Cranes are extremely useful pieces of equipment which allow us to complete tasks that we just simply wouldn’t be able to otherwise. That being said, they are heavy pieces of equipment that will also be working with heavy loads, so it is important to follow proper cranes operation and maintenance procedures to ensure the safety of everyone involved. We examine correct cranes procedures in more detail below.
Cranes operation safety
Although cranes come in a variety of different styles, with everything from floor cranes in workshops to large mobile cranes used to construct buildings, they generally follow the same rules and procedures. Using the Code of Practice for Safe Use of Mobile Cranes, there are a number of steps that should be taken before conducing a lifting operation.
Proper planning should be implemented beforehand with a designated responsible person to oversee the cranes operation. While it’s not as important to have such rigorous plans in place for smaller lifting tasks, it is still important to be adequately prepared for every situation.
This includes following any guidelines that we, or other crane stockers, have provided for a piece of lifting equipment. All cranes will have a safe working load (SWL), sometimes also called a normal working load (NWL), and while cranes can generally manage weights higher than this, you should always stick to the SWL as a maximum.
It is important to have proper procedures in place for operating cranes, whether big or small
The regular maintenance of cranes
You should regularly inspect and maintain your cranes. They will be undergoing plenty of stress and pressure during lifting operations, and while they are designed with safety and a long service life in mind, it’s important to carry out a thorough inspection before each and every use.
You will also need to ensure that you store all of your lifting equipment safely and securely, taking into account any storage advice that has been provided to you. Some cranes, depending on the metal, can be subject to corrosion, so take sufficient steps to store them away from corrosive elements such as water which could rust and damage your lifting equipment.
Can Cranes Direct help with the maintenance of cranes?
Yes, we can! With plenty of years’ experience within the lifting gear industry, we offer lifting equipment installation, inspections, maintenance, and repairs, so if you think your crane might be in need of a fix-up, please don’t hesitate to let us know.