It’s more than possible that you’ll want to use your shiny new crane for more than just one lifting task, and this may mean that you need to use it in multiple areas around the worksite, or even start moving cranes between multiple worksites.
If you do need to move your crane around, we’ve laid out some handy tips for you to know below.
First things first; choosing the right crane
It’s likely that you will need to move your crane. If that’s the case, make sure you converse this to the sales person that you are dealing with at the time. Some cranes, such as mobile gantry cranes, are designed for easy moving with a lighter and foldable nature built in.
Some cranes, such as the jib crane shown above, may be fixed into place, so it’s important to know beforehand whether you’ll need to move it or not
Other cranes, such as jib cranes, are not always moveable. Some come with moveable foundations at the bottom, while a wall mounted jib crane will stay fixed to the wall that it is attached to.
Make sure you decide on the right crane before you purchase should you be needing to move your crane.
Checking the surface that you are moving your crane on
If you are going to be moving your crane, be careful of the surface that you plan to move it on. For example, mobile gantry cranes will struggle to move over gravel as they have wheels attached to the bottom. However, as mobile gantry cranes are easy to detach and fold, they can be easily carried over surfaces like this.
Check what surface you are moving your crane over, as wheels won’t move easily over something like gravel
Don’t move with a load attached
It is important that you don’t think about moving cranes while you have a load attached as this can cause a high degree of swinging that could cause damage to you, your load or your crane. Always conduct your lifting operation while the crane is stationary, and once the load has been lowered, then you can move your crane safely.
For more information on the safe operation of cranes, follow the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) that are laid out here.
Ensure that the area around you is clear when moving cranes
Before moving cranes, ensure that the area around you is clear of any other persons or objects. This may seem like a more obvious one, but cranes are large pieces of equipment and so it can be hard to properly judge just how much space you will need!
Don’t overstretch yourself
Cranes are heavy pieces of equipment, so if you are attempting to move one of the larger cranes, don’t try and tackle it yourself and put your back out! Always have someone around you help to move these pieces of equipment.
Detach your crane as much as possible
Your crane will come with plenty of parts and accessories, and mobile gantry cranes are fully detachable and foldable. It will always be easier to carry and move your crane in smaller pieces if you are planning to move it over a large distance, so make it easier for yourself by breaking the crane down.
Want more tips on the safe operating of cranes?
Throughout our years at Cranes Direct we’ve picked up hundreds of tips relating to everything from the safe operation of cranes to how to install them properly. If you were looking for more tips on using cranes, please get in contact with us here.