Certified Crane Care Tech Tip: Final Preparations for Shut Down and Outage Season


The stockings are hung by the chimney with care and visions of service technicians fill the air. 
Last week we discussed the beginning steps of preparing your facility for semi-annual or annual shut-downs and outages. Don't land on the OSHA naughty list by making sure to follow the rest of these guidelines as you prepare for your equipment to be lifted with care. 


  • Do a visual check of all pendants for damage, wear and repair needs.
  • Be sure pendant is clearly marked for identification of functions.
  • Confirm electrical equipment is still located where it will not be exposed to accidental conduct under normal operating conditions.
  • Clean electrical equipment of any dirt, grease, oil and protect from moisture.
  • Confirm live part guards are still located so they cannot be accidentally deformed or make contact with live parts.
  • Confirm enclosures for resistors still have adequate ventilation able to prevent accumulation of combustible matter too near hot parts. 
  • Check sheaves for surface defects that could cause rope damage.
  • Check all sheave housing to ensure safe operation between and during use.
  • Maintain OSHA required lubrication standards for all sheaves.
  • Confirm all hooks will be used without exceeding the manufacturer's recommendation.
  • Check all running ropes for worn outside wires, corroded, cracked, bent, worn, or improperly applied end connections as well as severe kinking, crushing, cutting or unstranding .
  • Give a thorough investigation on all rope which has been idle for a period of a month or more for all deterioration types.
  • Make sure multiple part lines are not twisted around each other. 
  • Read through OSHA 1910.179 again to make sure all preparations possible have been made before shut downs and outages begin. 

Certified Crane Care is here to help you with your overhead crane and hoist. Our expertise includes Fall Protection training, inspections, repairs, modifications and modernization to help your company meet and exceed your safe operation needs.


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