Two precautions to take when using crane borers to install utility poles


Crane borers are frequently used to erect electricity and telephone poles. Here are two precautions that should be taken when operating this type of equipment.

Check the hydraulics before every operation

It is extremely important for the operator of a crane borer to inspect the equipment's hydraulics before they switch it on.

This inspection should include checking the hydraulic fluid levels, as well as examining the condition of the hosing that transports this fluid around the machinery. Should they find that the fluid levels are too low or that there are holes in the hosing, they should address these problems prior to using the equipment.

The reason for this is as follows: if there is a problem with the crane borer's hydraulics and this issue is not dealt with before the equipment is used to install a utility pole, there is a chance that the machinery's hydraulic system could fail midway through the installation process. This could cause a serious accident.

For example, if as a result of the failure of the hydraulic system, the arm of the crane borer (which is powered by hydraulic fluid) drops to the ground before the utility pole has been secured into place, several people could end up being injured.

In this situation, both the fallen arm of the equipment and the pole (both of which are extremely heavy) could land on and crush the workers who are standing close to the machinery.

As such, it is vital for the crane borer operator to ensure that the equipment's hydraulics are in good working order before they begin the installation process.

Check the ground conditions before using the equipment

Prior to beginning their work, the operator of a crane borer should check the ground conditions of the area in which they intend to use the equipment.

The reason for this is as follows; crane borers should only ever be used on stable, level ground. Using this type of machinery on a gradient or on soil that is wet and loosely-compacted could increase the risk of both the operator and their co-workers sustaining severe injuries.

For instance, positioning a crane borer on a steep gradient, with the front of the equipment facing down the slope, could affect its balance, as the weight of the arm and the utility pole it is attached to could pull the machinery forwards and cause it to topple down the sloping ground. This could result in the operator and those standing at the bottom of the slope sustaining major injuries.

Given this, it is important for the person who will be operating the crane borer to check the ground conditions at the start of the workday and to only proceed with using the equipment if the ground is suitable.


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