December 1, 2020

How Winter Weather Impacts Cranes

Cold temperatures, whipping winds, snow, and ice all make regular appearances in New York City during the winter. This raises the question: how does winter weather impact cranes?

Operating Cranes in Snow, Sleet & Ice

Snow, sleet, and ice all complicate crane operations. This is where communication between team members is crucial to ensure that the job is done safely despite the weather—especially when visibility is compromised.

Additionally, snow and ice can cause potential capacity issues by adding weight to a lift, and the crane itself. Accumulated snow and ice can interfere with lifted objects being placed as desired. Before the lift can begin, any issues related to accumulated snow and ice must be resolved.

The Crane Operator’s Biggest Challenge? Winter Winds

Wind is the biggest challenge crane operator’s face. Winter winds create wind chill, which makes it more difficult and dangerous to operate cranes. Additionally, gusts up to 20 mph can cause the cranes lifting capacity to be derated. In fact, city regulations prohibit operating a crane altogether once winds hit 30 mph. At L&M Crane, all cranes are fitted with special wind speed gauges and are continually monitored to ensure safe operation. Rest assured, all of L&M Crane & Rigging’s cranes and boom trucks adhere to strict safety protocols.

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