From loading docs and warehouses to industrial settings and construction, cranes play critical role in lifting the heavy material. As they are a part of the most essential industrial activities, most governments across the globe have allowed them to operate in these trying times. However, that also means that as a crane operator you will need to take a few biosafety measures, at least for the foreseeable feature.

These safety precautions should be taken in addition to the standard crane operating safety measures such as training, using helmets, checking the load, and inspecting the equipment. Taking biosafety precautions will help you keep yourself and your crew members and co-workers safe during this unprecedented situation.

Here’s what you can and should do as one of the crane operating crew members.

1. Make Sure to Sanitize

Sanitization is the key to keep the infection from spreading around in your workplace. You need to make sure to sanitize the entire work area, including the carne operating platform at least twice (before and after the shift) day. Areas with regular footfalls and involving touching, such as the operator’s seat and the control panels and buttons should be sanitized very carefully.

You also need to sanitize and clean any equipment such as crane lifting slings, hooks, rigging equipment, and chains, among other things. As more than one people are likely to handle these instruments, keeping them sanitized will help you prevent the infection from spreading further.

Make sure to use good quality sanitizers. Your sanitization crew should also wear proper personal protective equipment while cleaning up. Provide your employees with sanitizers and encourage them to clean their hand before and after touching carne controls or any other surfaces.

2. Regular Health Checks

Taking the body temperature of all your fellow workers is a necessity in these times. You should think of investing in a couple of temperature guns if possible. Make sure to take the temperature of everyone entering your work area or the work site.

Anyone with a higher than normal temperature should be asked to leave the work area immediately and get to the nearest hospital. You also need to alert the appropriate health authorities.

If any of your employees feel sick, you should actively encourage them to stay at home. Furthermore, you can also identify the employees that are at higher health risk and tell them to stay home as far as possible.

3. Wear Masks

Apart from the usual protective gear including helmet, gloves, shoes, and a fluorescent jacket, you also need to wear a mask. Wearing a mask can help prevent the virus from spreading to other areas in your workplace.

If masks are not available, ask everyone to cover their mouths with a cloth. Avoid workers from non-essential visits, tasks, or crane operations. Limiting the worker movement is one of the best ways to curb the social spread.

Make sure there is a strict respiratory etiquette in place that all of your employees need to follow. It will help to curb the spread of any illness that spreads through air when an infected person coughs and sneezes.

You should educate all your employees about how to cover you mouth while coughing and sneezing and clean your hand immediately. You can also use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing.

Be sure to dispose them off properly. Putting the respiratory etiquette instructions in signs and suitable languages across the workplace in visible areas. Encourage all your team members to practice respiratory etiquette wherever they go.

4. Refraining from Physical Contact

The importance of refraining from physical contact also needs to be emphasized. Make sure none of your co-workers get in physical contact with each other while working. If two or more people need to work together and touch the same surfaces, encourage them to follow hand sanitization etiquette.

Ask all the concerned people to sanitize their hands before and after completing the task. The surface also needs to be wiped clean and sanitized before and after the work. At all costs, you should avoid touching your mouth, eyes, and nose before sanitizing your hands.

Make sure to maintain a safe distance of at least wo meters or 2-3 feet between two people. Make sure this applies to common areas like your lunch or break and conference room.

If you are having a meeting, everyone should be standing a few feet away from each other. You also need to stop any routine shift hand-off meetings or in-person handovers that are not critical. Discourage your employees from eating lunch or drinking coffee together. You can create a break room or lunch hour schedule to limit the number of people.

Stagger your work crew so that there is lower risk of spreading the infection. For example, ask half of your crew to work from Monday to Wednesday and the rest half for the remaining workdays.

Parting Words

Given the current situation, everyone should take a few biosafety measures, crane workers and material handling employees are no exception. Hopefully, these four tips will help you prepare your workforce to function in a safe and risk-free work environment. Many of these measures may seem obvious, however, implement them strictly can help you curb the spread of pandemic to a great extent. Make sure to implement them.

Author's Bio: 

Sandy Funches is a freelance writer & blogger based in the United States and she has been in this writing profession for the last 5 years.