5 safety checks to perform before putting your crane into operation

Konecranes experts are safety-checking cranes.

In general, dropped loads are one of the most frequent safety hazards associated with overhead cranes. Dropped loads are most commonly the result of one or more of the following factors: poor operator training, improper rigging technique, an incorrect lifting device, overloading the hoist, and side pulling.

In addition to any tests, training, and inspections required by local laws or regulations, follow these pre-use recommendations to enhance crane safety and help avoid dropped loads. 

  1. Test run the crane the full length of the runway and bridge span to ensure no obstructions will interfere with the crane travel motions. Test that all motion’s travel speed match the designed specifications.
  2. Turn the crane off, engage the hoist “up” switch, the hook should not rise. Engage all other motions to ensure no movement is possible. Turn the mainline switch back on and raise the hook to test the upper limit switch. All travel and hoist motions should match the control labeling directions. 
  3. Check that the wire rope is properly seated. Ensure that it is not twisted, kinked or damaged. Check all other limit devices for proper functionality.  
  4. Train all crane operators on the functionality of all new cranes.
  5. Provide proper inspections and maintenance as required by local regulations and recommended by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

These are just a few of the safety checks that should be performed before operating a crane. Konecranes CheckApp for Daily Inspections is a digitized way to perform these inspections and includes 15 points to check. Daily inspections are a statutory requirement in several countries and good practice for any crane operator.



Text: Venla Pöyliö

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CheckApp for Daily Inspections

Daily inspections integral to safety

The daily inspection is a user’s – or crane operator’s – own assessment of the condition of an asset and environment for safe use. Konecranes CheckApp for Daily Inspections is a digitized way to record the daily inspection. There are 15 points to check daily or pre-shift if required.

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Crane operator training

Operator training for safety and compliance

Crane Operator Training is designed for crane operators and the supervisory personnel responsible for the daily operation and safe performance of cranes. The training gives participants the working knowledge to assist in reducing operator errors that may lead to unnecessary downtime.

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Preventive maintenance program

The CARE Preventive/Predictive Maintenance program is designed to improve equipment safety and productivity. We document safety and production risks and make recommendations to address these concerns. 

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Risks and recommendations on yourkonecranes

Access maintenance information anytime, anywhere

You can quickly see a summary of safety and production risks, plus TRUCONNECT safety, production and condition alerts on the yourKONECRANES customer portal. Konecranes technician enter maintenance information during a visit and service reports can then be viewed or downloaded on the portal.

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