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5 Crane Tips to Follow During Hurricane Season

Crane in a bad weather
If you live and work in a place like Florida, where hurricanes are a concern, it's only natural to think about how your work and equipment can be affected by hurricane-force winds and other hurricane-related conditions. Of course, you can't completely prevent a disaster from affecting your business. However, this doesn't mean that you shouldn't try.

These are a few crane-related tips that can help you prepare for the hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30 in the Atlantic and May 15 through November 30 in the Pacific.

1. Monitor the Weather

As you might already know, hurricanes and tropical storms can turn and change tracks at the last minute. Even if all of the reports are stating that your area is safe from a storm that might be brewing in the ocean, it pays to keep an eye on the weather.

Storm tracks can change suddenly due to very minor climate changes, so a storm that might have been anticipated to head in a totally different direction could turn and head your way. If you watch the weather, you can watch out for this and make preparations for dealing with your cranes before the last minute.

2. Don't Try to Work When the Weather Is Bad

It can be tempting to try to get as much work done as possible in the days leading up to the storm. However, tropical storm-force winds can extend approximately 300 miles from the eye of a hurricane, so strong winds and other bad conditions can occur well before the actual storm does. For safety and to prevent damage to equipment, cease working well ahead of the storm's anticipated arrival.

3. Make Arrangements to Have Rental Cranes Picked Up

If you have a rental crane in your possession, you may want to contact the rental company as soon as you become aware of an incoming storm. You probably do not want to be liable for any damage to a rental crane, and the rental company might have its own hurricane preparation plans for its equipment.

By calling well in advance of the storm, you can make arrangements to have the crane picked up in time to be taken to a safe location. If the crane rental company does not want to come out and pick up the crane, you might be given advice for how to secure it during the storm, or someone from the crane rental company may come out to take this step themselves.

4. Check Your Insurance Coverage

If you own your own cranes, you probably want to make sure that they are properly covered by your insurance policy. In fact, it's a good idea to check your coverage periodically anyway, but if a storm is coming, now is a good time to do so. Then you can ensure that your policy is up-to-date and that you have ample coverage to cover any damage to your cranes that might occur during the storm.

5. Secure the Crane

When possible, secure your cranes under a shelter so that they will be protected from the storm. For much larger cranes and for businesses with limited storage space, however, this might not be an option.

Of course, this does not mean that you should just leave your cranes as-is. After all, they could be at risk of being destroyed during the storm if they aren't secured properly. Additionally, flying debris from a damaged crane could destroy property or harm someone.

If you can, disassemble your crane before the storm, and store the parts in a secure location. Strapping the crane down to make sure that it's as secured as possible can also help you keep it steady if hurricaneforce winds strike your area.

As you can see, you can take several steps to keep cranes safe during a hurricane. Follow these tips, and you can help ensure that hurricane season is as minimally damaging to your business and equipment as possible.