A crane truck is one of the most useful tools when it comes to portable lifting solution. It offers enough capability to move objects from one place to another without the need of assembling and disassembling. Moreover, it can conveniently travel on highways, allowing objects to be easily transported from one location to another.
A perfect combination of power, strength and mobility, a crane truck can meet most of the lifting requirements of construction sites. For most construction companies, a crane truck is the best option to save time and money on all lifting task. But because a crane truck deals with very heavy weights, safe operation of these vehicles is critical. Operators must be trained to use a crane truck properly and safely, so serious injuries and costly accidents can be avoided.
Here are ways to operate a crane truck safely.
- Attend a crane truck operator training course. To find out about programs available in your area, do an online research.
- Make sure you know how to manipulate the vehicle properly. That includes knowing how to use the foot pedals and levers to raise, lower and rotate it well.
- Learn the crane truckload capacity. Loads that exceed the vehicle capacity should not be moved. If you find that the load is over the limit, shut off the vehicle and then lighten the load.
- Before start operating a crane truck, make sure you have the adequate number or workers to help you during the lifting task. Each rig should have an operator, a signal person, and a member responsible for the crane’s parts.
- Make sure that the outrigger of the crane truck is hooked up properly to a sturdy base.
- Calculate the proper counterweight. For that, there is a formula based on the weight of the load, the operating angle and the operating radius of the boom that you can use.
- To avoid the possibility of the crane truck leaning frontward, position the counterweights on the underside of the vehicle’s cab.
- To make it easier to remember, mark all the switches and control buttons with a label to indicate their function. Test each of them to ensure they do not stick and release immediately.
- Before moving any load, clear the path of any obstacle and people.
- Be aware of the location and voltage of the overhead power lines. If necessary, de-energize the necessary lines and establish insulated barriers before starting the lift.
- Choose a travel route free from harm (bridges for example) and operate at a slower speed.
As you can see, dealing with a crane truck requires knowledge and responsibilities such as a well planned operation. A properly planned operation will ensure efficiency and safety of the lifting task.