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Necessary Maintenance For Your Overhead Crane: How To Provide All Of Your Employees With Training

Typically most plants that utilize overhead cranes for production have a few employees who know how to keep the cranes running. If the plants' supervisors are really on the ball, they have at least one employee on each shift who can provide maintenance for an overhead crane and perform small mechanical repairs. Your plant could revolutionize the way overhead cranes are maintained by providing training for every employee. Here are a couple of options on how to accomplish this.

New Employee Training Day

When you hire several new employees all at once, you could set a training day aside just to show them how to oil, lubricate, and check the cranes over for potential problems. The hydraulic systems on some overhead cranes can be quite touchy, so if you have a crane or two that occasionally "acts up," then you can teach your employees how to deal with that as well. Any of your previously hired employees can sign up to take the training with the new hires if they have not had the training yet.

Company-Wide Crane Maintenance Training Day

Obviously, you will have to work this out so that half of your plant's workers are working and the other half are receiving training, or you could plan the training on a day when the plant is usually closed. However you choose to do it, you can get the vast majority of your employees trained on the maintenance and basic repair of the cranes. Plan for at least a two-hour training with an additional hour or so of hands-on skills training for your workers to prove they understood and know what they are doing.

Preparing for the Training Meeting

Some crane manufacturers are willing to provide training on a day of your choosing, which makes it easier on you because the trainer will bring all of the materials to the meeting. You may arrange to have the training by the manufacturer's expert annually or semi-annually so that all of your employees are trained thoroughly on overhead crane use, maintenance and safety. If you choose to lead the meeting yourself, you could use the training materials left by previous crane company trainers combined with your personal experiences on the job.

Additional Safety Training

In addition to maintenance and basic repair training, you may want to consider safety training as it relates to heavy construction equipment. It is invaluable information for any plant that relies on overhead cranes to lift exceedingly heavy loads and any plant that builds construction equipment. You cannot stress enough to your employees how important it is to use more than one crane on an overhead bar when they have to lift something that weighs several tons. Talk to your local crane experts, such as, for more information.