Routine Checks

At the beginning of each shift or working day, the operator, if competent for the purpose, or a competent person, should carry out the following routine checks, as appropriate:

  • checks as required by the manufacturer’s instructions;
  • check that the automatic safe load indicator is correctly set and/or fitted with the correct jib length (or jib and fly-jib lengths) and falls of hoist rope;
  • check that the correct load-radius scale appropriate to the jib (or fly-jib) length is fitted on the visual indicator;
  • check crane level indicator (where applicable);
  • check working space limiter/anti-collision system (where applicable);
  • check audio and visual alarming devices;

Check the security of the counterweight or ballast where this is in the form of removable weights, check that the weights fitted correctly correspond to those shown on the counterweight chart for the operating condition [Note: Where the stability of a crane is secured by means of removable weights, a diagram or notice indicating the position and amount of the weights shall be affixed to the crane in a place where it can easily be seen (Regulation 7F of the LALGR); 11.2 11.2.1 The boom on luffing boom cranes should be set at the 15º position or position as recommended by the manufacturer when the cranes is left unattended Code of Practice for Safe Use of Tower Cranes 57

  • check the oil level(s), fuel level and lubrication;
  • check hook for signs of cracks and wear;
  • check loosening of pins, bolts and nuts; check the ropes, and rope terminal fittings and anchorages for obvious damage and wear;
  • check the condition and inflation pressure(s) of tyres (where applicable);
  • check that all water is drained from any air receivers; check the jib structure for damage;
  • check the operating pressures in any air and/or hydraulic system(s);
  • check leakage of brake fluid and hydraulic oil;

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