Mobile gantry's are a simple to use product, and because of their portability, they have an extensive use within the industrial sphere today. However, as is the same when handling any piece of equipment in the industrial environment, there are many do’s and don’ts associated with this lifting medium. Please read on below to learn about these do’s and don’ts when working with mobile gantries!
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What are mobile gantry's?
Mobile gantry's are lightweight, compact lifting systems, which have the ability to lift loads of varying weights, and it is this, coupled with the key benefit of portability, which makes them so useful. The fact they can be wheeled around the warehouse means they provide a suitable means of lifting in multiple areas. Adjustable aluminium gantries give the further benefit of an adjustable height, span and even tread which makes them effective on uneven terrain. Here at Cranes Direct, we stock various different types of mobile gantries, with safe working load (SWL) limits ranging from 500kg to 5000kg. Click here for more information on our mobile gantries today.
The dos when working with this gear
The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are important guidelines which place duties on people working industrial environments, that handle or operate lifting equipment. Under LOLER, these guidelines are:
- Marking your equipment – The SWL of each mobile gantry should be clearly marked to indicate the lifting limit of that gantry. Remember, this applies to any piece of equipment used for lifting in the warehouse, not just gantry cranes.
- Planning your lifting operation – Any lifting operation involving a mobile gantry must be meticulously planned by a competent person, and supervised at all times to manage potential risks. The operator must also be sure to carry out the lifting task in a safe manner at all times, further managing potential risks.
- Regularly inspecting your lifting equipment – to ensure it remains safe and has the ability to carry out its lifting tasks. It should be thoroughly examined at regular intervals, so that any deterioration in the equipment, which could make it unfit to carry out its lifting purposes, can be detected.
The don’ts when working with this equipment
There are various don’ts associated with the operation of lifting equipment, which we have applied to mobile gantry's below. These include not:
- Exceeding the gantries lifting limit – The operator must make sure they never exceed the SWL of the mobile gantry. The equipment needs to be sufficiently strong and stable to lift the load, as it can cause damage to the gantry if its SWL is exceeded, which could be fatal in the warehouse. To ensure its limit it not exceeded, all lifting equipment must be clearly marked, indicating their SWL.
- Moving the gantry with a load attached – The load is likely to sway during the transportation of the gantry, which can be extremely dangerous to those within its vicinity.
- Using the gantry on uneven surfaces – While the gantry has brakes, using this equipment on uneven surfaces can be unpredictable
It’s important that you regularly inspect your equipment
Contact Cranes Direct today
We hope the above article was helpful in answering any questions you may have regarding the do’s and don’ts when working with mobile gantry cranes. As with all lifting equipment, mobile gantries are relatively easy to use, but when not used correctly, can be extremely hazardous. If you have any other questions regarding mobile gantry cranes, please do not hesitate to contact the team at Cranes Direct. You can:
- Call us on 01348 76961
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