All of our jib cranes, and any other pieces of lifting equipment we manufacture or supply, are always done so with the highest quality and care in mind. For this reason, they naturally have long service lives. However, as with all equipment, they will suffer natural wear and tear along the way. Here are five ways that you can help to prolong the life span of your jib crane.
#1 Follow your manufacturer’s guidelines
This one seems like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how often it gets overlooked! You will be provided with a good set of guidelines from your manufacturer, such as correct lifting weights and how to operate properly.
Be sure to always follow the guidelines of your manufacturer. Don’t worry, they won’t be this big!
Although these are technically just “guidelines”, they are set for a reason! It’s important that you follow them to ensure that you keep your jib crane in good working order.
#2 Fully train your staff
It’s also important that you fully train your staff in how to use jib cranes properly too. While they are fairly straightforward pieces of equipment, they only remain straightforward if you know what you’re doing! Please ensure anyone operating this equipment knows exactly how to use it – this will stop any premature damages occurring!
#3 Regularly inspect your jib crane
Regularly inspecting your equipment is one of the best ways to ensure that it remains in a good working condition. It will likely experience a few knocks and bruises over its long service life, and it’s crucial that you ensure these are just minor scrapes and nothing more serious!
Many problems can often be prevented before they arise, and it’s better to be proactive rather than reactive.
#4 Take care of your lifting gear
This ties into following your manufacturer’s guidelines, as some of this information will come supplied to you. But, if you’re unsure on anything, you can always get in touch with us below.
Taking care of your gear involves things such as:
- Not lifting weights heavier than its capabilities, as referred to in #1
- Storing your equipment safely and properly
- Not using your jib crane in hazardous or harmful environments, unless you have been told this is okay
#5 Make yourself aware of the lifting laws
There are various guidelines and laws relating to the lifting industry, with the primary of these being the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). While they don’t offer specific tips on increasing life span, following their rules will naturally aid this.
For example, they require only competent persons to operate lifting equipment, which ties into point #2 of this article.
Looking for more life span tips?
We hope that the above five tips have been useful in helping you to prolong and increase the life span of your jib crane. If you are interested in placing an order or finding out more tips, please get in touch with us here.