Cranes expert have spent many years learning their trade and will be quick at identifying problems and issues associated with crane use. Experts offer significant benefit to businesses in terms of product selection and maintenance regimes. Here we explore some of the main benefits of seeking expert advice when working with cranes.
The golden rule is if you are in any doubt; always seek the advice of an expert.
Crane Expert Product selection advice
Selecting the best equipment for the job can often be more a challenge than would be expected. Buy the wrong product and you’re stuck with it, to repent at your leisure! This is where a cranes expert can advise on the very best product for your business and its unique circumstances. Although there will be a cost for buying this expertise it is nowhere near as expensive as buying the wrong product is! Sometimes understanding your requirements can be a challenge and a crane expert will be able to advise on the functional capabilities of a range of cranes available for purchase.
Installation advice and support
Once a crane or gantry has been purchased it will need to be installed. It is vital that the crane is installed by a suitably qualified expert. Wrong installations will lead to compromises in health and safety and inefficiencies. Often expertise does not exist within the business and where this is the case external expertise is critical (this is often provided by the Company selling the equipment). It is important that the installed crane is fully load tested and that a declaration of EU conformity is obtained for records.
Now that the crane is installed it is important that an ongoing maintenance programme is established for the crane. Once again the expert can advise about a detailed maintenance programme for the crane and associated equipment. This programme needs to be documented and maintenance logs are updated as regular maintenance checks are completed.
Crane maintenance programmes keep all equipment running effectively
Regular maintenance tasks (or daily inspections) will be required to complete the requirements of the maintenance programme. In particular cranes should be inspected before each use by a responsible person who has been trained in maintenance of the crane. Similarly all associate equipment should also be checked, to ensure the crane is totally fit for use.
Cranes Expert Repairs advice
From time to time crane repairs (as with anything mechanical) will inevitably be required. Repairs should never be excessively delayed; cranes should not be used when a serious repair is required. Minor repairs should be made ASAP; where minor repairs compromise safety the crane must not be used. Where required, businesses should seek advice from an expert about whether a crane needs repairs (or not).
Periodic servicing and inspections
It is the law that all cranes and lifting equipment require periodic inspections and checks by a trained expert. These inspections ensure that the crane is safe to use. It is vital that cranes are inspected at least annually. All inspections will be documented; the documentation set provided is retained as evidence that the equipment has been checked.
All cranes require periodic inspection and servicing
The end result of seeking expert advice is increased profits, reduced downtime and increased safety for the workforce. Speak to Cranes Direct about our range of expert crane services, which are tailored specifically to each customer’s unique requirements. Call us today on 01384 76961 for further information about the variety of crane installation, maintenance and repair services available.