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OPERC - Safety Alert - ALT-017 Excavators Used as Cranes

Using excavators as cranes can be a high risk activity because lifting is not the primary design function of these machines. A number of dangerous occurrences have occurred where chains, shackles or master links have either deformed or broken whilst loaded. Such incidents, which can result in contact with, or crushing, injuries and fatalities, occur primarily because the load is not freely suspended from the lifting point. This alert provides some practical guidance on this topic.

Safety Alert - ALT-017 Excavators Used as Cranes
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