What it contains

Operating a bridge or gantry crane is skilled work. This handbook advises employers and operators how to safely use these cranes. It explains:

  • what are unsafe bridge and gantry crane work practices
  • how to define a bridge or gantry crane
  • safe crane controls, lockouts and safety devices
  • how to choose the best crane for different tasks and environments
  • how to manage and maintain equipment, including record-keeping
  • how to choose slings and accessories
  • unacceptable work practices and risk control solutions
  • how the work environment affects bridge and gantry crane operation
  • work procedures you need to observe

At the end of this document, there is information about slings and fittings, including signs of wear or damage on flexible steel wire rope and custom and homemade accessories.