There have been few close calls involving cranes and vehicle loading cranes. WorkCover NSW advises that incidents can be prevented by taking all practicable steps to ensure that safe working loads are not exceeded, the crane is on firm footing, loads are slung by a competent person and the crane is not operated at speeds that de-stabilise the load with abrupt stops.
Also, when using a vehicle loading crane, ensure that the load is not travelled over the operator while at the controls. Change sides and use the other controls. Operators can be caught between the load and the truck.
All of the above safety considerations should be included in a lift plan. This can be very detailed or reasonably basic so long as it includes consideration of all of the hazards that might be encountered during the lift. It is better to examine potential obstructions or limitations that may prevent the lift from being completed before the load has been hoisted.
Be safe. For more details of the courses run by HPOTS, go to our page about crane training.