How Temperature Is Affecting Your Crane
Extreme temperature and weather conditions can have a significant impact on cranes or hoist equipment and their safety. Therefore when it comes to selecting cranes it is important to choose a reliable and high-quality service provider that will meet your needs despite the weather conditions.
Cranes need to be regularly checked on to ensure that temperature is not having a detrimental impact and that they comply with crane safety awareness and regulations. Here at Emerson Cranes, we offer crane hire services, expert advice, and guidance.
The effects of weather on construction and using cranes
There are many safety risks and aspects to consider before using a crane. Weather and construction go hand in hand and temperature alone can have a dramatic impact on your crane. Therefore, it is important to make sure this is considered in extremely cold or warm weather conditions.
Cold weather conditions
Cold weather can dramatically reduce a crane’s precision and strength which can cause them to fail. Steel is versatile and its structure shifts greatly, going from ductile to brittle. Further worsening of the weather conditions will result in the steel reaching the ductile-to-brittle-transition temperature (DBTT).
Putting your cranes at these temperatures for long periods will shorten their lifespan and thus lead to downtime. The rapid shift in the structure of steel can have side effects such as cracks and nicks within the crane. This will affect the performance of the crane and this might put your workforce and the surrounding environment at a higher risk.
During construction, safety precautions need to be implemented to ensure that you are not putting yourself or workers at risk, particularly in icy conditions which can make parts of the crane slippery.
Hot weather conditions
The effects of weather on construction are numerous and in hot weather conditions, the water from the mortar can evaporate and this will affect the performance of the crane. As a part of crane safety awareness, to protect any accidents from occurring, proper examination of the crane should be conducted by the driver before any operations begin.
Overheating as a result of hot weather conditions can affect crane operations safety. All fluid levels should be checked and topped up regularly and efforts should be made to prevent equipment from getting too hot.
The drier the weather the dustier the working conditions on-site. With heavy vehicle movements and normal on-site activities contributing to filling the air with dust, this can quickly become a problem. Dust coats on surfaces such as oil damp hydraulic pistons and air filters might cause problems, clogging up surfaces and posing a safety risk to your workforce. A thorough check up on the crane seals should be conducted regularly, as crane seals are often affected by long exposure to direct sunlight. To prevent equipment damage they should be regularly replaced. Here at Emerson Cranes, we ensure that all of our equipment is regularly inspected and serviced, to give you the peace of mind you need to get on with the job safely.
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