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Crane operations are critical in construction and industrial settings, where safety is paramount. In this blog post, we’ll explore the best practices for operating both slew cranes and Franna cranes, highlighting their unique safety considerations and key operational guidelines.

Understanding Slew Cranes and Franna Cranes:

Slew cranes are known for their ability to rotate 360 degrees, offering excellent reach and lifting capacity for heavy loads. On the other hand, Franna cranes, also known as pick-and-carry cranes, are highly mobile and compact, making them ideal for tight spaces and rapid deployment on construction sites.

Knowing when to use a slew crane versus a Franna crane is crucial for safety in lifting operations. Slew cranes are ideal for tasks that require precise positioning, heavy lifting, and extended reach, such as erecting structural steel, installing precast concrete elements, or handling large machinery. 

On the other hand, Franna cranes are suitable for pick-and-carry operations, loading and unloading materials in congested areas, and navigating challenging terrain on construction sites. 

Safety Measures for Slew Cranes:

  1. Before crane operations, conduct a thorough site assessment to identify potential hazards, such as power lines, uneven terrain, and overhead obstructions.
  2. Always adhere to the crane’s load capacity limits and never exceed the rated capacity, considering factors like load weight, boom length, and environmental conditions.
  3. Follow proper rigging practices, including inspecting slings, shackles, and hooks for wear and damage, and securing loads with appropriate rigging techniques.
  4. Ensure crane operators are trained, certified, and experienced in operating slew cranes, with knowledge of crane controls, signals, and emergency procedures.

Safety Measures for Franna Cranes:

  1. Before lifting loads, conduct stability checks to ensure the crane is on stable ground and properly levelled, especially on uneven or sloping surfaces.
  2. Distribute the load evenly across the crane’s pick-and-carry configuration to maintain stability and prevent tipping or overloading.
  3. Assess ground conditions, such as soil strength and compaction, to determine if additional support or outriggers are needed for safe crane operations.
  4. Practise safe manoeuvring and driving techniques, including maintaining safe distances from other vehicles and obstacles, using signals and spotters when necessary.

Best Practices for Both Crane Types:

  1. Conduct thorough pre-operation checks of the crane’s mechanical and electrical components, including brakes, hydraulics, controls, and safety devices.
  2. Establish clear communication protocols between crane operators, spotters, and ground personnel using standardised hand signals or radio communication.
  3. Monitor weather conditions and refrain from crane operations during adverse weather, such as high winds, thunderstorms, or icy conditions.
  4. Have a comprehensive emergency response plan in place, including procedures for crane malfunctions, power failures, and rescue operations.

By following these safety measures and best practices, operators can ensure the safe and efficient operation of both slew cranes and Franna cranes, minimising risks and promoting a culture of safety in crane operations.

Choosing the right crane depends on factors such as the nature of the load, site conditions, available space, and lifting requirements. For help on choosing the best crane for your project, contact us today.