Here are some helpful tips to get you thinking about how to make your site safer when cranes are used on-site:

  • Select the proper crane and lifting equipment for the task, size and weight of the load.

  • Ensure cranes are maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications and requirements, and operated within their design parameters.
  • Check that crane operators and persons connecting loads have the skills, training and licences to operate safely.

  • Create and implement safe systems of work and ensure all workers are properly trained and competent before commencing the task.

  • Consider environmental factors such as weather, ground bearing capacity, overhead and underground services such as powerlines and pipes/drains

  • Establish exclusions zones to ensure non-essential persons are excluded from the area of operation.

  • Ensure a Safe Work Method Statement (SWMS) is created prior to high-risk construction work commencing and the controls selected are suitable for the specific work.