As with any large piece of machinery, there are risks associated with owning and operating an overhead crane. Overhead cranes are designed to move big loads and, when properly maintained and inspected, provide reliable and dependable service. Today, we highlight several reasons why regular crane maintenance and inspections are necessary.
Safety – When it comes to the operation of overhead cranes, the safety of all who operate, perform maintenance and work on or near the crane is number one, no question about it. Inspections highlight what is right – and also what is wrong – with your overhead crane.
Specific OSHA mandates dictate that overhead cranes must be inspected according to set schedules and frequencies. Not following OSHA standards and violating these mandates can amount to costly and detrimental impacts to your business.
Protect your investment from wear and downtime – Regular inspections allow you to find problems before they get larger and cause bigger issues down the road, such as costly repairs and the ensuing downtime associated with fixing the crane.
Preventative maintenance protocols, determined by the crane manufacturer, are set to extend crane life and keep cranes in service. If the crane manufacturer recommends them, it’s probably best to follow them. Not to mention that OSHA also mandates that the crane owner establishes a preventative maintenance program based on the OEM recommendations.
To maintain acceptable capacity levels – Not knowing the proper condition of your crane can be an indicator that it’s not safe to lift at the specified capacity. Regular inspections help to reduce wear and tear, and spot it before it becomes a major issue. By means of regular inspections, you are fully aware of the condition of your crane and any known issues regarding it. It is only by establishing and implementing a regular inspection and preventive maintenance program that will ensure the crane owner and operator that his or her equipment is safe to be used to its original design capacity.
Liability – Nobody wants a legal case against them alleging negligence, and legal cases are expensive for all parties involved. By having properly trained and qualified personnel performing inspections of your crane, according to a mandated schedule, you will greatly reduce the risk of a lawsuit happening in the first place.
The bottom line is that maintenance begins with regular inspections…and that cannot be stressed enough. Inspections uncover issues that must be resolved, and by doing so, small issues are caught early and corrected before they turn into large, costly and inconvenient headaches.