A crane is used to lift and move concrete, steel, building materials, and large tools. However, it would be a huge dilemma if a crane fell over on your worksite. Due to safety and hazard concerns, our Fort Lauderdale construction lawyers have a few things that you will need an addition to the crane to ensure your worksite remains safe.
In order to maintain your crane, you will be issued a permit and then required to conduct regular inspections. The building plan for any building shall contain sufficient information to determine if the crane is necessary and compliant. Inspections must be done after extreme weather, a major incident/accident, and after six months on your construction project.
The crane must be operated by a full-time employee who is qualified to perform inspections on the crane. To perform crane inspections, the individual must have a minimum of five years of work experience in the crane industry, with two of the five being in the conducting of crane inspections.
The crane operator must also:
- Provide proof of at least one technical course to inspect the equipment.
- Pass a physical examination and a substance abuse test conducted by a physician.
- Pass a written examination to test operational and emergency knowledge and skills.
Crane Communication Skills
The individual operating the crane must also be well-versed in communication. If communication has to happen from crane to crane, then a clear channel of radio communication must be provided between the cranes. If communication is being conducted from person to operator, then all signaling persons must be tested to demonstrate their qualifications. Certification of the signal persons in standard hand and voice signals will be in accordance with any federal, state or local testing program.
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