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Here's what the Upington crane accident can teach you about construction safety

by , 06 November 2014
Your construction site probably has large pieces of equipment all over it, including cranes. Now you might think these machines are safe as long as your employees wear their protective clothing and have the proper training, but sadly this isn't true.

This is something Tuesday's Upington crane accident, where a crane fell over and killed two people, makes very clear.

The truth is, there's a lot you need to do to keep your employees safe when they work with dangerous equipment.

So here's what the Upington accident can teach you about construction safety...


These are the four most important things the Upington crane accident can teach you

1. Check your equipment regularly
You need to do regular checks and inspections on machinery such as cranes. These checks will help you ensure they aren't a danger.
2. Put large machinery in a safe area
Put large equipment in an area where it will cause the least amount of damage if there's an accident. 
This can be difficult with something such as a crane because you need it in a central area to do its job. Asses the areas it's in and prepare for any possible dangers.
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3. Bolt large machinery down 
If you can use large bolts to secure a piece of equipment to the ground, you can prevent accidents where it might fall over. Only do this if your machinery doesn't need to be portable. 
4. Train your employees on what to do if any of your equipment is unsafe
Your employees need to know what to do and who to speak to if your equipment is too dangerous to use. 
This way you can replace it or take steps to fix the problem before it causes an accident.
Put these four things into practice on your construction site so you don't experience an Upington type accident.
Check out the Health and Safety Advisor for more information on construction site safety. 

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