Section III - OPERATION UNDER USUAL CONDITIONS
GENERAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
It is impossible to compile a list of safety precautions
covering all situations. However, there are basic safety
precautions that MUST be followed during your daily
routine. Safety is YOUR PRIME RESPONSIBILITY,
since any piece of equipment is only as safe AS THE
PERSON AT THE CONTROLS.
With this thought in mind, this section of the operator's
manual will assist you, the operator, in promoting a safe
working atmosphere for yourself and those around you.
It is not meant to cover every conceivable circumstance
which could arise. It is intended to present basic safety
precautions that should be followed in daily operation.
Because you, the operator, are the only part of the crane
that can think and reason, your responsibility is not
lessened by the addition of operational aids or warning
devices. Indeed, you must guard against acquiring a
false sense of security when using them. They are there
to assist, NOT direct the operation. Operational aids or
warning devices can be mechanical, electrical,
electronic, or a combination thereof. They are subject to
failure or misuse.
You, the operator, are the only one who can be relied
upon to assure the safety of yourself and those around
you. Be a PROFESSIONAL and follow the RULES of
REMEMBER, failure to follow just one safety precaution
can cause that accident to people or equipment.
You are responsible for the safety of yourself and those
Ensure you and those working with you are aware of any
special dangers where you are operating the crane. Be
especially careful of dangerous ground and objects,
including buildings, near the crane.
Be aware at all times that you are responsible for the
safety of yourself, your co-workers, the crane and
everything around it. Make certain the crane is properly
maintained, and then pay attention to winds, boom
deflections, rope sway, and any unusual things, which
you, as a crane operator, may notice which would not be
important to others.
Know and abide by the basic safety rules.
Read and understand the Operator's Manual before
entering the cab.
Follow directions on all placards. Know what they mean
and follow their instructions.
Operators must be thoroughly familiar with safe crane
operating practices and have a complete understanding
of all operation and maintenance instructions provided.
Operators should be physically fit and thoroughly
trained, with related experience, not be easily excitable,
not be subject to epileptic 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
Inspect the crane every day (before the start of each
shift). 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.