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Summer Crane Safety

Crane Safety | Jul 26 / 22

While summer may be the most popular season for large-scale construction projects, there are several seasonal hazards that can compromise safety on your project site. This is especially true if you are using a mobile crane or other heavy equipment as the higher temperatures of summer can put additional strain on these units. As a leading provider of quality mobile crane rentals, the team at Stampede Crane & Rigging knows how important crane safety is for every project. That is why we have compiled some information on summer crane safety to help you keep your operation running smoothly while keeping every worker safe.

Learn about some common factors that affect mobile crane performance.

3 Ways to Maintain Crane Safety During Summer

To ensure optimal crane safety throughout summer, it is important to perform the following actions:

1. Be Conscious of Heat and Sunlight Exposure

Prolonged exposure to harsh sunlight can cause your mobile crane to overheat, resulting in severe damage that could put a halt to your operation until repairs are performed or a replacement unit is provided. In addition to damage to the crane, intense sunlight can make the seat and cab of the crane extremely hot and dangerous for the operator. To keep your crane cool and reduce the risk of heat-based damage, it is strongly recommended to monitor heat, humidity, and direct sunlight exposure before attempting to perform a lift.

2. Perform Daily Inspections

The condition of crane parts such as hoses, wires, and fluid reservoirs can change daily. That is why daily inspections before operating are crucial, as these changes would otherwise go unnoticed and increase the risk of damage to the unit. In addition to looking for signs of wear, it is important to check the levels of coolant, hydraulic fluid, and other necessary fluids and top them off as needed. Operators will then need to thoroughly inspect radiators and other elements to make sure that they are not blocked by any debris and are in good working condition. The inlets and outlets of the crane will also need to be checked to ensure that they are clear, as a blockage can reduce the coolers’ airflow.

3. Use the Right Crane for the Job

While this may seem obvious to some, it is crucial to choose the right crane for the job. In addition to weight capacity and lift height, you will need to ensure that the crane you work with has a high ambient cooling option. Crane manufacturers provide different cooling packages for their equipment, so you will need to select an option that can offset the additional strain posed by the heat on your project site.

To learn more about crane safety or to inquire about our selection of mobile crane rentals, get in touch with the team at Stampede Crane & Rigging. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our rentals or the details of your project.