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Mobile cranes are responsible for a large number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the workplace each year. One of the most common accidents is the situation where a crane comes into contact with overhead power lines. Other accidents include loads that are dropped and cranes overturning.
As a mobile crane operator you have the right, in fact the responsibility, to refuse to lift any load if there is any question about safety and the safe load limits given the environmental conditions at the time. It is an employer’s responsibility to ensure that all operators have received proper safety training.
Ultimately, it comes down to the crane operator. If you are working close to overhead power lines, you should be constantly watching to ensure you don’t make contact. If your vision is obstructed, you should request a signaler to can advise you about your location and the location of the overhead power lines.
Safety training is important to all heavy equipment operators. Crane operators require safety training that is directed to their field, that is, the operation of a crane.
At ATS Heavy Equipment Training Schools we take safety training seriously and include safety components in all heavy equipment training. Crane operations may be dangerous, but then all heavy equipment has a degree of danger attached. Make sure your training includes all the safety aspect required.