Read, understand, and comply with all instructions supplied with your crane. Also, pay attention to the equipment used with the crane such as hoists, trolleys, power drives (if applicable), etc. Read, understand, and comply with the requirements of OSHA (Occupational Safety, and Health Administration) 1910.179.

Inspect Crane Before Moving and/or Each Day’s Use

  • Center load under i-beam before lifting.
  • When moving the crane under load, position the load at the center of the i-beam.
  • Use the crane at the lowest height possible to lower the center of gravity.
  • DO NOT lift or support humans.
  • DO NOT allow the load to swing or roll against any supporting members.
  • DO NOT TOW or pull the crane.
    • Do not lift loads that are heavier than the rated capacity of the crane.
    • Make certain the load is free to be lifted.

Positioning of Crane to Handle Loads

Crane Inspection and Safe Operation Instructions

Positioning of Casters

Positioning of Casters |

A. To secure crane position while lifting load, lock diagonally opposite casters as shown.
B. To utilize maximum crane strength, lock the casters as shown.
C. To move the crane and/or load it perpendicular to the i-beam, lock casters as shown or allow casters to pivot freely.
D. To move the crane and/or load it parallel to the i-beam, lock casters as shown or allow casters to pivot freely.

Lock / Un-Lock Casters |

General Safety Instructions for Crane Adjustments and Use

  • ADJUSTMENTS and/or repairs should be made in an area where they will have the least interference with ongoing operations.
  • DO NOT make adjustments when the crane is under load. If the crane is in operation, lower and disconnect the load before making any adjustments.
  • SECURE TROLLEY AND HOIST to prevent movement during adjustment of the crane.
  • DO NOT ADJUST any one leg (or end) more than one foot above or below the other legs (or end), as it could cause the crane to “topple” and result in injury and/or equipment damage.
  • RATED LOAD capacity is plainly marked on each side of I-beam. Each hoisting unit shall have its rated load clearly marked and shall be legible from ground or floor.
  • FORM 1004 (this form) attached in convenient location by user.
  • MAKE CERTAIN that all Warning or Caution labels are in place and legible. Replacements for damaged or missing labels upon request.

Methods of Supporting Crane for Assembly

DO NOT ASSEMBLE, DISASSEMBLE OR MAKE ANY ADJUSTMENTS TO CRANE UNTIL the unit is supported by one of the three methods illustrated below.

Methods For Supporting Crane While Being Assembled |

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