Environmental Hazards Crane Safety
- Cranes are very susceptible to lightening strikes, so it is imperative that cranes operations cease whenever there is a threat of lightening.
- When a lightening strike or thunder occur, all lifting operations must stop for 30 minutes.
- If there is a chance for inclement weather, you should monitor you weather very closely. There are multiple apps that will show bad weather and lightening strikes.
- When items are being hoisted by crane, they can become very dynamic due to the wind.
- Items in the air can be caught by the wind creating a sail effect. This is very dangerous since it reduces control of the load by the crane operator.
- It is recommended that crane operations cease when wind speeds reach 20 mph or greater, but depending on the load being lifted 10-15 mph winds might be too great.