With any lifting operation, rough or uneven terrains should be avoided when attempting to lift or lower a load of a certain weight. However, this may sometimes be unavoidable, and in this scenario, you must take necessary precautions to ensure the operation is a safe as possible. Please read on below to find out how to work with cranes, and perform safe lifting operations, on rough or uneven terrains.

What are rough and uneven terrains?

Rough and uneven terrains can be as simple as small pieces of gravel, that make the ground the lifting operation is occurring on uneven, and therefore the lifting operation less safe and predictable. You will typically find these surfaces where you are having to complete your lifting operations outside.

uneven terrains

You must take special care when working with cranes on uneven terrain

Safety advice to follow

Although lifting a load on a rough or uneven terrain can be dangerous, there is advice you can follow in order to make the task as safe as possible. This advice is imperative when working with cranes on uneven ground, and is as follows:

  • If your equipment has wheels attached, be sure to have the brakes enabled at all times. Examples of machinery that utilises wheels includes our mobile gantries, which have the ability to lift loads up to and including 5000kg.
  • Be sure to follow all regulations set out under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). These important guidelines place duties on those that handle or operate lifting equipment in an industrial environment. They include regularly inspecting your equipment, marking your equipment with its safe working load (SWL) and carefully planning your operation.
  • Make sure the area is cleared of debris as much as possible, as this could obstruct the operation and be potentially hazardous. Of course, this piece of advice applies to any lifting operation, not just those that occur on uneven or rough terrains.
  • Limit the amount you are working with on this terrain, as well as the weight of the loads being lifted. Lifting operations occurring on uneven ground is much more hazardous than lifting operations occurring on flat ground, and so you should only perform critical tasks.
  • Ensure all workers involved in the operation are fully protected, and are at a safe distance from your equipment. Further precautions must take place to ensure that the lifting operation is as safe as possible, as uneven ground is far more unpredictable than flat ground.

Contact Cranes Direct today

We hope the above article is helpful in answering any questions you may have to do with working with cranes on rough or uneven terrains. Performing lifting operations on uneven terrains is much more dangerous than performing the same task on flat terrains, but following the advice in this article will make these tasks much safer! If you have any more questions regarding this topic, please do not hesitate to contact one of our team today. You can:

  • Call us on 01384 76961
  • Find our other contact details here

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