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Remote control crane safety: Remote control overhead crane driver safety tips

Oct 29, 2019

Remote control overhead crane safety

Crane driver is the important factor for the overhead crane running and traveling. A skilled Crane driver can make the crane work more easily and get twofold results with half the effort.


Remote control overhead crane components

It is the basic for crane driver’s to master the basic components of the remote control overhead crane which will be operated. Let’s see the main components drawing of remote controlled overhead crane now.


Remote controlled crane driver’s responsibilities


Remote control overhead crane drivers to care for the safety of themselves and anyone working in the area of the remote crane.


Remote control overhead crane safety


Any problems with the overhead crane to be reported immediately so that it can be fixed.


Remote control overhead crane safety


Checking List-Before Switching on Power

Before Switching on the Main Switch

1. Make sure the main switch is off and place your tag on it.


2. Make sure the bridge is clear and inspect the remote overhead crane for loose material.


Remote control overhead crane safety - Before switching on power


3. Check that the hoist ropes are positioned correctly on the drum and sheaves; When the hook block is fully lowered, ensure there is a minimum of 2 turns of hoist rope on the drum.


Remote control overhead crane safety - On hoist rope drum


4. Any obvious mechanical problem to be reported to your supervisor immediately.


3. After making these checks and if everything is clear, switch on the main isolating switch, remove your tag and press the start button.


Checking List-After Switching on Power

After switching on power

1. Full current limit switch tripped.


Remote control overhead crane safety on winch


1. Normal operation of full current limit switch and any problem please notify your supervisor.


Remote control overhead crane safety - on electric hoist winch


3. Crane brake test


Remote control overhead crane safety - on crane brake testing


Lifting Hazard

Keeping fingers clear when lifting


Don't stand under loads


Ensure the hoist hook block is directly above the load.


Safe Operation of Remote Crane

Avoid creating a swinging motion on the load whilst handling, chase and catch a swinging load


Parking the Crane

Park at designed location

Remove the load from the hook

Press the stop button

Switch off power at the main isolating switch.


Select the right lifting devices when lifting

According to the shapes, weight, sizes, and featues of the lifting loads, the remote crane driver's has the responsibility's to make sure the right lifting devices or below the hook lifting devices are selected accordingly.


When Lifting Flat Products

When lifting flat products, it is better to use the carrier beam to lifting to ensure safety.


Remote control overhead crane safety on lifting flat loads, sheets, etc.


Using Eye-bolts


Remote control overhead crane safety on using eye-bolts


When Lifting Long and Loose Bundle


Remote control overhead crane safety on lifting long and loose bundles


Some General Visual Signals


Remote control overhead crane safety on driver's visual singals


Inspection of Slings

Crane slings is also important when the remote overhead crane safet is concerned. The inspection of the slings is also part of the job for daily inspection. Generally, the crane slings such as, chain sling, wire rope sling, and synthetic slings and other types should be inpsected carefully.




Some General inspection on the crane slings


Inspection on wire rope slings


Remote control overhead crane safety on wire rope slings


Inspections of lifting chain slings


Remote control overhead crane safety on lifting chains


Abuse to Be Avoided


Remote control overhead crane safety on sling abuses


Summary- Operating Procedure

1. Everyone in the immediate vicinity is clear of the load and aware that the load is being moved.


2. Gently take up the slack before lifting.


3. Operate controls slowly and gradually.


4. If load swing, "chase" and "catch" the load.


5. Never leave a suspended load unattended, even for short period.


6. Nobody stands under the load.


7. Always lift load using center of hook.


8. Always place hook directly above the loads center


9. Never place hook block on the ground or load.


10. When traveling with load, accelerate and brake gently.


11. Travel with load as close to ground as possible and keep speed to a minimum.


12. Have unobstructed view of load, chaser and work area.


13. Work only at areas that are well illuminated.


14. When walking with a load, walk behind and beside the load. Guide load with palm of the hand and do not hold the slings.


15. Suspended load must not be left untended.


16. Lower load and remove slings from hook.


17. Raise hook to a safe level (~2.5 meters)


18. Remove all slings and other lifting gears from the load and store them appropriately.


19. Switch the remote unit off and place it in a safe or designated position.