Happy New Year to all, 2007 has brought about lots of changes for most companies in the Oil & Gas industry. One thing which has not changed are the hazards associated with crane operation. The hostile environment, ie.
Fog, strong winds, violent rains,
Rough seas, and the ever famous blind lifts. Putting Crane safety should be at the top of your New Year’s resolution list! Cranes are becoming larger, platforms & rig sizes are increasing, and vision for crane operators is becoming more and more limited.
According to MMS, crane accidents are responsible for not only injuries and fatalities, but substantial property damages also. Listed below are just a few examples:
- While offloading drill pipe, employee is caught between pipe and rack. (Fatality)
- While unloading 55 gal drums, crane operator bumped rail of boat causing drums to fall into Gulf waters. (Property damages)
- While lifting personnel from boat deck, employee fell 6’ due to rough seas, crane operator could not see the overall conditions. (Injury)
- While attempting to offload cargo, the load shifted in the basket causing the cargo to be lost overboard. (Property damages)
These were just a few examples of crane accidents of the past, present and future incidents have and will cost you monetarily, down-time, and reputation wise.
We know crane accidents cause property damages or lost equipment, these can be repaired or replaced at a price. Crane accidents involving injuries and fatalities, are a different story. Human suffering and loss of life continues to cost long
after the incident has occurred.
“THE MOST REPORTED CAUSES CONTRIBUTINGTO CRANE ACCIDENTSARE LACK OF VISIBILITYBY THE CRANE OPERATOR
AND SLOW RESPONSE BY THE FLAGMAN”
Royal Service & Rentals, Inc. first introduced a safety enhancement tool “The Royal crane Boom Camera” in May 1999. Since then, many imitators have supplied the industry with lower quality equipment. (The customer paying the ultimate price, low performance, poor video and poor service after sale)
When used properly this tool will minimize “Blind Lifts”. (A Blind Lift is where the crane operator cannot see his load). This camera system enables the crane operator to have a bird’s eye view of the entire load, rigging, and rigging personnel.
Here are just a few benefits of using a “Royal crane Boom Camera”:
- The crane operator can zoom-in and focus onto a shackle or hook assuring the proper rigging procedures have been used.
- The crane operator can zoom in and see the rigger’s hands, minimizing potential pinch point accidents.
- The crane operator can zoom out and observe the overall surroundings for equipment and hazards around his lifting area.
All this by the touch of (1) button before he begins his lifting operation.
Most Crane operators would not think of operating a crane without a two block system in place for safety reasons. So why not provide him with another tool to help avoid injuries, fatalities and or property damage.
“The Royal crane Boom Camera” is simple. Compare it to a seat belt in your car. Most companies have policies requiring personnel to buckle up. (It’s also the Law) The seat belt does not prevent all injuries and fatalities but it is proven to help minimize the occurrence and severity when accidents do occur.
You would not think of driving your car without buckling up your seat belt, so why expect your personnel to operate your crane without “The Royal crane Boom Camera”.
For additional info Call:
Royal Service & Rentals, Inc.
6201 Hwy 90 East
Broussard, La. 70518