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A Brief Employer Safety Guide For Operating HIAB Cranes

Working with any kind of heavy machinery can be dangerous, but HIAB cranes and HIAB trucks deserve particular attention to health and safety, especially in the workplace. However, the safety of your HIAB cranes is down to the employer. So if you manage a fleet of HIAB cranes, here’s what you need to know about keeping your employees safe.


HIAB cranes fall under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). These are a set of rules produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). LOLER is the rules that cover the planning of your lifting operation and ensuring your employees know what they are doing as well as how to use the equipment appropriately and carrying out inspections.

Risk assessments

Before you undergo any crane operation on site, you need to carry out a risk assessment. This helps you to recognise hazards, take precautions and lessen the chances of an accident occurring. Your risk assessment should take into consideration any people on site, the objects in the surrounding area and the type of load you are lifting as well as the weather and the terrain. You should critically analyse your site and how the HIAB crane will be used to properly identify hazards and remove or diminish the risks.

Provide a safe environment

As a manager or director, you are responsible for the safety of your employees when using HIAB cranes. You should take clear action to keep them safe while using these pieces of machinery such as by providing non-slip flooring or edge protection.

Personal protective equipment

Employees should all be provided with the correct PPE and safety equipment. This includes high-visibility clothing, protective gear and hard hats. This will help them be seen at all times of the day and protect them against injuries. They should also be given adequate protection against the elements such as warm, waterproof clothing and masks if there is dust.

At Macsalvors Plant Hire Ltd, we promote and support safe workplaces. If you are looking for HIAB crane hire or HIAB truck hire, we can provide quality machinery that will keep your employees safe. To learn more, get in touch with our team today to discuss your requirements and make the most of our HIAB service.

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