Duties of the crane operator - dangerous situations
The crane operator must have appropriate preparation - a course for gantries is necessary, as well as passing the exam for the qualifications for gantries. During UDT training and during OHS trainings, the crane operator receives information on how to act in case of dangerous situations.
Dangerous situations in crane service we divide into three categories:
If the crane breaks down, stop work immediately and report the situation to your supervisor. Work may not continue until the faults and hazards have been remedied. Before starting work, the device should be additionally checked.
If a fire breaks out while operating a crane, the crane must immediately warn people in the danger area. Cut off the power supply and gas supply in the building and in the crane. In the event of a large fire, alert the fire brigade, and when it is not large, you can try to extinguish the fire yourself with a fire extinguisher. You should notify your superiors about the incident. In case of danger, a decision must be made on the possible evacuation of people.
If an accident occurs while operating the crane, the scene of the accident should be secured and the injured persons should be provided first aid. You should call for medical help if necessary. You should also notify your superiors about the incident.
In a situation where the crane operator has doubts about the work safety conditions, he or she may stop work and ask the supervisor to clarify the situation. In the event of an immediate threat, the employee may refrain from performing work. The supervisor may then appoint him a substitute job.