33 Ton Crane at Work

33 Ton Stiff Boom Crane Hoisting Tubing Injector

The City of Medicine Hat request the service of Stampede Crane & Rigging Ltd., a division of TNT Crane Canada with crane services Edmonton AB, to hoist a tubing machine to support Maple Creek Endless Tubing for a recent project in Medicine Hat. Maple Creek Endless Tubing injector weighed 5000 lb. and was hoisted by Stampede Crane’s 33 ton crane for the project.

Project: Hoisting a 5000 lb. tubing injector

Customer: Holding Maple Creek Endless Tubing & City of Medicine Hat Gas

Location: Medicine Hat AB

Equipment: 33 Ton Stiff Boom Crane & Tubing Injector/Lubricator

33 Ton Stiff Boom Crane

More About Maple Creek Endless Tubing

Maple Creek Endless Tubing Services Ltd. is a vibrant privately owned coil tubing services company at the forefront of the oil and gas servicing industry.

With more than 25 years in the coil tubing well servicing sector, Maple Creek Endless Tubing has strived to be a leader in the industry with its technological advances, stringent maintenance schedules, and dedication to keeping up to the highest standards known in the industry.

With its highly-skilled and competently trained workforce, 15 active rigs, and 3 field offices, Maple Creek Endless Tubing became recognized as one of the industry bests and will continue to up-hold its reputation as such.

Stampede Crane & Rigging is a division of TNT Crane & Rigging Canada.

New Crane Training Facility in Calgary AB

SAIT breaks ground on new facility 

A rendering of the future SAIT trades training facility in southeast Calgary.

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) which celebrated its centennial on Oct. 16, marked another historic milestone today — breaking ground on the first new training facility of its second century.The customized training facility will be constructed on an eight-acre lot at 10490-72 St. SE, Calgary. When completed in the fall of 2017, the facility will house world-class applied learning labs for Crane and Hoisting Equipment Operator Apprenticeship and Iron Worker Apprenticeship programs.

“This new facility will dramatically enhance the learning environment for SAIT students and will include the best technology available, from crane simulators to a full crane maintenance shop, to labs designed specifically for ironworkers,” says Dr. David Ross, SAIT President and CEO. “By providing real-world experience, coupled with robust industry-specific academic programs, we will set our students up for success so our future crane operators and iron workers are job-ready and able to make a contribution to employers as soon as they graduate.”

Construction is now underway and will employ hundreds of workers start to finish. Alberta Advanced Education is providing $5 million in operating funding for the facility.

“This government is proud to support our post-secondary institutions, because we know good jobs begin with a good education. This new facility will provide innovative training opportunities to prepare Albertans for success as we build on traditional economic drivers and move towards a more diverse economy,” said Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education.

(Left to right) Dr. David Ross, SAIT President & CEO, Wayne Benz, President at Centron Construction Group, Graham Sucha, MLA Calgary-Shaw and David Roberge, Dean of SAIT's School of Manufacturing and Automation break ground at SAIT's new trades training facility.

(Left to right) Dr. David Ross, SAIT President & CEO, Wayne Benz, President at Centron Construction Group, Graham Sucha, MLA Calgary-Shaw and David Roberge, Dean of SAIT’s School of Manufacturing and Automation break ground at SAIT’s new trades training facility.

Stampede Crane & Rigging is a division of TNT Crane Canada. All rights reserved.

10 Steps to Crane Safety

Human error is the most common cause of crane accidents. This extends to both crane operators and those workers responsible for maintenance and safety procedures. Accidents often occur when crane maintenance and operating procedures don’t keep up with the increasing risks and demands placed on the crane.

Many accidents result from a breakdown in communication between the project manager, site supervisor, the operator and the workers on the ground. Accidents also occur when workers fail to follow safe work practices and procedures.

While a crane may appear to be a simple device, its operation involves complex physics. You don’t need to be an engineer to operate cranes safely, but everyone involved with their operation should be aware of and follow some basic steps for safe operation. Here are the steps I recommend:

1.    Complete an Inspection. Verifying that the crane has received its annual inspection is only the first required step. It’s critical to check the operating functions daily to ensure all components are working properly. Experienced and inexperienced operators are often surprised to discover they may have inadvertently pushed the crane beyond its limits and damaged key components of the crane that could lead to failure.

2.    Always complete a Field Level Hazard Assessment.  A Field Level Hazard Assessment is the process where you:

  • Identify site & job specific hazards,
  • Evaluate the risk associated with the hazards identified, and
  • Eliminate or control the hazards prior to and during the work task.

3.    Complete a plan. Each lift is different from another, and it’s important to review all hazards, the load weight capacities, integrity of the equipment, the possible effect of wind, and other factors. The operator, riggers, and other workers involved with the lift must be part of that planning process.

4.    Communicate the Plan. The purpose of a “Tool Box” or “Tailgate” meeting is to:

  • Communicate – Hazards & Controls for the site specific task
  • Communicate – Safe Work Practices & Procedures to be followed
  • Communicate – The Plan to successfully complete the task
  • Communicate – Assign clear roles & responsibilities to the ground crew
  • Communicate – Agree to the plan and sign off on the plan

5.    Follow the Plan. Far too often accidents occur when the agreed upon plan is not followed or enforced.

6.    Know your Ground Conditions. The most powerful, carefully rigged crane is only as strong and stable as the surface upon which it stands. You need to know the classification for the soil or other material under the crane, and adjust your setup and load limits accordingly. While many cranes are equipped with outriggers, extending them doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve provided a stable surface. It’s important to know the load weight and how that is affected by the conditions of your jobsite. The crane’s load chart can help you determine whether your lift will be safe.

