As a crane operator, I learnt lots of thing by reading this News letter. When it comes to training and speciallized services Crane Tech offers you the most flexible options. +��H��"C���Е1����7# Lightning is likely to strike the tallest objects in a given area—you should not be the tallest object. Take a look at some of the safety precautions crane operators can take during a thunderstorm.

Looking forward to more latest publishings! So common sense must prevail in this case as well. If you see anything suspicious at all, you should put off using your equipment until further inspections are done. This is where many times the push and pull of risk versus cost begins.

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The rope may heat up at the point of the strike to such an extent that the steel starts to melt. If lightning were to strike your crane while you were using it, it could prove to be catastrophic and could put your employees at risk. Ajith P. I work by mammoet the netherlands by Mammoet world wide we do have info about this and we yuse this in toolboxes ect. According to several crane manufacturers they refer to lightning strikes being the cause of problems with the electronic systems that control crane functions.

OSHA 29 CFR 1926 SUBPART CC Rev1010 DRAFT. It has been reported that if a lightning strike is detected 10 miles away, then the next strike can be at your location—regardless if it is raining or not. An excerpt from a crane operator manuals states: “An extreme form of heat damage is caused by lightning strike. NCCCO Platinum Sponsor. Another way is in terms of thunder, which is created when lightning’s high temperature explodes the surrounding air. Washington – Lightning is a frequently overlooked occupational hazard, according to a new fact sheet from OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Since lightning is unpredictable, how do you know if lightning is within striking distance and work should stop? �S{�!�]|ܗM�,9�/�!�M\K������@��ˣ˶] � ���u�)8�p0(5� �?�&�?ʹ��y���x'NOE�m�*MK-�3��Wd�u����Rk�8��&���Iy/��#q��_Sn���ɾ5�k;p*7S��wW Y��S+�f0����/�e��/��E�� ]긼, �� �x#6S �\�� ��^�Z���ݘ=��Ҟ�|�_�=YI�H�t2��"���Bh>?BW�|�yr���?�XǑ��H"�J�ˤ"oII��홥(�:3���r ��88��jD.

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There are inexpensive portable lightning detectors on the market that can detect when there is a strike within a 10 mile radius, many smart phones also offer weather apps that can notify the user of lightning, or there are commercial lightning detection systems that monitor and notify of lightning activity. If you can hear thunder then you are close enough to be struck by lightning. You should always wait about 30 minutes after a thunderstorm has moved on before using a crane again. Brandon, FL 33511, Copyright © 1977-2020 Crane Tech LLC | Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Disclaimer, take action after hearing thunder/seeing lightning, When the Thunder Rolls and Lightning Strikes. The question gets asked, “do we stop work for the sake of safety at the expense of the project timeline and budget?” So before Crane Tech provides some recommendations regarding cranes and lightning, lets ask this simple question: If lighting was striking near by, would you continue to: Chances are you said “NO” to each of these, as common sense tells us that these are all fool-hardy options—if you were to do these things in an approaching storm, you are just asking for trouble. Crane Tech offers a turn-key service for NCCCO training and testing. Want to review the standards yourself?

Therefore, as a rule of thumb, you should shut down crane operations if you see lightning or hear thunder. There is no formal set of guidelines in the U.S. for crane usage around lightning, except where it is mentioned in several standards as a part of adverse weather conditions.

In other words from the National Lightning Safety Institute, “If you can see it (Lightning), flee it; If you can hear it (Thunder), clear it.”. Crane Tech is a proud In general, you should stop using a crane and other metal equipment when a thunderstorm is within 10 miles of you. OSHA issued a final rule setting November 10, 2018, as the date for employers in the construction industries to comply with a requirement for crane operator certification.

So when do you cease work, where do you go, and for how long should crane operations be suspended?

Recently one of our customers asked “Where can I find the guidelines for lightning safety with cranes?”  Unfortunately, lightning is not addressed in a straightforward way that Crane Tech wishes it was. During the past 30 years, about 50 people, on average, have been killed by lightning strikes every year, and many more suffer permanent disabilities. g���Y�pV:+��� Any time you plan on using a crane, you should check the local NOAA weather reports first to see if there’s a chance of a thunderstorm or other inclement weather. You never know what Crane Tech’s take might be. If there’s even a slight chance thunder and lightning could be in your area, you should plan to either use the crane on a different day or work around the timing of the storm.