Crane maintenance in Karratha is one of the most important parts of the activity of a company in this field of work. Periodical inspection and crane maintenance helps prevent accidents and ensures a good flow of the projects.
These are the items that need to undergo inspections:
- Cranes – (every type, from telescopic to gantry and tower ones)
- Vehicle, personnel and material hoists
- Telescopic handlers
- Elevating work platforms (mobile)
- Units that place concrete
Under the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (OHS, 2007), every employer has the obligation to protect the health and safety of the employees that use cranes, winches and/or hoists. The employer must identify all the hazards that might be associated with working with these tools and take all the necessary steps to prevent them, eliminate and reduce risks.
The employer is also responsible for crane maintenance, as well as for the inspection of every winch and hoist. When the inspection reveals that a crane, winch or hoist has a problem, this must be solved before using the tool again.
“AS 2550 Cranes, hoists and winches – Safe Use” is the starting point for every company that needs to keep risks under control and comply with laws and regulations. This article contains information about the proper way to maintain, inspect and repair the above-mentioned tools.
The company is responsible for every tool that falls under its management. Thus, most crane hire companies need to make sure that they have a dedicated person who has the necessary body of knowledge and expertise to establish the extent and frequency of the maintenance, repair and inspection of every crane, hoist or winch on the company’s inventory.
It is not enough to perform regular inspection and crane maintenance in Karratha. After each of these processes, the company must also perform an assessment to ensure that the tool may be used safely. This assessment must:
- Be done by a person with relevant competencies and, ideally, supervised by an engineer that has a lot of experience inspecting that particular type of crane.
- Make sure that the right documentation has been filled in after each inspection or repair. This includes product notification, field service bulletins and safety upgrade notices.
- Identify each critical component and provide a detailed note of the assessed components, recommendations for safety usage, how the assessment was performed and any other relevant information. If the engineer deems it necessary, the tool must be stripped of certain parts in order to grant access to the crucial components.
All in all, crane maintenance is not something to be treated lightly. Skipping inspections and regular maintenance may result in serious accidents, injuries and even deaths. In turn, these may affect a company’s reputation and its revenue. Employees may file suits against an employer who did not comply with rules and regulations; nonetheless, a client may do the same if his project and/or employees have been hurt in anyway. Moreover, a crane, hoist or winch that does not work properly may cause delays and slow down the project. Schedule your crane maintenance in Karratha today and make sure that your business runs smoothly!