Factors to Consider in Crane Safety

March 23, 2020

Cranes are utilised by construction projects that need to lift and move heavy objects around the site. However, the main functionality of cranes is normally affected by a lot of factors. In crane operations, the crane operator must be experienced so that it can handle lifting and moving of objects and equipment without inflicting danger to the surroundings. Moreover, stable ground support is required so that the crane won’t fall and plummet towards other structures and workers. 

Aside from the aforementioned factors, one factor that can greatly affect crane operations and safety is the weather conditions. Elements such as humidity, wind direction, gust, and others can now gauge the next weather condition. But still, construction companies sometimes overlook the existing weather condition and proceed with crane operations without extra precautions. This type of work can jeopardize the life of people who are around and working on the site.

So, if you want your cranes to be safe, here are some factors that you certainly need to consider.

Dust Cloud

Lack of moisture on the surrounding is caused by dry weather. As the moisture goes, the dry dust on the surrounding is formed. Dry dust can contribute to the formation of large dust clouds, which can be dangerous on the construction site especially for crane operations. Huge dust cloud formation can hinder the sight of crane operators, making the crane movement pretty much compromised. So, make sure that your other construction equipment and machinery have clean filters to eliminate dust. The mechanical parts of your crane equipment must also be lubricated regularly.

Seal Elasticity

High temperatures can also affect the elasticity of seals and sealants. If your crane equipment has seals and sealants on some parts, then they might lose their intended elasticity. The reduction of elasticity can result in failure and damage to the hardware, which can be catastrophic if you are still using it in the middle of lifting operation. Replace these sealants immediately if you find some signs of damages. 

Handling Wind

One most crucial factor in crane operations is the wind. Cranes can operate effectively in an environment with minimal wind speed. However, once the wind speed increases, some crane might not withstand a specific wind speed and can end up falling to the construction site. If you are not sure about your crane’s capabilities, you must consult your user manual first before installing and erecting your crane equipment. You can also personally check the current wind speed in your area through browsing some weather news, applications, or websites. A wind anemometer can also be used for more accurate wind data.

Load Size

Related with wind speed, the weight of your load can also affect your whole hoisting and lifting operations. There is a huge chance that your crane can cause the load to swing and even rotate. Due to added pressure from the wind, your load might overload and crash on the ground. To prevent this from happening, you must determine the size and shape of the load so that you can assess if it is dangerous to lift or not.  Determining these things can help you operate the crane safely. If you want to know more about efficient and safe crane operations, then give us a call now at Adz Lift Crane Hire.