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Johnson Crane Hire recently made light work of challenging working conditions at a Lesotho mine site – extreme weather, a remote location and mountainous terrain over 3 100 m above sea level – to deliver the safe and reliable lifting services.

According to Dean Wepener, Johnson Crane Hire Vanderbijlpark branch manager, the team has fine-tuned its operation in the ‘Mountain Kingdom’ to ensure that the customer can run operations efficiently and can rest easy in the knowledge that safe lifting services are taken care of.

Johnson Crane Hire matches the challenge

Johnson Crane Hire has provided a 35 t mobile all-terrain crane on the mine site for an extended period of time, along with trained and experienced operators to ensure there are no hitches in the lifting duties required.

“The contract presents a number of unusual challenges, but none that we can’t meet,” says Wepener. “Our main task is to keep the on-site crane operating in top condition and compliant in terms of our own operational policies, national regulations and customer requirements.”

Working in weather that regularly delivers searing heat, freezing cold, torrential rain and howling winds, the crane operates 12-hour shifts for seven days a week. Its duties are focused on the range of maintenance activities that the mine demands, especially as the harsh climate increases the rate of replacement of many items of equipment on site.

“Our service offering to the mine includes a four-pronged application of specialist skills,” he says. “An operator is permanently on site, and rotates with a standby operator to ensure compliance with Lesotho’s labour regulations and Johnson Crane Hire’s best practice policies. Secondly, a maintenance mechanic visits the site regularly to service the machine, replacing oil and filters, and attending to any other mechanical issues arising.”

The third leg of responsibility and support is the certified lifting machine inspector (LMI), who visits the site quarterly to conduct the required compliance check on all aspects of the crane.

“We also have a Johnson Crane Hire foreman who makes on-site inspections, checking on both the machine and the operator,” says Wepener. “In addition to those four interventions, I also am at the site regularly as the branch manager, and will do my own assessment of the crane’s condition and general operations.”

The aim of all this attention, he says, is to help ensure that there is no unnecessary downtime on the mine, which suffers substantial losses for every hour of lost production. He emphasises the role of the operator in keeping the crane working safely; as well as ensuring that all lifts are conducted according to best operating practice and within weight compliance limits. The operator also does a pre-operation check every morning and sends through his report to the branch regularly.

“The training we provide to our operators is at the best level available in the lifting sector,” he says. “As Johnson Crane Hire is accredited to provide our own in-house training to crane operators, we can be sure that our crane operators receive the highest standard of preparation for their work. Not only do we train our operators for the respective tonnages they can lift, but we also certify them for specific crane models.”

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