10 Tips for Better Mobile Crane Operations

10 Tips for Better Mobile Crane Operations

 

1. Never override the mobile crane’s computer.

2. Be aware of all overhead hazards – specifically close-by buildings and any power lines that are within the zone of operation.

3. Read the load charts – prior to turning the key in any new mobile crane.

4. Cell phones in the cab – while the crane’s key is on the cell phone is off.

5. Always note the changing conditions on the jobsite – from personnel to weather to surroundings. If you work at night, ensure the proper lighting is in place to ensure 100% safety.

6. Sometimes in a working situation, the crane operator needs to stop, evaluate, and find a safer lift plan.

7. Check ground conditions – before crane setup, ensure that the site is suitable to support your mobile crane and the future suspended loads.

8. Use appropriate pads & cribbing – mobile crane operators need to make sure they are using correct pads or cribbing to avoid having an outrigger fail or sink when they are making a lift.

9. Before starting your crane, always double check the oil, gas, and other fluid levels.

10. At the beginning of your shift, walk-around your crane checking for mechanical, electrical, structural, and hydraulic issues (MESH).

Mobile crane operators are a small brotherhood whose main goal is to ensure the safety of those we are working with. If we can avoid a few simple operating errors, it will go a long way in avoiding an incident on the job site.

 

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NFT delivers 10 Potain tower cranes to Royal Atlantis Residences site in Dubai

Tower cranes, they are just cool. They do amazing work and provide quick easy erection of buildings like no other construction equipment on the market. The first units of Potain MR 418 cranes in the UAE have been erected at the Royal Atlantis Residences construction site in Dubai.

NFT, the exclusive dealer of Potain in the region, supplied 10 brand new units of the crane for the Palm Jumeirah project, located next to the Atlantis resort.

The MR 418s have been fully erected by NFT on fixing angles at heights ranging from 104m to 190m free-standing.

During Phase 2 of the operation, the cranes will be braced with special anchorage bracing, spanning 16m in length, to the core of the building.

NFT has also delivered two Potain GTMR 400 units to the construction site.

Value-added services provided by NFT as part of the contract include spare parts delivery and technical consulting.

“An entire container filled with MR 418 spare parts” has also been delivered to the site.

In a press statement, NFT said the move ensures client needs are “anticipated and immediately satisfied on site, without worrying about availability and delivery time”.

A two-shift schedule will be implemented to ensure 24-hour operations of the cranes, with full-time technicians to be based on site to ensure non-stop service delivery.

Ssangyong Engineering & Construction and Besix, in a joint venture, were awarded the project’s construction contract in February 2016.

According to the press statement, NFT’s previous work experience with Besix helped it secure the contract to deliver Potain units for the mega project “after months of negotiations”.

Remarking on the project, Bassem Kini, the NFT operations director tasked with the Royal Atlantis Residences project, said “erection went smoothly, and the tower cranes are working beautifully”.

He added: “The project is positively challenging, and we have enjoyed working with the client’s site team, which is professional and cooperative with NFT.”

Royal Atlantis Resort and Residences will boast almost 800 guest rooms, more than 230 serviced apartments, and 46 storeys.

Love Mobile Cranes – So Cool

What is a mobile crane?

Technology has advanced to the point that mobile cranes can lift and move just about anything your heart desires, in a wide range of different situations. From carefully squeezing a kitchen sink in through a skylight window, to moving a grand piano from one floor to the next, there is little a mobile crane can’t take on. As a consequence, they come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and heights.

In fact, their versatility is such that it can be hard to keep track of what kind of mobile crane is required. Below, we pick apart the most common.

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Hydraulic Cranes: Run on hydraulics, oil is pushed from one cylinder to another to give this type of crane its awesome strength. Hydraulic mobile cranes are robust and reliable, so it comes as no surprise that they’re the most common. Most cranes today are hydraulic because of their safety features and smooth operation.

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All Terrain Cranes: As the name suggests, this type of crane is an all wheel drive crane that can travel on both highways and gravel roads to get the crane into position for the lift. With the new engineering advancements in crane set up, these cranes are now ideal for remote job site locations like wind farms. Compared to the heavy lifting power of a crawler crane, all terrain cranes are easier to set up and move around the job site which means they can help the installation crews get the job done quicker.

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Rough Terrain Cranes: Specially designed to operate off road, rough terrain cranes have all-wheel drive capabilities and rubber tires to help them navigate ditches and potholes in the road. With lower capacity lifting abilities, these cranes work well in situations where the lift radius and rough ground conditions don’t need high or heavy lifts. Many iron framed buildings implement the use of rough terrain cranes.

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Crawler Cranes: Working in partnership with telescopic and lattice booms, crawler cranes are self-propelled cranes on tracks. They are incredibly powerful machines that range from 90 to 1200 ton in capacity. Typically crawler cranes are used in bridge construction, concrete tilt up and wind farm installation projects.

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Carry Deck Cranes: This type of mobile crane can rotate on a full 360 degrees axis, making them perfect for operating in confined construction areas. Exactly as the name suggests, carry deck cranes have small decks where they can lift and place equipment, like barrels, onto it’s deck and relocate it to another location on the job site.

An increase in the construction of building projects in challenging places means mobile cranes are heavily leaned upon to problem solve. The demand has led to the production of super large cranes with increased capabilities, such as the 500 to crane from Leibherr, Grove or LinkBelt – a machine we frequently put to good use at Eagle West Cranes and Stampede Cranes.

With the above featuring on every construction workers’ ‘must have’ list, mobile cranes are now more important than ever.