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This program is dedicated to the thousands of men and women who operate overhead cranes. Our objective is to provide fundamental information that will help you, the crane operator, perform your work safely and productively.

Cranes are enormously useful, but they are also potentially dangerous if operated improperly or carelessly. Plant personnel usually work near areas where cranes lift and move loads so it is no exaggeration to say life and limb depend on your skill and experience. You are responsible for operating the crane in accord with established safety practices.

Like the captain of a ship, you are the captain of the crane. If you ever have doubts about the ability of a crane to make a lift safely because of concerns about maintenance, capacity, the stability of the load, or any other factor, do not make the lift. Instead, contact your supervisor.

As the captain of the crane, it is your judgment that counts when you are at the controls. Only trained employees designated by management may operate a crane. Moreover, an experienced operator should never operate an unfamiliar crane in a work situation until he or she has read the instruction manuals provided by the crane manufacturer, has a clear understanding of how the controls work, and has practiced without a load in an area clear of personnel.

Modern cranes come in many sizes and configurations to meet a wide range of applications. Although this program will concentrate on typical cab-operated and floor-operated overhead cranes, much of the information will apply to other kinds of cranes...


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