According to Block O’Toole & Murphy, “…crane accidents are a direct result of someone’s negligence…90% of crane accidents happen because of human error.”
What causes these accidents?
Most cases, it is because whoever is handling the crane is not fully trained or competent, which can make them unaware of risks they may be implementing on those around them.
The UK Government website has reiterated an ongoing issue regarding safe use of “HIAB”- type cranes on lorries, more importantly, what not to do.
Titled “Operators and ‘HIAB’-type cranes on lorries – know your responsibilities” The role of this content is to not only assure others of what they can and can’t do in relation to lorry use, but to also look out for mistakes being made relating to this subject matter.
This would make those ask themselves,
What training is needed for this situation?
Due to the number of complacency issues deemed hazardous by the government article, this is one reason as to why there are many training courses in place at 2 Start.
Strap Down Your Loader Crane Campaign
ALLMI has recently launched their Strap Down Your Loader Crane! campaign to promote loader crane safety and to remind delegates of the potential consequences they could face if they don’t secure their loader crane properly.
The Strap Down Your Loader Crane! campaign focuses on loader crane safety, supplying delegates with many tips and resources that can help secure your loader crane correctly.
Additionally, there is guidance on what is safe (and what isn’t) when traveling with a loader crane.
As outlined by ALLMI, “If a loader crane cannot be folded for travel, it should always be strapped down securely to the vehicle bed.”
Failure to do so can lead to “…uncontrolled slewing…” as well as “…the extremities of the vehicle being breached…” which can cause damage of equipment and property, as well as potential injuries or fatalities to delegates.
There can be potential criminal prosecution for drivers who fail to secure their loader crane, and it is the sole responsibility of the driver to ensure the load and any equipment are secured properly and stowed for travel, following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
For more information on how to secure your loader crane and to read more about ALLMI’s Strap Down your Loader Crane! campaign, visit their website!
Additionally, completing ALLMI accredited HIAB training will help give you working knowledge of loader cranes and teach you the correct techniques for safe use.