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Using a Crane Safely in the Wind

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Using cranes in high winds can be dangerous, but even if the wind speeds are relatively low , there can still be challenges to using the crane. To be on the safe side, keep these tips and ideas in mind.

Make Sure You Get the Wind Limits

If you're hiring a mobile crane, make sure to find out what the wind limits are from the manufacturer. In some cases, this may be a single number, but in other cases, it may be a chart or a graph. That will show you the maximum wind speeds based on the height and the size of the load you have on your crane as well as based on the crane's specific limitations.

Be Extra Careful With Certain Loads

The shape and weight of your load is also going to dictate how the wind affects you. If an item has large lightweight sides, the wind is more likely to catch it. To take an extreme example, imagine lifting a sailboat with a crane. That can easily be buffeted by the wind. In contrast, if something is large and heavy, it may not be as affected by the wind. Take the load into account when operating your crane.

Use Natural Windbreaks

When the wind is blowing a bit but not enough to stop you from working, you may want to use natural windbreaks. If you have a choice of where you can set up your crane, put it in the place where it's least likely to get hit by the wind. For example, work behind a tall building that prevents the wind from reaching you.

Work Slowly

The faster you move the crane, the more force there is behind the load, and if those force levels interact with wind levels, that can cause your load to swing out of control. To minimise this risk, work slowly and steadily. That applies to both pulling up the load and moving it from side to side.

Keep Tabs on the Wind

As the wind speeds change throughout the day, you may need to change your approach. Use an app or a tool so that you can measure the wind throughout the day. Then, alter your practices or even stop working as needed.

To be on the safe side, you may want to find a temporary worker who has special training to work with a crane. They can help to ensure that you stay safe in all conditions whilst using your hired crane. Contact a mobile crane hire company to learn more.