As humans, we tend to be more reactive than proactive in nature. This comes to everything, whether it’s our health, modifications to our house, or the equipment that we own. We wait for something to go wrong and then fork out the money to fix it, but generally the cure costs more than the prevention, we’re just worried that we’re wasting money on preventing something that may never happen! It’s just like with insurance – we don’t want to have to keep paying a monthly fee for things that rarely happen, but if something does go wrong without insurance, the costs are so much greater. However, things are a little different with cranes, and we have explained below why preventing damages to your crane is so crucial and why crane servicing is crucial.
Why you should carry out crane servicing regularly
While some things we may take preventative measures on, such as home insurance, may never get used, it’s a bit different when it comes to pieces of equipment. All equipment, no matter how well it is designed will gradually reduce in quality as it is repeatedly used.
This isn’t a fault of the equipment itself, it is simply the way things are. No matter how well you look after your crane, it will most likely one day have a problem, however small, that needs addressing.
Remember to service and maintain your cranes regularly!
Servicing your crane regularly can help to prevent any problems occurring. Perhaps an inspection only turns up a small problem that wouldn’t have needed to have been addressed for many months, but small problems can quickly turn into big problems.
If you fail to service your crane and it ends up having a serious problem, then this will hinder your business both in terms of time and in terms of money. If your crane is out of operation for several days, then consider the huge costs that this will have for your business. Further still, if the problem is irreparable, then you will have additional costs of buying a new crane.
Also, you must consider the safety of your workers, as laid out in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), which is part of the law when it comes to the lifting gear industry.
Should you fail to service your crane, and its damages end up causing harm to your employees, then things can get legally messy.
Servicing your crane is much the same as having your regular MOT check with your car. It’s quick, easy and inexpensive, and provides you with a certificate to show that your crane has been inspected and serviced and is safe to use.
While we recommend that you always regularly inspect your crane to check for any damages, it is best that thorough inspections and servicing is left to the experts, which we are more than happy to help with.
If you have any other questions about cranes or our other range of lifting equipment, then we’re ready to answer your questions. You can reach out to us here.
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