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Not only the operators of cranes are susceptible to crane related accidents but any worker or person in its vicinity of operation may be injured or even killed by a crane accident.
Exclusion zones on construction sites are extremely necessary when cranes are involved in order to protect workers from injury.
The process of isolating the hazard (in this case the crane) is vital to separating workers from the danger of the crane hazard. An option may be to erect a physical barrier to prevent any part of the machine or the load being moved from encroaching on the exclusion zone and injuring someone outside of the zone. A physical barrier should be put up and be capable of withstanding an impact from falling objects, loose materials or other plant or machinery.
Workers could also consider re-designing equipment or the work process by using limiting devices to limit the movement of the machinery so that it does not injure workers nearby. The next measures to be implemented are administrative ones and should include using a safety observer to watch and warn workers as well as machinery operators of dangers while the machinery is in movement.
There are various scenarios that could present themselves during crane operation. Each of these need to be considered before beginning work and measures need to be put in place to manage these hazards to ensure that the gruesome and deadly accidents involving cranes are a thing of the past.