Many types of cranes, hoists, and rigging devices are used at Rutgers University for lifting and moving materials. Some of these devices are operated University employees, while others are under the control of a contractor working on University property. In order to maintain a safe working environment, it is essential that all crane operators at Rutgers University obey all regulations regarding safe crane and hoist operation

The following are some general safety rules for operating cranes and hoists:

  • Do not engage in any practice that will divert your attention while operating the crane.
  • Respond to signals only from the person who is directing the lift, or any appointed signal person. Obey a stop signal at all times, no matter who gives it.
  • Do not move a load over people. People shall not be placed in jeopardy by being under a suspended load. Also, do not work under a suspended load unless the load is supported by blocks, jacks, or a solid footing that will safely support the entire weight. Have a crane or hoist operator remain at the controls or lock open and tag the main electrical disconnect switch.
  • Ensure that the rated load capacity of a crane's bridge, individual hoist, or any sling or fitting is not exceeded. Know the weight of the object being lifted or use a dynamometer or load cell to determine the weight.
  • Check that all controls are in the OFF position before closing the main-line disconnect switch.
  • If spring-loaded reels are provided to lift pendants clear off the work area, ease the pendant up into the stop to prevent damaging the wire.
  • Avoid side pulls. These can cause the hoist rope to slip out of the drum groove, damaging the rope or destabilizing the crane or hoist.
  • To prevent shock loading, avoid sudden stops or starts. Shock loading can occur when a suspended load is accelerated or decelerated, and can overload the crane or hoist. When completing an upward or downward motion, ease the load slowly to a stop

References / Links


  • Overall Program Management - Peter Skeels, or call 848-445-2550