability and balance are crucial.

4. Is the User Manual Easily Accessible?

The manufacturer’s user manual must be present inside the unit for the operator to review and reference.

5. Has the Daily Pre-Use Inspection Been Completed?

Pre-use inspections must be conducted before operation. These inspections check key areas of the machine and are vital for finding signs of damage or small issues before they require major repairs.

6. Has a Lift Plan Been Created for Each Lift?

Lift plans outline how loads will be lifted, identify potential hazards, and give an overview of traffic control measures. This plan is often completed before the crane’s arrival on the project site and should be readily accessible for anyone involved with the project.

7. Are There any Signs of Wear or Damage?

As part of all inspections, any signs of wear or damage must be noted and documented. Moderate to severe signs of wear should be resolved before operation.

8. What Materials Need to be Lifted?

A description of all materials and objects that are to be lifted must be provided. This description is typically included in the lift plan and should specify the dimensions, weight, rigging considerations, and the height the materials need to be lifted to.

To learn more about crane safety or to inquire about our selection of mobile crane rentals, get in touch with the team at TNT Crane & Rigging. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our units or your project.