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The Importance of Load Testing

The Importance of Load Testing

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Load testing is an important procedure during which lift cranes — from standard overhead cranes to bridge cranes to specialty cranes — are tested to ensure that they are able to securely, safely, and properly lift and transfer loads.

During a traditional load testing procedure, all standards from the federal government down to state regulations are taken into consideration. Equipment testing includes checking on lifting procedures, load-securing procedures, and making sure that all available safe guards are not only in place, but working properly. Learn more about load-securing procedures here.

Load Testing

Load Testing

Most companies only run load tests once or twice per year, or they only run them during required inspections, but your company should really consider doing load tests monthly, as well as each time you acquire a new crane or make repairs to an existing one. Just like motor vehicles and other pieces of machinery with moving parts, lift cranes are certainly prone to breakdowns, so you’ll want to do everything you can to minimize the likelihood of a breakdown happening in the middle of lifting a heavy load.

If the slightest shift in a load could result in damage, imagine what an entire load falling due to a malfunctioning crane could result in! Regular load tests ensure that you’ll catch any minor problems become significant problems.


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