How to Properly Maintain a Crane in Cold Weather
14 Jan 2021 Mobile Cranes
Winter brings with it many new considerations when it comes to crane operation and maintenance. Operators need to be extremely careful during any hoist made during cold temperatures. A variety of safety precautions should be observed, and equipment should be maintained with special attention. All mobile cranes require regular maintenance to ensure that they are safe to use throughout the year, and operators must be extra vigilant of their crane maintenance during cold months to prevent equipment malfunctions. At TNT Crane & Rigging, we are committed to safety for our team and our clients, and our qualified operators know how to properly maintain a crane in cold weather.
Cold Weather Maintenance for Mobile Cranes
Crane maintenance and safety is something that should always be at the top of any crane operator’s mind, and this is especially true when temperatures drop into negative degrees. Mobile cranes are capable of operating properly in the cold and can be stored outside, but it is important to observe the following winter crane maintenance protocols:
Protect the Crane from Weather
Whenever possible, it is best to store cranes and hoisting equipment indoors. This is not always possible, so it is best to tie a large tarp over the crane when it is being stored outdoors.
Prevent Ice from Building Up
Ice and snow can cause problems for intakes and exhausts as well as other areas of the mobile crane. Make sure that your equipment is regularly checked to prevent ice and snow from damaging the crane.
Warm Up Before Use
Mobile cranes should always be sufficiently warmed up before use in order to prevent damage. Time should be budgeted before each hoisting operation to get equipment up to operating temperatures. Block heaters and other starters should be checked regularly to ensure they are working.
Keep the Jobsite Clear
Whenever possible, it is best to clear the jobsite of snow to ensure that the crane can move around safely. It is also important to make sure that all debris is regularly cleaned up, as these can create hidden obstacles when buried under snow.
If you would like to learn more about how to properly maintain a crane in cold weather, or to find out more about the TNT Crane & Rigging team’s commitment to safety, please contact us and we will be happy to answer your questions.