Completing Jobs Safely And Securely: Considerations Before Installing A Tower Crane
Owning and operating your own construction company can be a great source of pride and accomplishment, but it also comes with a wide variety of challenges. Chief among these is understanding the equipment needs of various jobs and being prepared to meet those needs safely. If you're working on a structure that requires a tower crane, this requires even more scrutiny.
Below, you'll find a guide to some of the conditions you should consider before you schedule your tower crane installation. Having answers to all of these questions will make the process much easier on your crane company and can help guarantee that your job is completed in the timely, professional manner that you desire.
A tower crane can only be installed if its concrete pad can be firmly mounted to a stable base. As such, it's important that you have a full understanding of the stability of the soil on your job site. You should also carefully examine the strength of the ground, as it may be compromised by your construction project.
You should be sure to conduct a full, professional safety survey before your crane is installed. This will provide your crane company with all of the information they need while simultaneously allowing you to relax from under the weight of potential liability.
As with any other piece of equipment, selecting the right crane for your job site requires knowing what will be expected of it. Different cranes may be installed for lifting weights of different loads, and the size and likelihood of shifting of those loads may be a factor as well.
Be sure that you carefully consider the loads you'll need to transport, and always err on the side of heavier rather than lighter. The cost savings you may achieve by selecting a smaller crane are virtually nothing in comparison to the increased risk you can expose yourself to by choosing improper equipment.
When the work is done, you have to be sure that you can get the crane safely away from the site as easily as you had it installed. This means that when you're planning out the execution of your building plans, you guarantee enough safe clearance and time for crane removal. This step will also allow you to more easily finish the remainder of your construction project, as it can be centered around the availability of heavy equipment and the ease with which it can be used.