Before entering the cab, you must be THOROUGHLY familiar with the planned
route of travel and area of operation, including surface conditions and the presence of overhead
obstructions and power lines.
Always keep the crane clean and free of dirt, debris, and grease.
Fuel the crane ONLY with the engine turned off. Do not smoke while fueling the
crane. Do not store flammable materials on the crane or in the operator's cab.
Follow standard safety precautions when refueling. FUEL IT SAFELY.
Be familiar with the location and use of the nearest fire extinguisher.
Cold weather requires special starting procedures, use of built-in starting aids, if
provided, and ample time for hydraulic oil to warm up. Keep the crane free of ice and snow.
Never operate the crane when darkness, fog, or other visibility restrictions make
operation unsafe. Never operate a crane in thunderstorms or high winds.
Keep unauthorized personnel clear of the working area during operation.
Operate the crane only from the operator's seat. Do not reach in a window or door
to operate any controls.
Operate the crane slowly and cautiously, looking carefully in the direction of
"Stunt" driving and "horse-play" is strictly prohibited. Never allow anyone to hitch a
ride of get on or off a moving crane.
A good practice is to make a "dry run" without a load before making the first lift.
Become familiar with all factors peculiar to the job site.
Ensure the wire rope is properly routed on the hook block and boom nose and that
all rope guards are in place.
USE ENOUGH PARTS OF LINE FOR HEAVY LIFTS AND CHECK ALL LINES,
SLINGS, AND CHAINS FOR CORRECT ATTACHMENT. To obtain maximum lifting capacities,
the hook block must be set up with enough parts of line. NO LESS THAN TWO WRAPS of wire
rope should remain on the hoist drum. When slings, ties, hooks, etc., are used, make certain they
are correctly positioned and secured before raising or lowering the loads.
Be sure the rigging is adequate before lifting and use tag lines when possible to
position and restrain loads. Personnel using tag lines should be on the ground.
Be sure good rigging practices are being used. Refuse to use any poorly
maintained or damaged equipment. Never wrap the hoist cable around a load.