How to deal with a crane breakdown and who to contract for repairs
It is hard to imagine a construction site of any kind where specialised equipment in the form of cranes is not used. They make it possible to transport the heaviest materials vertically. Due to the working environment and the loads involved, it is impossible to avoid breakdown or failure of the equipment. If this occurs, it is necessary to use the services of crane repair and maintenance companies.
Due to the size of the cranes, it is not possible to transport them to the service centre on a trailer in the way that damaged cars, for example, are transported. The best service technicians have an extensive range of crane repairs with the possibility of travelling to the customer. Once a breakdown has been reported, a date is set for specialist mechanics to arrive at the site. They carry with them the necessary equipment for repairs . No matter what type of fault, you can count on the problem being diagnosed and rectified.
The downtime caused by a machine breakdown can incur large costs for the general contractor, so to avoid downtime it is worth using professional service technicians.
Service and maintenance work
Servicing and maintenance work on cranes should only be carried out by persons suitably qualified to do so. Before we start servicing work, we must inform the machine operators each time. We must also appoint a works manager.
What not to do in case of crane breakdowns
Never carry out any service or maintenance work when you have a suspended load. The engine must also be switched off so that all components on which maintenance is to take place are at a standstill. We may only deviate from this rule for such service or maintenance work that cannot be carried out without the diesel engine running.
It is forbidden to climb on machine parts. Both cranes and cranes are equipped with special grips which, during service and maintenance work carried out at height, allow the use of safety devices to protect against falling.
What to do before starting maintenance work
It is necessary to prevent access to the crane launch by inappropriate persons. In addition, we can place warning signs. If necessary, we can cordon off the area required to carry out the work.
If it becomes necessary to dismantle the safety devices during maintenance, they must be reinstalled and checked for correct operation as soon as the maintenance work is completed.
When servicing cranes, it is essential to ensure the safe and environmentally sound disposal of working and auxiliary materials. When working with oils, greases or other chemical substances, the safety rules which apply to these products must be observed.
All cranes and cranes in the manual have full specifications of the consumables used. Servicing of cranes at heights above 1.5m requires the use of the protective equipment provided or others that meet safety requirements. These include ladders and working platforms.
Welding and grinding work
Welding or grinding work and gas cutting within the crane may only be carried out when the site and working conditions are such that there is no risk of fire or explosion. It is forbidden to carry out such work yourself without first contacting the customer service department of the authorised service centre. Incorrect welding work on cranes can have serious consequences. It may result in the need for complex and very costly repairs.
It is important to remember that improper welding work on cranes can have serious consequences, resulting in the need for complex and very costly repairs.
When to do inspections and periodic tests of cranes?
It is very important to carry out regular inspections and to document them properly. Cranes are classified as handling equipment. This is followed by inspection every 30 days. Periodic inspections of cranes in their full form are carried out every year.