Archaeologists had identified cranes to originate way back in 515 B.C. when evidence showed that they aided in building the temples of the ancient Greeks. During the Middle Ages, workers used wooden cranes in docks and construction sites. Meanwhile, as for every machine in history, cranes became powerful lifting devices during the industrial revolution.
With continuous advancements in our world today, cranes have been essential for uplifting heavy loads and construction purposes. Due to this, innovators have developed various crane lifting attachments to aid in the equipment’s job. Moreover, extensions such as lifting and spreader beams and safety and man cages, to name a few, have been widely used in moving stuff and even people.
Due to its extensive history, the crane is considered “the grandfather of all construction equipment.” The power and function of cranes have undoubtedly been evident in every industry and society.
As such, since the need for heavy equipment remains, it is essential to choose the right accessories for efficiency and multifunctionality. So, ahead are some tips on how you can ensure that you have a piece of fluid machinery:
Check the Markings and Tags
Markings on the nameplate of the crane attachments should first and foremost have the name and details of the manufacturer. The plate should also indicate the serial number and rated load capacity that are critical to know. Workers should ensure that the markings and lifting capacity are visible to each side of the extension and the crane.
Warning tags such as reading the operation manual and inspecting the accessories before lifting should also be evident. The crane operating team should replace cautionary labels about the load limits and maneuvers and alterations deterrence if deemed imperceptible before every operation.
Ensure the Correct Attachment for the Right Load
As mentioned above, the crane lifting attachments and even the crane themselves vary in their capacities. Regardless of the well-functioning equipment and the highly versed operator, the machine will always have its limits. Thus, the loading team should always be mindful of the designated maximums and restrictions. Also, it is critical to match the equipment with the right extensions with these known variables.
Draw Out Compatibility Issues
There are times when the attachment and the crane itself may look okay and may even lock in together. However, if the extension isn’t made or optimised for the intended load, then it will not work. Thus, the load carrier must always fit the character and function of the cargo. In the end, the team must meet every size, shape, weight, and quantity requirement of the movable goods and materials.
Assure Continuous Training
The crane operating and lifting job requires experienced workers. The loading team assures adequate distribution of the materials on the attachment. They also correctly position the load in the accessory. Therefore, consistent training is key to avoiding any risk and injury to all ground workers.
Likewise, professional lifting crane operators should be well-trained and knowledgeable about the devices, operation, safety, and everything in between. As such, operator trainees should base their instruction on the crane manufacturer’s mandates and directives.
The crane attachment safety training should include the necessary steps in a lifting cycle and how to apply the extension to the load. In addition, the driver should also prepare for specific maneuvers that may need extra preparation. And most importantly, the operator must always recognise a proper load configuration.