Cranes are typically large and heavy pieces of machinery that are able to lift a great deal more than humans are. But, due to the nature of the heavy lifting tasks that these cranes undergo, it is important that your cranes maintain a high level of quality throughout their service life. Failing to keep your crane in a good working condition can result in damage or injury to your crane, the load that it is lifting, or those of you who are working with it. Below we have listed out important servicing and maintenance tips that you need to consider when working with cranes.
Maintenance tips for your crane
There are many different ways that you can help to extend the service life of your crane through proper maintenance procedures. We have explained these maintenance tips in more detail below.
Operating your crane safely
The first and most important point to mention is that you need to operate your crane safely and in the right way in order to extend its service life and reduce the amount of maintenance that it’ll need.
Every crane on the market has two different lifting loads – a working load limit and a safe working load. The former is the absolute maximum that a crane can lift, while the latter is a smaller number than the former, but is the maximum that you can safely lift with your crane. So while your crane’s working load limit will be higher, you should be sticking to the safe working load at all times. Failing to do this will reduce the service life of your crane much quicker.
There are also some great guidelines that you can follow on this, such as the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and the Code of Practice for Safe Use of Mobile Cranes.
Storing your crane in safe conditions
Ensure that your crane is stored in safe and environmentally friendly conditions. Leaving your crane somewhere where it might be susceptible to something like rain can cause your crane to rust, quickly reducing its service life.
It’s important to store your cranes in the right conditions in case they rust, like this poor car!
Ensure that proper planning is carried out
You will need to carry out proper planning before each new lifting operation is conducted with your crane. This needs to be done by a properly qualified and experienced person, and it is important that an experienced person is also on-site during the lifting operation as well.
Having such detailed plans in place is not as crucial when working with smaller cranes such as floor cranes, but it is still important that all factors are considered so that no harm or damage is caused.
Servicing tips for your crane
Even if you always follow the guidelines presented to you when working with cranes, your equipment will still need regular servicing and maintenance to ensure it stays in a great working order. We have explained this in greater detail below.
Carry out regular inspections
It is important for you to carry out regular and thorough inspections on your cranes to check for any faults or damages. We recommend carrying out inspections at a maximum of 12 month intervals, but ideally you want to carry out a check at least every six months.
It is important to carry out regular inspections on your lifting gear
Some people advise to carry out checks before each lifting operation, but this isn’t completely necessary. However, if you are able to do this then it will be beneficial for your crane.
If you notice anything wrong with your crane, stop using it immediately and give us a call at Cranes Direct.
Using a qualified crane inspector
You may be carrying out inspections at longer intervals, for example every 12 months. If this is the case, then we recommend using a fully qualified crane inspector for this, who can help with everything from proper installation to servicing. A full report will be issued for you to detail any problems, and you will also be granted with a new certificate detailing the safe condition of your crane.
Regularly inspecting your cranes will leave them in great working order
For more regular inspections, we would still recommend using someone who is knowledgeable and competent with the safe use of cranes, but you can conduct many of these yourself.
Repairs and servicing of your crane
Where you notice a fault with one of your cranes or you have had an inspection carried out by a fully qualified crane inspector and they have highlighted a fault, then you will need to carry out repairs and servicing on your crane. It may be possible to have this done on-site, which would be easiest for everyone involved, however it may also be necessary to return the crane to the factory and have it repaired there.
If you want an inspection from a fully qualified crane inspector or think that your crane needs servicing and repairs, then we at Cranes Direct can provide this service for you.
Want to know more about servicing and maintenance tips from Cranes Direct?
As well as carrying out crane inspections, repairs and servicing we are also happy to offer proper crane maintenance tips too. We’ve had years of experience within the industry and are fully compliant with all of the necessary regulations, so we are able to advise you on the best practices within the industry.
If you are interested in one of our services or are looking for some cranes advice, then you can get in contact with us here.