To ensure a crane you use regularly in your business operation is safe, it must be inspected frequently for things like loose guards around moving parts, problems with the hydraulic system, and damaged hoist chains. However, there are some parts of the crane that do not really have to inspected every day; instead, they should be periodically checked by a professional. Even though periodic inspections may not involve checking main operation components, these checks are important just the same. Here is a look at some of the things required during a periodic crane inspection.
Wear and Tear on the Brakes, Braking System, or Brake Components Analysis
Brakes are used daily, but they do not wear so quickly that they have to be inspected on a daily basis. It is best to check out the brakes and brake system components on a periodic basis to look for things like:
- General brake wear
- Loose brake system components
- Missing or damaged brake calipers
- Low brake fluid levels
- Leaks in brake fluid lines
Braking is an important safety feature of the crane, so you do not want to have any small problem cause problems or posing a risk while the crane is being operated.
Loose Hardware, Hinges, and Bolts Correction
Because the crane vibrates so much while it is in use, some of the bolts, hinges, and other hardware can get loose over time. These hardware pieces should be examined periodically to see if they have worked their way loose, and any loose parts should be immediately tightened. Hardware can need to be tightened in and around the motor, on the hoist arm, and on the body of the crane.
Electrical Wiring and Electrical Connections Analysis
Even though most electrical components will do just fine for many months without a lot of attention, occasionally, there can be problems that arise. The electrical systems, including any electrical motors, should be periodically inspected to look for loose connections and other issues.
Repair of Damage or Wear to Tires and Wheel Components
The tires allow the crane to stay mobile, and wear and tear to the tires or wheel components can compromise the crane's ability to move smoothly. It's generally a good idea to stay alert to signs of wear and tear in the tires or wheel components, but every now and then, these parts should have a closer examination. For example, the interior wall of the wheel should be checked for damage.