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Wuthering Freights: How Weather Can Affect Your Crane

Famously, outdoor conditions in Britain are not the easiest, nor the most predictable. This is especially true when it comes to operating heavy machinery outside. Read on to learn about how our bad weather can impact your crane.


Construction crane in a storm

Hot Weather

Although it may seem far away in these wintery months, hot weather is thankfully on its way. Heed warning, however, as while warm temperatures are welcome to us, they aren’t so welcome to our tools. As with any machinery, hot weather can increase the chances of your crane overheating. Extreme heat can also warm up seals, leading to potential damage and broken parts.

 

Besides the direct function of your crane, heat can also affect your staff members. Heat is known to make workers more susceptible to dehydration and heat stroke, particularly when working in direct sunlight. Make sure your employee working with cranes can take regular breaks for their health and proper operation of the crane.


Cold Weather

We may nearly be out of winter, but we aren’t quite out of the woods just yet. Being prepared for extreme cold weather is important to caring for your machinery. Always seek the advice of your crane service company when operating your equipment in extremely cold weather, as minus temperatures will affect your crane’s load-bearing capacity. Ice can be hazardous for any movement too, leading to frozen tools and sliding rails.

 

Similar to hot weather, cold weather can be equally dangerous for your staff. Make sure the conditions are not too dangerous to work in, as prolonged exposure can lead to hypothermia and other worrying health concerns.


Rain, Winds and Storms

It really wouldn’t be British weather without a bit of rain. While you might know about the risks of wet weather when on the road, rain can also impact the function of your crane. The stability of your crane, as well as its traction, are both likely to be compromised in wet weather conditions. Combined with heavy winds, rain can decrease visibility, increasing the risk of serious accidents and damage.

 

Storms are uniquely unpredictable, and crane use should be avoided in the event of lighting and high gusts. As the majority of cranes are made of steel and other metals, it makes cranes the perfect conductor of electricity, and therefore a risk to staff. The winds that come with storms also pose their own risk, decreasing the stability of a crane’s foundations.


How We Can Help

At Crane and Lifting Services Ltd, we understand that weather can have an impact on your equipment. Luckily, at our top crane service company, we offer regular and thorough checks, helping your crane operate at its best. As experts in crane repairs and maintenance, we provide high-end services to our customers when needed, prolonging the life of their cranes. Our overhead gantry crane training course, for example, can help your staff achieve the qualifications needed to care for and operate your crane, while our chain hoist repairs keep your crane functioning.

 

Visit our website or get in touch with us to learn more about how we can help you.

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