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Top Safety Factors for Mobile Crane Operations in South Australia


Crane Services at O-I Glass

Mobile cranes are marvels of engineering, capable of precisely lifting and placing incredible loads. But with great power comes great responsibility, and ensuring the safety of everyone on the job site is paramount. Here at Crane Services, a leading provider of mobile crane solutions across South Australia, safety is our top priority. This blog explores some crucial safety factors to consider when operating a mobile crane:

Be Aware of Local Weather Conditions

South Australia experiences diverse weather patterns. Here’s how weather can impact mobile crane operations:

  • High winds: Strong winds can significantly affect a crane’s stability. Lifting operations may need to be postponed or adjusted if wind speeds exceed safe limits set by the manufacturer.
  • Heavy rain: Slippery ground conditions due to heavy rain can compromise the crane’s stability and the safety of personnel on the ground.
  • Extreme temperatures: Extremely hot or cold temperatures can affect the performance of hydraulic systems and the lifting capacity of the crane.

Lifting Within Limits: Understanding Weight vs. Capacity

Exceeding a mobile crane’s lifting capacity is a recipe for disaster. Always adhere to the following:

  • Load charts: These vital documents provide the maximum safe lifting capacities for the crane at different boom lengths and configurations.
  • Pre-lift calculations: Accurately weigh the load to be lifted and factor in the boom angle and radius to ensure it falls within the crane’s safe lifting capacity.
  • Safety factor: Never operate a crane at 100% capacity. Maintain a safe buffer by keeping the lifted weight below the maximum rated capacity as specified in the load chart.

Solid Ground: Assessing the Site

The ground conditions where the crane will be positioned are crucial for safe operation:

  • Level surface: The crane needs to be set up on a level, firm surface that can support its weight and the lifted load. Uneven surfaces can compromise stability.
  • Soil bearing capacity: The ground needs to have sufficient strength to bear the weight of the crane and the lifted load. Crane Services can provide on-site assessments to determine the ground’s suitability.
  • Underground utilities: Before setting up the crane, ensure there are no underground utilities like gas lines or electrical cables in the vicinity.

Slung Tight: The Importance of Proper Load Securement

A poorly secured load can become a dangerous projectile if it slips during lifting. Here’s how to ensure proper load securement:

  • Choosing the right sling: Use slings with the appropriate weight capacity and configuration for the specific load being lifted.
  • Secure attachment: Ensure the load is securely attached to the slings using appropriate rigging equipment like shackles or lifting hooks.
  • Balanced weight distribution: The load should be balanced evenly across the slings to prevent tipping or swaying during the lift.

Safety First, Always

At Crane Services, we believe safety is not just a priority; it’s a core value. Our experienced crane operators undergo rigorous training and adhere to strict safety protocols. We also offer comprehensive lift planning services to ensure every job is meticulously planned and executed with safety at the forefront.

Partner with the Experts: Crane Services in South Australia

For your next mobile crane project in South Australia, choose a company that prioritises safety above all else. Contact Crane Services today to discuss your requirements. Our team of experts will work closely with you to ensure a safe, efficient, and successful lifting operation.

Call us on 0477 400 646 or email your enquiry.

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