The slewing jib crane is widely used lifting equipment, as it is very efficient for many different applications and in many different working areas. Whenever a slew crane is used for specific application, it needs to be wisely selected, including the right size, shape, design and capacity. Although there are few types of slew cranes, each slew crane is able to rotate fully for 360 degrees. However, when using a slewing crane, the safety is an important consideration and many safety precautions need to be taken. Here are some instructions for safe use of a slewing crane.
When Storing & Handling A Slew Crane…
If you are not planning to use your slewing crane for a longer period you should position it in an area where no goods, vehicles and persons will appear. Also, you can secure its jib arm in order to prevent unwanted movement caused by winds, for example. It is also suggested to remove the lifting application and separately store it. The lifting appliance should also be stored where there are no potential hazards of goods, persons or vehicles.
When Installing A Slew Crane…
The most important thing when installing a slew crane is to follow the instructions in the manufacturer’s manual. The stability and safety of each slewing crane mainly depends on its supports. Also, the installing of a slew crane must be guided by a competent person. A competent person knows best where to install the crane and how should the process properly flow.
How To Use A Slew Crane Safely?
First, never use a defective slewing crane, blocks or accessories, because this may lead to many side effects. When positioning the slewing crane, you should be very careful: do not use the arm to drag loads along and the block hook must be over the centre of gravity of the load. When taking a load or unloading, be extremely careful and steadily operate the slew crane. Also, before starting it, make sure you have a good view of the path and that there are no obstructions. For greater safety, always avoid swinging loads.
Proper Inspection And Maintenance
The slewing crane requires regular inspections by a competent person. A slew crane inspection requires checking for structural defects, damages, cracked welds, missing bolts, missing runway end stops and others. To maintain a slewing crane, you need to lubricate the pivot points and bearings, the parts that provide a slewing motion and the gear wheels. Also, its running surfaces should be kept clean and free of debris.