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Safety with Cranes and Hoists

Delaware Construction Accident Lawyers discuss safety with cranes and hoists to help workers avoid construction accidents. Cranes and hoists are massive pieces of heavy equipment that are used throughout the construction industry for many different tasks. Hoists are used to lift and lower loads vertically while cranes are able to move loads both vertically and horizontally. Because of their size and the weight of the loads they are designed to carry, proper safety when using cranes and hoists is of the utmost importance.

Although most crane and hoist accidents are preventable, every year hundreds of construction workers are seriously injured or killed working with or near cranes and hoists. Common crane accidents include tip overs, crane boom collapse, and load accidents.


Cranes and hoists should be installed only according to manufacturer’s specifications. Attention must be given to location and clearance allowances so as to avoid overhead power lines and existing structures. After installation, both operational and load testing of the crane or hoist should be completed. The work area of the crane with regard to its swing radius should be clearly marked and blocked off from foot and vehicle traffic to prevent other workers from being struck by the load.


An initial inspection by a qualified professional must take place after installation to verify a crane or hoist is safe to use. Any modification, alteration or repair to the crane or hoist warrants another inspection before use. Alterations and modifications may only be made by a qualified technician and with approval from the manufacturer.

Cranes and hoists should be inspected using a checklist before the start of service each day and any hazards reported immediately to a supervisor. Periodic documented inspections should be part of any safety program.


Maintenance of cranes and hoists should be performed as recommended by the manufacturer and kept on record with the dates when each maintenance task was carried out.

When performing maintenance, lockout/tagout procedures should be used to prevent accidental shocks or electrocutions.

Safety Precautions for Those Working With or Near Cranes

  • Cranes and hoists should only be operated by trained and authorized personnel. No one else should be allowed to use the crane or give signals.
  • Test the warning signals on cranes and hoists and use them to warn others of moving or approaching overhead loads.
  • Do not distract the operator of the crane or the signal persons working with the operator
  • Never walk or stand under a load or attempt to ride on the load or hooks
  • Always wear appropriate head, foot and hand gear

Proper safety procedures and maintenance of cranes and hoists can prevent unnecessary injuries and fatalities to construction workers.

Delaware Construction Accident Lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow, LLC Advocate for Injured Construction Workers

If you are a construction worker who has been injured on the job, the Delaware construction accident lawyers at Rhoades & Morrow, LLC can help. We will evaluate your case and then fight to get you the maximum compensation available for your injuries, whether from Workers’ Compensation or a third-party claim. An initial consultation is free so call us today at 302-427-9500 or contact us online. With convenient locations in Wilmington, Bear, and Milford, we help injured workers across the state of Delaware.

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