Safety is a major concern when it comes to any overhead crane, and those who operate cranes on a regular basis must be up to date with proper safety protocols to ensure that they are operating the cranes properly. Cranes can easily become an occupational risk when they are not operated with safety as a primary concern. Overhead cranes are used to move very large and heavy objects, and just one malfunction or improper use of the crane can result in injury to workers. An overhead crane must be maintained and inspected on a regular basis to ensure that it works properly. There are both frequent inspections done as well as monthly and annual inspections that are more in depth.
An overhead crane must be inspected regularly
One important thing to consider is the fact that an overhead crane must be inspected on a regular basis. There are frequent inspections that check the minimum necessary for safety, and these inspections do not take as long but are normally performed on a daily basis. Some of the functions and features that are inspected initially include the lowering and hoisting mechanisms, the load capacity of the overhead crane, the limit switches, safety devices, bridge travel and other functions of the crane. These initial inspections can be very important to ensure that the crane operates properly from the very beginning, and after these inspections the crane should be evaluated on a frequent basis for some of the other items that can break down over time.
Frequent inspections for overhead crane models
Frequent inspections are another requirement for overhead crane models, and the types of frequent inspections that must occur include checking hydraulic parts for leaks, checking for hooks or cracks in the crane, checking chains and connections for wear, and checking the operating mechanisms of the crane. These inspections are normally performed on a daily basis, while other inspections such as checking the running rope for broken strands and wear, checking the hoist chains for wear and distortion, and checking the hooks for cracks can be performed on a monthly basis. There are also periodic inspections of several aspects of a crane that must be performed as well.
There are periodic inspections that can be performed on an as needed basis, or they are typically performed once or twice every six months or so. Some of these inspections can include checking for wear of the chain and drive sprockets, checking the electrical components for deterioration or wear, checking for loose bolts, checking the brakes for wear, checking the load indicators and other indicators, checking the motors, and checking the drums and for cracked sheaves. These inspections can be performed as a part of a regular maintenance schedule to keep the crane operating in top condition and they are not as important as some of the daily inspections that are mentioned above, but they should certainly not be overlooked. You should consult with a crane expert like Canadian Custom Electrical if you are not sure about the maintenance schedule for your overhead crane model.