A Guide explaining different hand signals for crane operators
Cranes are extremely important for all industries. Be it construction, production, car manufacturing or cargo industry, cranes are an essential and inalienable part of the industry.
Operators need to be attentive, vigilant and cautious while operating the cranes. Although, accidents can not be completely avoided but they can be mitigated and the best way to do it is by being careful.
Safety should be the primary concern in all the industries and there should be no compromise on incorporating the safe practices. Crane Cafe is aimed at presenting you the best quality content. With that spirit, presented here is an article which highlights the importance of hand signals in operating the crane safely. The article also explains various hand signals and their meanings.
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The definitions and explanation regarding different hand signals for crane operators are as follows:
To hoist, or raise the load, the signaler stands with his/her right arm bent 90 degrees upward. From there, the signaler points his/her finger upward and and turns it around from the elbow in a counter-clockwise motion.
Lowering the load is where the signaler places his/her right arm pointing straight downward to the side by the hip, points the finger off to the right, and turns the finger around from the elbow in a counter-clockwise fashion.
To raise the boom, the signaler begins with the right arm outstretched to the side. From there, the signaler points the thumb upward.
To lower the boom is the reversal of the signal to raise the boom. The signaler begins with the right arm outstretched to the side. From there, they point their thumb downwards.
Dog everything, or pause, can be useful if the situation changes, if there is a need for further instructions, or if there is the potential for danger. The signal for dog everything is to place the signaler’s hands clasped in front of the stomach.
To signal stop, the signaler bends his/her elbow with the upper arm extended, palm down, and rhythmically extends and retracts their hand to a fully extended arm out to the side. Emergency stop is the same, only with both arms.
The information relating to other hand signals for crane operators can be obtained by accessing the brilliantly written article on TNT Crane & Rigging. Read the complete article to obtain the information and spread to your crane operators and workers.