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How To Look After Your Lifting Equipment In Rainy Weather

Crane operation requires particular care and precision, particularly in bad weather such as wind, rain, snow or even icy conditions. If you’re hiring a crane during rainy weather, it’s vital you understand how to correctly operate it and how to do so safely. In certain conditions, you may require an all-terrain mobile crane or rough-terrain mobile crane if the earth is particularly water-logged.


Here is our guide to dealing with rainy weather when operating lifting equipment.

Storage and coverings

When using cranes such as an all-terrain crane, it’s important to adapt to rainy weather conditions by investing in suitable coverings or indoor storage for your equipment. Rainwater can soon damage your machinery and coverings will help protect it. It is also a good idea to dry off all metal components before storing them.


Safety is a big concern when operating rough terrain mobile cranes, so construction sites should be clearly signposted with safety signage and markings. These markings should remain visible even during reduced visibility caused by heavy rainfall. This might mean that you will need to invest in additional lighting to make sure that workers have a clear view of the equipment at hand.


Heavy rainfall can cause the surfaces on your construction site to become slick and slippery. Therefore, it is vital that your machinery is properly secured and non-slip mats or grates are added where possible to improve safety for your team.


When using a terrain crane in rainy weather, it’s important to be aware of how this can impact the machinery such as rust, corrosion or accelerated decay. You should carry out regular inspections and also arrange for an additional service if your equipment has been left out in the rain or if you're concerned about safety following a period of bad weather.


If you’re looking to hire all-terrain mobile cranes or other kinds of crane, get in touch with the team at Macsalvors Plant Hire today. We have a range of crane hire available and we can help you carry out construction in bad weather while still keeping you and your team safe. For more information about the cranes we offer for hire, visit our website or give us a call. A member of our team will be happy to help.

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