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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First Glimpse of New 120-ton Link-Belt Rough Terrain

Link-Belt Cranes will introduce the never-before-seen 120|RT 120-ton (110-mt) rough terrain crane to the world at Bauma 2019 in Munich, Germany, booth number F903/3. Owners will appreciate their return on investment with this 120|RT for its true 120-ton lift chart and operating efficiencies, while operators will continue to reap the benefits of Link-Belt’s continued crane […]

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