Crane maintenance practices are essential in the workplace. In this article we’ve adopted a good, bad and ugly format to identify the right and the wrong ways to approach the maintenance of cranes.
The Good Crane Maintenance Practices
First of all we start off with the good. These are good techniques to adopt to ensure that crane maintenance works smoothly in the workplace.
Crane maintenance is essential for smooth day to day working with cranes
The old adage says that “prevention is better than cure”. Prevention maintenance tailored to manufacturer’s recommendations are inspections of cranes which prevent certain problems from arising and are necessary to manage workplace risk. Preventative maintenance is necessary to manage safety in the workplace and can also increase crane reliability and in doing so reduce crane downtime.
It’s good to practice regular maintenance, the sort of tasks that are vital but can often be forgotten about. Maintenance such as lubrication and adjusting are essential and need to be scheduled into workloads to ensure they do not get forgotten about.
Regular maintenance of cranes is essential
The Bad Crane Maintenance Practices
Now we move onto the bad, these are areas of crane maintenance which are bad practice and must be avoided at all costs.
Failure to keep maintenance records
Records of all maintenance need to be kept. This will ensure that cranes are maintained to manufacturer’s recommendations and at the correct service intervals.
All service inspections and crane repairs need to be registered in either a paper-based crane logbook or an electronic equivalent.
Do not ignore manufacturer recommendations
It’s bad practice to ignore the recommendations of crane manufacturers when maintaining cranes. Lack of awareness is no excuse, so all businesses need to ensure the requirements of each crane for maintenance and ensure for example that parts are replaced at the appropriate time and service interval requirements are complied with.
The Ugly Crane Maintenance Practices
There are some approaches and attitudes to crane maintenance which are just plain ugly. We have listed a couple of examples below, remember don’t be ugly!
Maintenance is too expensive culture
It’s very ugly to have a pervading culture of “maintenance is too expensive”. Not only is this attitude a myth it’s also very dangerous to the safety of the workforce. Effective maintenance does cost money but also saves money in terms of less crane downtime and fewer costly workplace accidents.
Delaying essential maintenance
A continual attitude of next week will do is never good enough for crane maintenance. When cranes need a periodic inspection, service or parts replaced then it is essential this is undertake at the specified time. A continual attitude of delay will ultimately prove harmful in a number of ways.
Talk to Cranes Direct about maintenance
If you need help and advice about the maintenance of cranes then why not call us here at Cranes Direct on 01384 76961. We have a wealth of knowledge with decades in the industry and tailored services for crane inspections, servicing and repairs.