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Overhead Crane Safe Work Method Statement

Introducing our Safe Work Method Statement for working with an overhead crane – a comprehensive and pre-filled document that is fully editable and customisable in Microsoft Word format to meet your specific project requirements. Our SWMS is designed to help you manage risks and ensure that everyone working with an overhead crane is aware of the hazards and has the necessary skills and equipment to work safely.

Here are the key features of our SWMS:

  • Pre-filled and Comprehensive: Our SWMS is pre-filled with all the necessary details and is comprehensive in its coverage of risks associated with working with an overhead crane. It includes a checklist of any high-risk machinery on-site, before and after risk ratings, resources for legislative references, PPE requirements, and much more.
  • Fully Editable and Customisable: Our SWMS is provided in Microsoft Word format, allowing you to easily edit and customise the document to meet your specific project requirements. This means you can add or remove information as needed, ensuring that your SWMS is tailored to your project and work environment.
  • Includes the Scope of the Project and Project Details: Our SWMS includes a section for outlining the scope of your project and project details, helping you to identify potential risks and hazards associated with the work.
  • Includes Space for Recording Staff Training: Our SWMS includes a section for recording any staff training, ensuring that all workers are competent and trained to carry out their duties safely.
  • Includes Before and After Risk Ratings: Our SWMS includes a section for recording before and after risk ratings, providing a visual representation of the effectiveness of your risk management strategies.
  • Includes Resources for Legislative References: Our SWMS includes resources for legislative references, helping you to ensure that you are compliant with all relevant regulations and standards.
  • Includes All PPE Required: Our SWMS includes a section outlining all the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) required for working with an overhead crane, ensuring that all workers are adequately protected.
  • Includes Risk Assessment and Risk Assessment Matrix: Our SWMS includes a section for risk assessment and a risk assessment matrix, helping you to identify and manage potential hazards associated with working with an overhead crane.
  • Includes a Checklist to Ensure All Requirements are Covered: Our SWMS includes a comprehensive checklist to ensure that all requirements are covered when implementing the SWMS.
  • Includes Sign-off Page for All Workers and Responsible Persons: Our SWMS includes a sign-off page for all workers and responsible persons, providing a record of who has reviewed and agreed to the SWMS.
  • Easy to Use and Customise: Our SWMS is easy to use and customise, ensuring that you can quickly and easily create a tailored SWMS that meets the requirements of your specific project.
  • Suitable for Large Contracts and Tenders: Our SWMS is suitable for large contracts and tenders, including tier 1 contractual work, ensuring that you can confidently bid for and win high-profile projects.
  • Instantly Delivered Download: Our SWMS is available for instant download, ensuring that you can access and start using your SWMS right away.

Our Safe Work Method Statement for working with an overhead crane is designed to provide you with a practical tool to help you manage risks associated with your project. By using our SWMS, you can ensure that your workers are aware of the hazards and have the necessary skills and equipment to work safely, while also providing a record of your compliance with relevant regulations and standards.

Here is some safety information related to working with an overhead crane.


  1. Supervisors are responsible for ensuring that all personnel involved in operating an overhead crane are trained, competent and familiar with the risks associated with this task.
  2. Operators are responsible for operating the overhead crane in accordance with the procedures outlined ,
  3. Other workers are responsible for following the procedures and safety measures outlined, and reporting any hazards or risks they may identify.

Hazards and Risks:

Some of the hazards and risks associated with operating an overhead crane include:

  1. Electrical hazards due to the crane’s electrical system.
  2. Falling loads due to incorrect rigging or overloading.
  3. Collisions between the crane and other equipment or structures.
  4. Workers being struck by the crane or its load.
  5. Unsafe or unstable ground conditions.
  6. Lifting loads over people or other hazards.
  7. Inadequate or unsafe work procedures.
  8. Inadequate communication between the crane operator and other workers.

Precautions and Control Measures:

In order to prevent accidents and ensure a safe working environment, the following precautions and control measures should be implemented:

  1. All personnel involved in operating the overhead crane must be trained and competent to perform their respective roles.
  2. A pre-start inspection must be conducted on the crane before it is operated to ensure that it is in safe working order.
  3. The crane must be operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and all safety features must be functional and engaged.
  4. The load capacity of the crane must not be exceeded, and loads must be lifted in a stable and secure manner.
  5. The crane must not be operated in inclement weather conditions such as high winds or lightning storms.
  6. Communication between the crane operator and other workers must be clear and unambiguous.
  7. Barricades or warning signs must be used to prevent workers from entering the area beneath the crane’s load.
  8. Workers must be prohibited from standing beneath a suspended load or working in the swing radius of the crane.
  9. Adequate clearance must be provided between the crane and other equipment or structures.
  10. Workers must wear appropriate personal protective equipment such as hard hats, safety glasses, and high-visibility clothing.

