C r a n e operators must be thoroughly familiar with safe crane operating
practices and have a complete understanding of all operation and maintenance
i n s t r u c t i o n s provided. Operators should be physically fit and thoroughly
trained, with related experience, not be easily excitable, not be subject to
e p i l e p t i c seizures, and not be using any drug that could impair physical,
visual, or mental reactions or capabilities.
Wear the proper clothing for the job. Wear personnel protective equipment as
required by local or job regulations.
Inspect the crane every day. Ensure that routine maintenance and lubrication
are being dutifully performed. Don't operate a damaged or poorly maintained
crane. You risk lives when operating faulty machinery, including your own.
Know the area in which you are working. Familiarize yourself with work site
obstructions and other potential hazards in the area.
Use caution when in the vicinity of overhanging banks or edges.
Keep your shoes clean. Before entering the cab, clean any mud or grease from
your shoes. This will reduce the possibility of your foot slipping off a control
pedal, possibly resulting in an accident.