If you need to hire a crane operator for a short-term job and doing so is not something you have much experience with, it's not always easy to be sure that you're choosing the right professional for the work. While verifying the applicant's work history is important, it's also somewhat obvious and you probably plan to do so anyway. Therefore, it's a good idea to further screen each possible worker by asking the following questions before committing to their hire.  

How Often Will the Applicant Inspect The Crane For Damage Or Defects?

Since the work you need to have done is temporary and you lack extensive experience with the work, it makes sense that you are probably renting the crane. As such, you have an additional responsibility to the owner of the unit to be sure that return the item in its original condition and the person who is doing the work needs to be of the same mindset. 

Although inspecting the crane for defects, damage or concerns is always important, it is even more important in your unusual situation. Therefore, you need to know that the professional you are hiring has enough experience and knowledge to be able to thoroughly inspect the unit at the beginning of each day to check for any issues. As part of that, you will also need to know that the person you might entrust with an expensive crane and the project itself has experience operating within accepted OSHA and industry standards, as discussed next.

Can The Applicant Quickly Name Crucial OSHA Or Other Safety Regulations That Apply To The Task?

 OSHA, which is short for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. While OSHA has regulations that apply to the majority of industrial, construction and even restaurant work, the guidelines vary tremendously from one project to another. 

For instance, the operator should know when bumpers are required and when they are not.  OSHA reports that cranes need bumpers or similar items unless sleeve bearings permit to show down very quickly. It is also not required near bridges or where trolleys are likely to be found and is similarly unnecessary if the use of the crane eliminates the danger of coming into accidental contact with dangerous items or persons that could be injured.   

Another aspect to inquire about refers to the use of blocks and riggers. Specifically, he or she should be able to discuss how and when they can be placed to prevent them from collapsing or causing injury to passersby when heavy loads are being transported.  

In conclusion, the role of a crane service operator is commonly associated with big building projects that last for a prolonged period of time. However, it is also possible that you might need their services for a smaller job. When you do, asking the questions discussed above of any applicant for the project is likely to be quite helpful as you search for the right company, like Youngs Rigging, for the job.