Cranes are lifting equipment which is used for lifting and lowering of heavy loads. These are the equipment have always to be in good condition so that it is safe to use. Mainly, the requirements are listed in the Use of Work Equipment Regulations and Lifting Operations known commonly as Puwer and Lifting Equipment Regulations or LOLER.
These guidelines list the risks that are associated with the use of the lifting equipment and through examination and inspection; the owner of such equipment will be given the licence to use them. So if they do not maintain these they will not be allowed by law to operate the machines. And if these same machines are the main source of income for the business, then that would definitely put a hole in the pocket. The things to look out for are the deterioration of some part which are exposed to the elements. If these are not corrected then dangerous situations may arise.
With equipment that are well maintained, this would avert the financial, legal and safety related issues which may arise due to unfortunate events that should or could have been prevented if only the proper servicing had been made. Now there are servicing companies that can do this but many lifting equipment owners or businesses still decide not to take this easy option for they feel that they can do the job themselves and it would take less money. Unfortunately, unless they have someone who can fully service the equipment according to the safety standards, then they would not only be wasting their time, but they could also lose their license to operate or LTO.
Now, it is not just the equipment that needs to be well maintained, the operators also have to go through training courses so they would know how to determine the weight of the load their cranes are about to lift, how they should be attached, the safety measures for the area where the lifting is about to be done, if the area is cleared of anything or anybody that may get damaged or injured during the lifting. Not only do the owners of the cranes have to know how to operate them, but the operators also have to have their certification. They are encouraged to maintain their education every time they renew their licences.