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Five tips and tricks for removing or relocating machinery

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Relocating machinery is a frequent occurrence that is an inevitable part of any construction project. Acquiring the equipment, the personnel and the know-how to do so successfully however can be difficult.

Machinery can be obscenely expensive, and is often extremely delicate. Similar to operating them, these machines need extra caution when you intend to move them from one location to another. Also, the fact that some machines are enormously heavy, as well as asymmetrically shaped, means that transporting them requires a special set of skills to ensure the transfer is safely done without anyone getting hurt or damaging the machine in the process. It is clear that hiring Bryn Thomas cranes is an important step to guarantee that the move is completed safely and efficiently.

  1. Know your lifting equipment better.

Since hiring cranes is inevitable in this operation, you should know a bit about how they work. Most of us know that cranes are capable of lifting and lowering heavy machinery, but few of us realise that they can also move the lifted objects horizontally. This quality makes cranes ideal for lifting and loading machinery into a truck.

You should also be aware of the weight capacity of the crane you are using. Don’t overwork it because although the wire ropes (or chains) may not tear instantly, they will weaken and after some time, it will be like working with a ticking time bomb. Because you will never know when the ropes will tear and drop, you run the risk of doing a lot of damage to the machine itself as well as anything that surrounds it.

  1. Avoid manual lifting

Manual lifting is not recommended because these pieces of machinery are both bulky and heavy. Without enough experience of lifting or even space to do so, you are putting yourself and those around you at risk. The most common related risk factor is musculoskeletal disorders.

  1. Climate and weather

Climatic conditions and weather may seem insignificant, but one little error caused by these factors can be fatal. For instance, if you fail to observe the strength of the wind, it may cause tension on the crane, and ultimately far bigger problems are likely to follow.

  1. Skilled personnel

You need to have professionals in your team to make sure fixing of the lifting equipment is done properly. Skilled people will also know how to communicate to avoid any misunderstandings during the operation. In addition, an experienced team will know where to position their equipment to ensure safety regulations are observed at all times and vehicles are well parked to avoid collisions.

  1. Planning

Make a plan of the operation so that every individual is given a particular task and is aware of what exactly they are supposed to do. At this stage, you will also need to check that equipment is well prepared and not faulty at all.

Adhering to the above is very important when operating any kind of heavy machinery. It is also important to exercise extra caution and follow basic rules and regulations.

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