Cranes are strong pieces of machinery that will be working with heavy loads, so it is important that proper care is taken when operating them to ensure the safety of your crane and those around. There are several essential safety tips and best practices that should be followed when working with cranes safely; we have highlighted these in more detail below.
Firstly, it is always best practice to follow guidelines that have been set for you as this has been done by the experts! If purchasing a crane through us, then be sure to follow the safety tips that we recommend to you.
Cranes can be large pieces of equipment, so it is important that you operate them safely
Also, be sure to follow government guidelines and practices, two of which you can find below, issued by the Health and Safety Executive:
Finally, ask your crane supplier what standards they follow. The most well-known and reputable standards are ISO standards, and will ensure that you cranes manufacturer and supplier are themselves following the strictest guidelines.
For more information on the standards that Cranes Direct abides to, you can contact us here.
Use professionals to help you decide on the best crane
It is highly likely that you won’t know the ins and outs of cranes as well as the experts. But that’s completely fine; it’s what we’re here for! You may not know what the best type of crane is for your particular lifting operation, and so it is better that you don’t just pick what you may think would be best for your specific task.
Get in touch with one of our team who can recommend the best choice for you, as this will depend on a range of factors such as the weights you want to lift and how much available space you have. It is important that the right choice is made to keep the area that you are working in safe.
Other services that professionals can provide
There are also other services that professionals, such as us at Cranes Direct, can provide to ensure that you are operating your cranes at the highest level of safety. We can safely install, service, maintain and repair any of your cranes so that right from the purchasing of your crane to the operating tasks we are with you every step of the way. It is recommended that you leave these tasks, such as servicing and repairs, to qualified experts so that you can continue working with cranes safely.
Safe working loads and working load limits
Each crane and piece of lifting equipment on the market comes with a safe working load and a working load limit. The working load limit is the absolute maximum that a crane can lift, while the safe working load is the maximum weight load that your crane should actually lift.
While this may sound a little confusing, it means that your crane is never operating at complete full power, as this could tip it over the edge. While it may be tempting to go over the safe working load to get a task completed, there’s a reason that one of our safety tips on safe working load contains the word ‘safe’! Alongside this, make sure that the weight of the load is evenly supported in the centre so as to avoid any unnecessary swinging that could result in damage to the load or harm to those operating the crane.
Using competent and qualified persons
Any lifting operations that you carry out using your crane should be properly planned by a competent and qualified person, and a person of the same level should be on site when any operation is underway.
It is important that all outcomes and situations are thought through, and that should anything go wrong, someone is on site to rectify the situation immediately.
It is important to have a fully qualified person operating your crane
Storing your equipment safely
To prolong your crane’s service life to the fullest, ensuring that it remains safe during this time, it is important that you store it in conditions that won’t subject it to corrosive or harmful elements. For example, should your cranes get wet, there is a chance that they will rust quickly. For advice on how to properly store and look after each crane, we would recommend contacting us as some cranes have higher resistance than others.
Want more safety tips for working with cranes?
As well as offering safety tips, we can also offer you tips on how to properly install your crane, how to get the highest level of productivity from your crane and whether you should buy or rent a crane. If you have a specific question that you would like to ask us, then you can fill out a contact form here or reach us on 01384 76961.