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4 Best Practices To Adhere To When Using A Crane

Cranes make it possible to lift large and heavy objects into their necessary positions on the job site. Even if you have used a crane many times before, you have to acknowledge that using one of these machines comes with a certain amount of risk and danger. As such, you must ensure you adhere to these best practices whenever using a crane.

1. Always inspect the equipment before use.

It does not matter if it has been one week or one day since the crane was last used. Each day should start with an inspection of the equipment before you begin using it. If you have employees on-site whose job is to use the crane, consider giving them a checklist of inspection points that they need to go through. Only when they return the sheet to you with all inspection points checked off, can they then proceed in using the crane.

2. Deploy the stabilizers.

If you are lifting lighter items or are not lifting things very high, you may figure the crane does not need its stabilizers. Even a light object can have quite a lot of momentum when it starts swinging, and you do not want it to swing so hard that it causes the crane to roll to one side. Always deploy the stabilizers, regardless of the load or position.

3. Check the weight of items to be lifted.

Each crane has a maximum load capacity. If you have used other cranes in the past, do not assume the crane you have now has the same load capacity. Check the owner's manual to be sure. Then, check the weight of every load to be certain the items you are lifting are within the crane's capacity. Overworking the crane is not only an immediate hazard, but it also puts excess wear on the crane over time, making breakdowns more likely. 

4. Keep loads low when moving them horizontally.

If you need to transport an item horizontally using the crane, do so with the items as low to the ground as possible. This way, if there is some sort of accident and the item comes tumbling down, it will not fall as far and won't cause as much damage.

Finally, make sure that anyone who is using the crane has the proper knowledge and training. If you are not certain of their training, consider hiring a crane service instead of doing this work on your own. 

For more information on cranes, contact a company in your area like Ivans Crane.