A crane is a delicate and complex piece of machinery, often made up of several different parts and pieces. There is a good chance that a crane will be undergoing plenty of heavy stress and pressure during its time in operation, and this can naturally cause wear and tear over its lifespan. Because of this, it is absolutely vital that you regularly carry out a crane inspection, to not only ensure that it keeps working smoothly, but so that you can also guarantee the safety of all those working with it. We have explained more on crane inspections below.
Why do you need to have your crane inspected?
There are four key reasons why you must have a crane inspected.
The safety of all of those involved in a lifting operation must be a priority at all times. Regular inspections help you to guarantee this.
It’s important to inspect your cranes regularly
It’s part of the law. You can read more about this under Inspection of work equipment and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), both of which fall under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
If you have complied with all relevant laws and guidelines, then you help to reduce your liability in the case of any unwanted accidents.
The reliability of your equipment
By inspecting equipment, you will help to prolong its lifespan, as well as its efficiency and productivity.
How regularly should you be carrying out a crane inspection?
There are two inspection types that you must think about:
These should be carried out regularly, in daily to monthly intervals, by a member of your team. It is recommended that these are conducted before any operation involving the lifting equipment.
The person that is carrying out a crane inspection must know:
- What they must look at and what they should be looking out for
- What to do should they find a problem
These are carried out with longer intervals in between, in monthly to yearly intervals, but no longer than 12 months apart. For this, it is important that you use the experts, who can conduct a thorough and professional inspection, and award you with a certificate afterwards, which confirms the suitable for continued use of your crane.
These inspectors must be fully qualified and should have all the necessary and required training.
What should you be inspecting?
It’s important that all of your crane is inspected, both visually, as well as operationally. This also includes any gear which is used with your crane, such as the hoists. You may need to perform a more thorough inspection of some equipment, such as wire rope, where there could be a problem internally that isn’t visible.
Do you need help from the experts?
If you need a professional inspection for your crane, or perhaps an installation, servicing or repairs, then we would be more than happy to help. You can read more about our professional crane services here.