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Access Work Areas

Prestart on Crane

& Potential Hazards

Uneven surfaces, material in area

weather affected surface (erosion, water, dust)

Stairs, varying ground levels

Falls from mobile equipment

Manual Handling Injury

Oil Spills

Other Traffic and Mobile Equipment

Plant Unexpected Moving or been started


Mobilising Plant

Traffic Interaction/ Other Vehicle / Pedestrian


Set up Crane

Uneven Ground / Crane Collapse

Ground Collapse / Underground Services

Incorrect Crane location / Out of Radius

Manual Handling Injuries

Control measures or action required
Use correct paths to access work fronts
Remove excess materials in area
Dispose of unwanted materials
Notify supervisor if remediation work is required
Avoid walking through excessively affected wet areas
Notify supervision if potholes and erosion requires rectification and make area safe before leaving
Use three points of contact when using stairs
Use designated paths where provided
Ensure surface is in a satisfactory state to be used as access, if not notify supervisor
3 points of contacted are to be maintained whilst accessing and exiting crane/s
Walk up ladders forward facing
Ensure that crane decks are kept clear and clean
Plan all manual handling lifts (path to be travelled, within personal capabilities)
Use the correct manual handling techniques
Dual person lift
Use mechanical aides
Use qualified service person to refuel and add fluids and to service this vehicle
Report defects to supervisor
Ensure that a spill kit is available and kept current
Ensure plant is parked in a safe area away from other traffic
Use signage and barricading or cones
Use spotter if required
Communication (hand signals, voice, radios, signage)
Isolate the vehicle before starting prestart
Ensure the vehicle is parked as per site regulations or use wheel chocks
Walk crane route to check for traffic and other work crews
Notify other work crews in the area of crane movements
Use Spotters to walk cranes
Operator to walk area where crane will be positioned to assess ground conditions
Compaction and levelness of the site before setting up the crane
Operator to hold a current High Risk Licence for the plant he is to operate

A current site VOC for this crane must also be completed and the operator must be competent

Underground services are located before setting up the machine
Hardwood timbers are to be placed under outriggers
Operator and crew to assess the job location and placement of steelwork before setting up the crane
Weight of the load and the radius required must fall within manufactures guidelines
Ensure weights marked on equipment are correctly identified
Use correct lifting techniques when laying out blocks for the outrigger pads
Plan all manual handling lifts (path to be travelled, within personal capabilities)


Set Up Work Area

Mobile Plant Interaction / Crushing / Plant Contact

Pedestrian Traffic Through Work Area

Safe Work Instruction 04 – Cranes/Rigging

Use the correct manual handling techniques when lifting, shift, moving or rigging equipment
Dual person lift where necessary
Use mechanical aides where possible
Discuss and plan all job tasks and aspects with the crew prior to start of the job
When interfacing with other mobile plant ensure that communication is established
Correct permits and SWMS are in place along with the JSEA
Identify all local hazards
Barricade all slew zones and drop zones.
Barricade the cranes work area with bunting, mesh or witches hats
Ensure correct signage is in place