craneBy Jena Williams

A crane operator/truck driver died in July of 2010 when he fell 4 feet while dismounting from the crane’s turntable. There is a lot of overlap between this investigation of the crane operator’s situation and what truck drivers face on a daily basis. Below are some tips gained from the fatality investigation.

  • Maintain 3-points of contact — two hands and one foot, or one hand and two feet – with the equipment or ground at all times. This method allows for greater stability and control and reduces the possibility of a fall.
  • Face toward the equipment, both when mounting and dismounting. This allows for better balance and use of handholds/handrails and better contact of the foot with steps.
  • Do not jump. This increases the impact forces on the knees, ankles, and spine which may cause a sprain or over time conditions such as osteoarthritis of the knees. Also it increases the possibility of slipping and falling when landing on slippery or uneven surfaces.
  • Mount and dismount equipment only where steps, ladders, and handrails/handholds are provided.
  • Look before dismounting to be sure that there are no obstacles, such as holes, uneven ground, ice, or other conditions that may affect footing.
  • Wear footwear with slip resistant soles.
  • Clean mud off of footwear.
  • Do not carry anything in hands, so as to be able to use handholds/handrails. Use a hand line and bag/bucket to raise or lower equipment.

For more information or to review the entire report click here.