Cranes will always be an integral part of any construction project. They provide the lifting ability that the project needs, especially involving heavy objects. Cranes are categorized based on their purpose. When dealing with a skyscraper, a tower crane may be needed. If a crane is needed to move from one location to another in a small amount of time, then a National Crane truck may be required. Truck-mounted cranes give the mobility needed to move from one construction site to another.
Standard Operating Procedures
When using a crane truck, standard operating procedures should be observed before using it on a project. One of the standard operating procedures for this truck is an inspection to ensure that it is safe to operate and will not cause any harm to the crane driver and the other people at the worksite.
It is important to have a crane truck checklist, which is a guide to properly assess the condition of the crane prior to its usage in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment.
The checklist includes the date, time, brand name (such as National Crane), model, serial number and location of the truck. It is also necessary to make sure this vehicle passes the standards set by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Following are some of the checklists and important inspection information that must be examined prior to usage of a crane truck:
Functionality of the Control Mechanisms
Always check for any contamination of the control mechanism as well as for any leakage and deterioration of the drain pumps, valves and hydraulic systems. Be alert for any deformities, especially to the hoist chains, that may be outside of the manufacturer’s standards. Always conduct a test drive and observe the system for any malfunctions.
Loose or Damaged Parts and Accessories
This is done periodically on the truck-mounted crane. Check for any corroded parts such as sheaves, drums, gears, bearings, rollers and locking devices. Assess for any wear-and-tear of the brake system parts as well.
Crane Set Up
According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is necessary to check that the crane is set level for safe rotation and operation. Outriggers should be set in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications to increase stability and overall structural integrity. Always check for the lifting capacity rating stated by the manufacturer. Before beginning the day’s tasks, it is important to check the overall crane set-up to ensure that the machine is properly positioned.
Conducting a daily or periodic crane truck inspection is essential for achieving success and for safety purposes on any construction project. A safety plan must be designed for each job to prevent any catastrophic event. Life is very important and should not be compromised while operating a National Crane truck. Through the simple life-saving activity of conducting regular inspections, potential hazards can be detected and serious injuries or fatalities that might occur because of any malfunctioning can be decreased or eliminated!