Proper Crane Maintenance

Construction & Contractors Blog

If you have recently added a crane to your available equipment at your company, then you may be new to the fundamentals of running a crane from the standpoint of what it takes to keep that crane operating as it should for the length of time it should. The information that's offered to you below will help inform you of some of the maintenance and care issues you want to make sure to be well aware of. Here is a good source of information for you to keep in mind.

Your crane must be inspected

Your company will need to make sure to comply with OSHA standards and this means making sure that the crane undergoes crane inspection on an annual basis. Regular use of this piece of machinery can cause components to experience normal wear. This wear can be caught early on and tended to correctly, or it can go unseen long enough for the wear to lead to a breakdown of the crane. If the crane suffers a breakdown during the most inopportune time, then this can put your employees in a very dangerous position. This is why OSHA has these annual inspection requirements in place; to try to decrease the number of crane related injuries and even fatalities.

Your crane must be inspected by someone qualified to do so

The annual inspection of your crane can't be done by just anyone but must be done by someone who is educated on just what to look for. The inspector must have a minimum number of hours worth of experience that directly relates to care, maintenance, servicing, repairing and testing of cranes.

Your crane must be tested prior to the start of each shift

To best prevent crane incidences and accidents, your crane also needs to be tested before the beginning of every shift. You must visually test the crane every day on the following things.

Leaks – Leaks need to be checked for in all areas where they can be a possibility. Some of these areas include, but are not limited to, the tank, lines, drain pumps, hydraulic systems, and valves.

Weaknesses, twists, cracks, excessive wearing, corrosion – The crane and its components all need to be checked for problems including weak areas, twists, cracks, excessive wearing, and corrosion where these things can be a possibility. Some of these areas of concern include, but are not limited to, the brakes, the drums, the hoist, chains, ropes, end connections, hooks, etc.

Conclusion

Anytime you notice even a minor issue with the crane, you are going to need to have it properly serviced or repaired. You cannot continue using the crane knowing there is a mechanical issue. To do so would put your employees safety at risk and leave you liable should something go wrong.

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