The use of cranes in our lives especially in lifting of heavy equipment and objects is of great importance. The construction sector is the main industry where cranes are perennially used. The industry entails lifting of heavy building equipment hence the need for cranes. The use of cranes is also important in the transport industry for lifting of containers. Services offered by cranes are good hence the need to ensure that both the services and the cranes are well maintained.
Inspection of cranes is something that you should always strive to do. First thing first, there is the legal requirement depending on the state or country. It is therefore a legal requirement to maintain your crane. Carry out inspection of your cranes or those you hire to be on the right side of the law. It is however good to know that you should maintain your crane not just because of the legal implications. There are ample reasons for you to have your crane in good working conditions.
The first task in inspection is to inspect the crane design. The functions the cranes perform have a positive correlation with the design in questions. Ensure to be well advised on correlation of your crane on specific tasks to be carried out. The second thing is to always inspect the spectrum of maintenance on all parts of the crane. This is very important for it could show you indications of whether the crane can carry out the task without risks. Well maintained cranes are also very efficient.
Crane inspection helps in noting any problems related to its mechanically moving parts. Governing bodies of cranes in most states dictate that the inspection be done by an expert. An expert in the context of a person having about 2000 field hours of field experience repairing cranes. This is a requirement by the Crane Manufacturers Association of America. Repairs should be effected immediately if any defaults are noticed during inspection. It is very dangerous to use defective cranes.
There should be a routine check of the crane prior to undertaking any task as per the directives of CMAA. This routine check is general. However, the same institution proposes a thorough inspection to be carried out on a weekly or monthly basis depending on how often the crane is used. Maintain records of such inspections so as to make right decisions on maintenance in future. There are many advantages of adhering to these rules and regulations. With well maintained cranes there is reduction of work related injuries by workers. The second benefit is that a well maintained and repaired crane will always perform well. The last advantage is that if your crane is well maintained then any work that you put it on will be done efficiently and with finesse.