Emergency Procedures:

In the event of an emergency, the following procedures should be followed:

  1. The operator must immediately stop the crane’s movement and secure the load.
  2. Workers must evacuate the area immediately and take shelter in a safe location.
  3. The supervisor must be notified immediately, and emergency services contacted if required.
  4. The incident must be investigated and documented to determine the cause and identify corrective measures.

Gary’s Safety Tips

Hey there, everyone! Today, I want to talk to you about something really important – working with an overhead crane. It’s a common sight in many workplaces, especially in construction, manufacturing, and warehouses. However, it’s also a potentially dangerous piece of equipment that requires proper training, knowledge, and safety measures to be used safely. So, let’s dive into it!

First and foremost, let’s talk about the dangers associated with working with an overhead crane. One of the biggest risks is the potential for a crane to collapse, which can result in severe injury or even death. Cranes are heavy machines that can weigh up to several tons, and if they fall, the impact can be catastrophic. Moreover, overhead cranes typically operate at great heights, which means that if something goes wrong, people and equipment below can be in grave danger.

Another risk is the possibility of objects falling from the crane, whether it’s the load itself or a part of the crane. This can occur due to operator error, equipment malfunction, or external factors such as strong winds. Falling objects can cause significant damage to property and people, including serious injuries or fatalities.

Furthermore, the use of overhead cranes can also pose a risk of electrocution. The crane may come into contact with live electrical wires, or the operator may accidentally touch a live wire while handling the crane. This can result in serious burns or even death.

So, how can we ensure safety while working with an overhead crane? Well, there are several safety recommendations that everyone working with a crane should follow.

First, always ensure that the crane is properly inspected and maintained. Before using the crane, the operator should carry out a visual inspection to identify any signs of wear and tear or damage. Additionally, it’s important to have a qualified technician conduct regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that the crane is in good working condition.

Second, it’s crucial to provide proper training to anyone operating the crane. This includes not only the operator but also any other workers who may be in the vicinity of the crane. Everyone should understand the risks associated with operating a crane and the safety measures that need to be taken.

Third, always follow the load capacity guidelines. Every crane has a specific load capacity, and exceeding it can cause the crane to collapse or the load to fall. The operator should be aware of the crane’s load capacity and never attempt to lift loads beyond it.

Fourth, maintain a safe distance from the crane. People should not stand or walk beneath the crane when it’s in operation, and there should be clear barriers or signs indicating the safe distance to maintain.

Fifth, ensure that the work area is clear of any obstacles or debris that could obstruct the crane’s movement or cause it to malfunction. This includes ensuring that there are no overhead power lines in the vicinity.

Sixth, always use proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when working with an overhead crane. This includes a hard hat, safety glasses, and steel-toed boots. Additionally, if the work involves welding or cutting, a face shield and welding gloves should be used.

Seventh, always communicate clearly with everyone involved in the work. This includes the crane operator, other workers in the vicinity, and any personnel responsible for directing traffic or pedestrians. Everyone should understand the safety protocols and be aware of what’s happening in the work area.

Finally, it’s important to stay alert and focused when working with an overhead crane. The operator should never operate the crane while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and should be well-rested and focused on the task at hand.

In conclusion, working with an overhead crane can be dangerous, but by following the safety recommendations outlined above, we can ensure that everyone stays safe. Remember, safety should always be a top priority, and we should never take shortcuts or compromise on safety measures. By taking the time to properly inspect, maintain, and operate the crane, providing proper training, and using appropriate PPE, we can minimize the risk of accidents and ensure a safe work environment.

Additionally, it’s important to note that safety is not only the responsibility of the crane operator, but everyone involved in the work. All workers in the vicinity of the crane should be aware of the risks and safety protocols, and should speak up if they see any unsafe practices or conditions.

Remember, accidents can happen in a split second, but their consequences can last a lifetime. By working together to prioritize safety, we can ensure that everyone goes home safely at the end of the day. So, let’s all do our part to promote a safe and healthy work environment. Stay safe out there, everyone!


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