Heavy lifting equipment have a variety of uses, especially at construction sites. Improper use of heavy equipment has been the cause of quite a few fatalities and accidents over a period of time. According to data collected by NIOSH NTOF, in the time period of 1980-1989, machine related injuries were second only to injuries caused by motor vehicles as the leading cause of occupational injury fatalities. Machine-related injuries accounted for 14% of all deaths (worksafecenter.com, UNDERSTAND NEED FOR HEAVY MACHINERY SAFETY, 2016).
Workers and employees face various safety threats in the construction and heavy-lifting industry. Some construction accidents have been so disastrous, that these are still etched in public memory. Accidents are caused by safety hazards such as collapsing cranes, chemical exposures, misuse of machinery, etc (Amerisure Insights, “BUILDING ON DISASTER: FOUR CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD”, 2015). The risks of life and property can be decreased with the use of proper heavy lifting equipment.
It is a common fact that construction sites make use of a wide variety of construction machines, which make the construction job easy, safe and quicker. Among these construction machines, one of the most important and most commonly used types is heavy lifting machines.
Hoisting and lifting involves special considerations, such as lift radius, machine capacity and ground conditions. Over the years, operator assisting devices have been added to these machines, making them easy to control. Heavy lifting equipment has evolved in size as well. Today’s equipment is capable of enormous lifts with a relatively easy movement.