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A Few Tips to Make Your Site and Project Ready for The Crane

When you have made the arrangements for a crane to come to your construction site, you may have the impression that you have done what was necessary and the crane company will take care of the rest.
When you have made the arrangements for a crane to come to your construction site, you may have the impression that you have done what was necessary and the crane company will take care of the rest. This is usually not the case. To ensure the job gets done quickly and efficiently, take care of the following things before the crane arrives and while it is there.

Permits

While the crane company will normally make sure to get any necessary permits to drive or transport the unit on city streets, they may not get any other permits. Contact the building department and ask if you will need a permit to close the sidewalk or street to prevent people from walking or driving around the area.

Prep the Area

If there is a fence around the property, you will need to take it down to allow room for the crane. You will also need to have a clear path for the vehicle once it is on the property. If the crane doesn't have room to travel to where it is needed, you may need to remove a tree or small outbuilding.

You may need to divert around any areas that have been newly dug, such as new water or sewer lines. The weight of the crane may cause damage to underground pipes. Take the time to map out a safe path for the crane to travel when on the property.

You may also need to contact any utility companies that have overhead wires in the area where the crane will be operating. The utility companies can send a crew out to move these lines while the crane is there. 

Prep the Lift

Make sure that the object to be lifted is prepared. If the object has windows or doors, remove them to keep them from being damaged during the lift. In addition, make sure that the slab or foundation has been inspected and approved for the object to be placed on it. Clear the foundation of any dirt or debris that may get in the way.

Prevent Access

Once you have obtained permission to keep people and vehicles away from the area, you will need people to enforce this. Ask other people on the construction site to block off the area. Get some type of vest for them to wear, and make sure that everyone has a copy of any permits you have.

Communication

A crane produces a lot of noise. However, everyone on the site needs to be able to communicate with each other to keep everyone and everything safe. Consider having walkie-talkies on a single channel to allow everyone to know what is going on. You may also want to have a set of different colored flags to be used to signal problems or movements.

The crew sent with the crane will have undergone safety training that will help prevent anyone from being injured on the job site. You can ask the company to provide you with proof that their employees have completed this training and are certified to operate the crane and equipment.

Having everything ready for the crane and crew when they arrive will keep the project moving forward. If you do not take the time to have everything prepared, the job may need to be delayed. The crane may be booked for another job, so you have to wait even longer to get it back to your site. In addition, any delay is going to cost you extra money.

Use these tips to ensure that everything is ready on your construction site when you hire a crane service. Contact General Steel Crane and Rigging for crane service at your construction site.