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5 Elements to Consider Before Operating a Mobile Crane

Crane Safety | Mar 10 / 22

Rigging and lifting are complex tasks that require thorough planning to ensure optimal efficiency and safety. Failure to account for certain elements can result in various safety hazards or lost productivity, slowing the pace of your project. As leading providers of mobile crane rentals for a variety of industries, the team at Stampede Crane & Rigging understands the importance of crane safety. That is why we have compiled a list of 5 elements to consider before operating a mobile crane to ensure optimal safety in any operating environment.

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Important Mobile Crane Safety Considerations

When operating a mobile crane, it is important to keep the following considerations in mind:

1. Terrain and Surfaces

When working outdoors, terrain can be a significant challenge. Whether your project site features flat concrete, loose gravel, mud, or a combination of surfaces, it is important to consider the terrain you will be positioning the crane on. In addition to the type of terrain, it is worth taking note of any slopes or uneven surfaces, as mobile cranes should be completely level when performing a lift.

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2. Overhead Obstructions

From power lines and trees to nearby buildings and other cranes, there are many potential overhead obstructions on any project site. During the planning stage, be sure to account for any potential obstructions and how to avoid them or work around them.

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3. Crane Inspections and Daily Checks

Though tedious to some, daily checks and regular inspections are crucial for monitoring the health and performance of your mobile crane. Failure to complete regular inspections and pre-operation checks can result in costly equipment damage and downtime. Before any crane is used, ensure that it has been recently serviced and inspected by the operator.

4. Stability

When performing any lift, a mobile crane must be as stable and level as possible. Many mobile cranes utilize outriggers and other stabilizing features to ensure optimal balance on any type of surface. Outriggers are highly useful, but they are only effective if they are used properly. Follow the precise manufacturer guidelines in your crane’s user manual to ensure optimal performance.

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5. Load Radius and Load Limits

Every mobile crane has a rated max capacity/load limit outlined by its load chart. To ensure that you are lifting materials that are suitable for your crane, it is important to understand load radius and how it affects load limits. Essentially, the further a load is from the centre of the crane, the less weight the crane can handle. This is typically outlined in a load chart, so be sure to follow this information to ensure optimal safety for every lift.

To learn more about mobile crane safety or to inquire about our mobile crane rentals, reach out to the team at Stampede Crane & Rigging. We will work with you to provide the perfect crane rental for your precise project requirements.