A report focusing on crane collapses and failures over a 20 year span found that the second-leading cause of such accidents was extreme weather — often wind. The stakes are high when it comes to crane safety on the jobsite. Not only is there expensive property and equipment at stake, but a crane collapse can lead to tragic consequences. That’s why it is of the utmost importance to always use a high quality anemometer to provide you with accurate wind condition data.
A Brief History
Anemometers have actually been used for hundreds of years to measure wind speed. Many accounts favor Leon Alberti as the inventor of the first mechanical anemometer in 1450. In 1846, the design received an upgrade courtesy of John Robinson who added four hemispherical cups. The cups would rotate on a horizontal axis, turning mechanical wheels as they did. The cup anemometer saw several variations over the years. It was in 1991 that the next big innovation came. It was then that Derek Weston added the capacity to detect wind direction by simply adjusting the position of one cup. Today, there are several types of anemometers used for gathering wind data.
Choosing The Right Anemometer
Buying a quality anemometer that is designed for durability and accuracy is an investment that will pay off time and again by helping you to ensure safer operating conditions for your crew and equipment. Trusted brands like LSI-Robway have been consistently solid in providing superior monitoring equipment and accessories. The GS026 wind speed sensor is a great wireless setup with a communication range of 4,600 feet regardless of potential RF interference. This is significant, since many companies advertise communication range numbers that don’t take RF signals into account. RFI can dramatically reduce the range of a wind monitoring device. The GS026 operates using LSI-Robway’s specialized radio technology that drastically minimizes the potential for interference. The GS026 is also protected by a 1-year warranty and is FCC and CE certified.
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Anemometer Care and Accessories
Aside from the actual wind sensing unit, you’ll need a receiver to display your data, as well as a good mounting bracket. The GS026 is compatible with previous-generation brackets, and it can transmit data to a number of displays and receiver units. The wind cups are extremely flexible, making them highly resistant to breakage. Just in case, though, the cups are user replaceable. If a cup breaks or is lost, an affordable replacement can be ordered from the manufacturer. The replacement cup snaps right into place without the need for a professional technician or any recalibration of your equipment. The original battery on this particular anemometer should last up to three years under normal operation. Putting a new one in is as easy as putting a battery in a child’s toy.
When safety is at stake, you can’t leave anything up to chance. Keeping real-time tabs on wind conditions is a must on any jobsite where a crane is used. Investing in an anemometer that will deliver accurate results and stand up to the elements is well worth the price. Always follow all proper procedures when operating any type of crane. Talk to an industry professional about how you can best outfit your heavy equipment to minimize the potential for preventable accidents.