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ISI – IU Health Regional Center:  A single tower crane comes with high potential hazards. Now add two or three on a single site and things can be hectic.  The main points of concern are:  swing radius, electrical lines, and accidental contact with each other. 

The best option is to stagger crane heights to allow clear visibility of the boom and load at all times. Power lines should be identified and at least 10 ft of clearance should be kept at all times depending on the power running through the lines. 

Constant communication is required when utilizing these cranes. This can be done via radio control, especially if the line of site is hindered. 

As a reminder, never perform a lift over an area with workers below. These areas should be cleared in the case of a dropped load. 

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