TEN RULES OF CRANE CAPACITY CHARTS
A crane capacity chart is a crane operator’s Bible. Following the chart is essential to avoid disaster. Here’s a few things to keep in mind.
- Always select the correct capacity chart.
- Always measure the radius for critical lifts.
- Always have a crane capacity chart in the cab.
- Always make deductions for jibs, blocks, rigging, etc.
- Always double check the chart, using a straight edge if necessary.
- Never lift a load greater than the net crane capacity
- Never use the gross capacity as the net capacity.
- Never use a jib or dead section on a partially retracted main boom without reducing capacities as necessary.
- Never rely on your feel. Use the chart.
- Never hesitate to ask questions about the crane capacity charts.