Heavy duty lifting jobs in our day to day activities require the use of cranes. The use of cranes is rampant in particularly 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.
Inspection of cranes is something that you should always strive to do. The first thing is that different countries and states have regulations to be followed in crane maintenance. 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. However, the law should not be the only reason you inspect cranes. There are many other reasons for doing it as well as ways of doing it.
First you should always inspect the design of the crane. 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. General condition of the crane guides you on the use of the crane. Well maintained cranes are also very efficient.
Inspection of cranes will aid in identifying any mechanical problem that the machine could be facing. Governing bodies of cranes in most states dictate that the inspection be done by an expert. An expert in most cases is defined as a person having not less than 2000 field hours of experience in maintenance tasks of cranes. This is a requirement by the Crane Manufacturers Association of America. If any problems are noticed during the inspection then the repair works should start immediately. Using a defective crane is very dangerous.
The directive of CMAA is that before you use your crane for any task, general inspection of its condition should be done. 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. 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. Lastly, work done is usually done very well and with utmost efficiency if the crane doing it is one that is well maintained at all times.