Cranes are used extensively worldwide to aid the lifting and lowering of loads of various weights. However, they must be regularly inspected and correctly maintained to ensure they are performing to the best of their ability. This article tells you everything you need to know about crane maintenance and inspection, so whether you have a jib crane, overhead crane, mobile floor crane, aluminium gantry crane or another type entirely, please read on below!
Why regular crane maintenance and inspections are necessary
Regular crane maintenance and inspection is crucial to ensure the longevity of your lifting equipment. As with any large piece of machinery, there are risks involved with its operation, and cranes are no exception. They are tasked with lifting heavy loads, and when properly maintained and inspected regularly, can perform a reliable service. However, the constant use of a lifting medium to lift loads of varying weights can take its toll on the equipment, and faulty equipment can expose employees to dangerous work conditions.
It’s crucial that you keep your crane in a good working order
It is therefore important to make sure you are properly maintaining your crane to ensure that the equipment and therefore the employees are safe. Remember – regular inspections allow you to identify issues, and stop these issues before they can grow into bigger problems down the line. Please refer to this article for more information regarding safe crane working practices, titled Prevention Is Better Than Cure – Safe Crane Working.
Properly maintaining your crane
In the UK, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are a set of guidelines that apply to people and companies who own and operate lifting equipment. Within these guidelines, there are various requirements placed upon employers, all of which can help to keep your lifting equipment structurally safe and sound. These include:
- Sticking to the SWL – the safe working load is the maximum load the equipment can safely lift, and in most cases, it is shown clearly on the lifting medium. Crane operatives must never exceed the SWL of lifting equipment, as this can lead to damages and failing of equipment, which can be detrimental to both the health of the workers, and the equipment itself
- Inspecting your equipment regularly – this includes inspections every 12 months for cranes, and six months for crane accessories. It is also imperative that all inspections are conducted by a competent worker
- Ensuring mounting points are safe – mounting points are often a weak point on pieces of lifting equipment, and these mounting points need to be tested regularly for stresses in order to ensure the equipment is still able to lift heavy loads
Abiding by LOLER is a sure fire way to ensure your crane is in a good working order
How can we help?
Although there are various ways you can maintain your lifting medium, the experts at Cranes Direct also provide crane servicing and repairs as a way of helping. Our team of service engineers can assist you in maintaining your crane by visiting your site to carry out regular servicing and repairs. More often than not, we will be able to carry out servicing and repairs on site, however in some circumstances we may have to bring the crane back to our warehouse. If this is the case, we will be sure to get your lifting medium back to you as quickly as possible.
LOLER states that lifting equipment must be thoroughly examined after they have been installed. Here at Cranes Direct, our engineers can help with the installation of your lifting medium, and can therefore also assist you in examining your crane once it has been installed. Click here to find out more about crane installation with Cranes Direct.
Speak to our team today
We hope the above article has been helpful in teaching you everything you need to know regarding crane maintenance and inspection. However, if you have any other questions, please feel free to get in touch with our team here, who are always happy to help. Alternatively, you can view the different types of lifting equipment sold by Cranes Direct here.