How Does a Crane Work?

Whidby-RTC-8050-01 Crane

Cranes have been in service for thousands of years, using nothing more than rope and a series of pulleys and other “simple” contraptions that used physics to their advantage. Where ramps were used to build the ancient Egyptian pyramids, early types of cranes were used to build the largest structures in ancient Greece and Rome. […]

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Crane operator training

Telescopic Crawler Cranes

When it comes to any construction site, safety has to be job one. This includes inspecting all gear before use, appropriate safety signage, a well-developed project plan, and hard hats all around. If part of your project plan includes the use of a crane, a daily checklist should be followed. This should include where the […]

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Crane Safety

Crane lifting industrial materials

For thousands of years, cranes have been used to make work more efficient and, in turn, more productive. Whether building temples in ancient Greece or skyscrapers in Seattle, cranes are used to lift hundreds of tons of materials hundreds of feet in the air. Many structures couldn’t be built without the help of cranes. Cranes […]

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Sling Inspection Procedure

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. It may be a tired, old cliche, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. Cranes today can lift hundreds of tons of material hundreds of feet in the air. But if just one aspect of the lift goes wrong, it could all come crashing down. […]

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3D Lifting Plans

A 3D lift plan used to prepare for a lift

Whether it’s using a lift boom to repair a transformer atop a power pole or lifting 100 tons of material 100 feet in the air, careful planning is needed. Called a lift plan, there are several factors to consider; lift radius of the crane or boom, weight to be lifted, and even the amount of […]

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Crane Guidelines for Cranes

Orange and white checkered flag on a crane

Before any construction project that involves work with cranes can begin, engineers develop a safe-lifting plan. This includes marking a working radius around the crane and removing vehicles and other objects away from the fall area if possible. Making notes of overhead wires and structures, and generally making a plan before every day of lifting. […]

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Crane Ground Bearing Capacities

Crane using crane pads to steady itself for a lift

Cranes of every size are rated for certain loads, angles of lifting, and other aspects of any lift – these factor into the crane ground bearing capacity. These crane rating manual load charts let an operator, rigger, and project manager know exactly what a crane is capable of. These standards help establish a safe lifting […]

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Wind Speed for Mobile Crane Operations

A Demonstration of Wind Speed Crane Safety

Whether it’s involved in construction or demolition, industrial or agricultural, maintenance or repair, there are thousands of uses for cranes. From hoisting public utility crews for powerline service or lifting hundreds of tons of material hundreds of feet in the air, there’s a crane for every situation. However, not every crane can be used for […]

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Link-Belt Cranes unveils TCC-800

ACT EXCLUSIVE: Link-Belt unveils TCC-800 Link-Belt’s new TCC-800 strengthens the company’s depth chart in the telecrawler market. Back in early November I had the opportunity to make a quick trip to Lexington, KY to see firsthand what Link-Belt Cranes had going on for ConExpo. Prior to the trip to Kentucky, American Cranes & Transport had just announced its intention […]

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