Staying Safe While Working on an Overhead Crane

The first step to achieving safety is for anyone working on an overhead crane to be aware of the potential for accident and the likely results of becoming a victim of that accident. The right kind of training delivers the required results for this step. The second step is for workers to know that appropriate safety procedures are in place and that those procedures are adequate. Being aware of both the dangers of working on an overhead crane and knowing that fall inhibiting and fall arrest systems are in place has two benefits. The first is that workers are confident that they can fulfill their responsibilities and perform any action safely. The second is that, because they are able to work confidently, job performance efficiency goes up. Every employee wants to be safe and to work well, and every employer wants jobs finished on time and to budget. That is where horizontal lifelines offer so much more than just being OSHA compliant.

Fall protection systems can be either Cable or Rigid Rail design. Both deliver the required level of worker safety in given circumstances. It is in the workplace specifics where you determine which system is more appropriate. Once you assess those specifics and decide on the right system, you know that it is the right one to protect against all fall hazards that workers may encounter. The equipment that is installed must be made from the highest quality materials so it performs as intended. OSHA, for example, requires a safety factor of at least 2. Workers need to know that the horizontal lifeline, the lanyard and their body harness will work in unison to both arrest their fall and limit the amount of force their body is subjected to. Let us check out some features of the two systems.

Concealed Beam

Rigid Rail systems are adequate. A concealed beam fall arrest system, however, is an advance on this more traditional design. It really comes into its own when used by workers in limited ground clearance applications. This beam and trolley method enables workers to easily and conveniently pass each other. It also works well in different weather conditions, especially where those conditions may vary during the working day.

Cable System

Where height becomes the main safety concern, including when working in either horizontal, inclined or vertical environments, high quality cable systems meet the need perfectly. They can be used in any variety of workplace situations while, at the same time, being user-friendly. Cable systems can also be designed for multiple user applications. This system also removes the need for a worker to detach and then re-attach their D-ring as they pass along the cable because it allows the slider to pass over the intermediate supports. There is also good load control because of the in-line shock absorbers which are integral to the equipment’s design.


As a final note, workplace safety is a multi-step process. Workers must be trained so they are aware of potential dangers to avoid and they must know that adequate fall arrest systems are in place. The most appropriate system is determined by analyzing the general environment, the job applications and the working conditions. Once designed, the materials used must be of the highest quality.