What signs are needed for overhead cranes?

Overhead cranes are essential for construction, shipping, and many other industries. Whenever using this (or any) type of crane, it is critical that the proper safety precautions are followed. One of these is going to be putting up the necessary safety signs on the crane, and in the area surrounding it. These signs will alert people in the area to potential dangers and ensure they can take the necessary precautions to stay safe.

Types of Safety Signs

There are many types of safety signs that can be used where cranes are in operation. The specific ones that are required by OSHA will depend largely on what type of work is being done, where it is being done, and other factors. The following are some of the most common types of signs:

  • Caution Signs – Caution signs that indicate that an overhead crane is in use are important for alerting those in the area to this type of activity.
  • Pre-Use Inspection Sign – Signs that list all pre-use inspection items that need to be done for a crane can be very helpful. These signs can be put on the crane itself, in the operator seat, or in the area around the crane.
  • Maximum Load Capacity – A sign that lists the maximum load capacity for a given crane is a great way to remind those who prepare the loads of the limitations.
  • Electrocution Hazards – Signs that alert the crane operator to the fact that there are electrical wires in an area will help to avoid serious accidents.
  • Specific Instructions – When a crane has specific requirements, such as the need to extend outriggers before use, putting up a sign reflecting these instructions will be very helpful.

Depending on the situation, signs can either be put up permanently in the area around a crane, or temporarily if the crane will only be in use for a short time. The important thing is to make sure that the right safety signs are in place, and easily visible by both the crane operator and those in the surrounding area.


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