The use of cranes in our lives especially in lifting of heavy equipment and objects is of great importance. This is more so in the construction industry. This is because in this industry heavy equipment and materials are lifted. The transport industry is also not left behind as heavy container cargo is lifted onto tracks by cranes. Maintenance of cranes is therefore very important bearing in mind their importance in our lives.
It is prudent to ensure that cranes are regularly inspected as well as the services they offer. First thing first, there is the legal requirement depending on the state or country. It is mandatory for any machine being used anywhere in the world to be in good condition. Carry out inspection of your cranes or those you hire to be on the right side of the law. It is however good to note that one should not maintain cranes in good condition just because of legal provisions. Many other reasons are there for you to keep your crane in good condition.
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. Secondly inspect the condition of the crane in relation to maintenance. General condition of the crane guides you on the use of the crane. Cranes that are well conditioned are very efficient.
If you inspect a crane you will establish any mechanical defaults in good time. 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 requirement has been put in place by the Crane Manufacturers Association of America. If the expert finds any mechanical faults they should be corrected expeditiously. It is very dangerous to use defective cranes.
The directive of CMAA is that before you use your crane for any task, general inspection of its condition should be done. This is a routine check that is not very detailed. CMAA however advises crane owners to inspect their cranes for mechanical damage either weekly or monthly depending on usage. Records of inspection should be well kept so as to guide the next phase of maintenance of the crane. Following these rules and regulation is very beneficial. 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.