7.    Know your Radius. The counterweight and boom travel within a specific arc is called the swing radius. It’s important to ensure that the area within that radius is barricaded off. It is critically important to establish a control zone for those authorized to work in the immediate area. Constantly check the area throughout the day to ensure that there are no objects the boom might strike. If obstacles are introduced, be sure that the operator and other workers are aware of the obstacle and the plan for avoiding it.

8.    Use your crane properly. Cranes are engineered for vertical lifting. That doesn’t stop some crews from trying to use them for side loading or other improper activities. Using a crane to drag something across the ground or from under an obstacle puts extreme stress on the boom, the turntable, and all the structural members. It could potentially weaken key components and lead to their failure.

9.    Communication. Whether you use radios, air horns, hand signals, or some other method, there needs to be clear communication between the operator and the other workers. That’s especially critical when a crane is making a lift in which the operator cannot see the load. Don’t assume that everyone knows how instructions will be communicated. Make sure everyone understands the system and follows it. (See Communicate the Plan)

10.    Stay Focussed. Everyone associated with a crane needs to stay alert and focused on the job at hand – especially on critical or difficult lifts. The lack of focus is a common cause of work related accidents, incidents and serious near-miss events. It is also important to ensure that there is sufficient lighting onsite to be able to see the entire worksite.

Stampede Crane & Rigging is a division of TNT Crane Canada. All rights reserved.

New Spider Lift Crane Purchase

New Spider Lift Crane Purchase

In its work platform configuration, the Ragno XTJ 52 has a maximum working height of 52m with 20m outreach. The auto-levelling multi-position stabilizers offer useful flexibility during the machine’s positioning.

The Ragno XTJ 52 is designed to convert into a spider crane, by attaching a 500kg winch in place of the baskat.  In its crane configuation, it can lift 500kg material up to 46m height, with a horizontal outreach of 11m.

The basket can be easily dismantled and placed onto a special support which is provided with the machine. The radio remote control allows the operator space to position and monitor load movements.

For us at Crane Cafe we ask the questions: how valuable are spider cranes? Does their unique access abilities really provide the value that it takes to justify the ROI on purchasing one? How many spider cranes does a company who does industrial moving need? Do crane services in Edmonton AB benefit from adopting this technology?

Massive Potain Crane Storage Yard

We believe this is a great news piece concerning the crane industry. However, we also wonder about the impact that a desert and sand climate such as Dubai has on the storage of cranes? Is there a safety impact when you consider the amount of wind and sand and how the crane parts must be naturally sand blasted for it’s storage life? Just some thoughts to consider and points to ponder when we think of crane safety or crane related info.

Abu Dhabi’s NFT has coincided the celebration of its 30 years of partnership with Potain in the region with the unveiling of a massive new-build crane storage yard and service facility in Abu Dhabi.

The vast 300,000m2 plot at Al Dhafra replaces the company’s two existing UAE yards in Al Mafraq and Sweihan and is now home to a fleet of 1,800 Potain tower cranes, 500 hoists, and 35,000 spare parts.

One of the first visitors to the new facility was Larry Weyers, executive vice president for tower cranes at Manitowoc. He paid tribute to NFT’s ongoing investment in its business and customers.

“We have enjoyed seeing NFT progress over the past three decades and it is fantastic to be here celebrating 30 years of cooperation. NFT is one of the leading success stories among our Manitowoc distribution partners.

“The company works hard to deliver the latest Potain technology to its customers and is continually developing its support services. It’s great to see this approach being rewarded so well and this impressive new facility will act as a great foundation for future growth.”

Since its inception in 1987, NFT has grown rapidly with Potain and today the company is the largest owner of Potain tower cranes and one of the biggest tower crane distributors worldwide.

Nabil Al Zahlawi, CEO of NFT, noted: “The plot in Al-Dhafra was selected not only as the base for our UAE operations, but for our global activities too.

“The new yard strengthens our ability to serve clients, and will enable us to increase stock, maintain the quality of new equipment and recondition used cranes to near-new levels.”

In the near future, NFT also plans to move its existing headquarters and 600 employees from Al Mina, Abu Dhabi to its new facility in Al Dhafra.

The company is also investing in sophisticated engineering technology at the yard, including two dedicated facilities for crane reconditioning: one for welding and painting and one for electrical work.

The company has invested in a barcode tagging system to keep track of its parts across the storage yard, while an internal network of electric all-terrain vehicles transport staff around the huge space.

NFT also maintains locations throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia.

For more information on NFT, please see PMV’s recent interview with Nabil Al Zahlawi. 

Cranes are Construction Equipment Not Climbing Gyms

The recent ‘climb’ in the number of people trying to scale tower cranes in metropolis’s around North America is getting ridiculous. As reported by the Barrie CTV news, the numbers are ever increasing.

The number of people climbing multi-storey cranes in York Region is a growing concern for emergency crews.

On Sunday night, two 16-year-olds were spotted at the top of a 13-storey construction crane in Newmarket. The teens climbed down and were arrested for mischief and trespassing.
“It seems almost crazy that we have to be here to warn people about the dangers of climbing cranes, construction cranes, but nevertheless here we are,” Const. Andy Pattenden told CP24.

“People, primarily youths, have been climbing these multi-storey construction cranes,” Pattenden said. “It’s happening at night. They’re going out there, the reason for which we’re still not sure why they’re doing it – probably for thrill-seeking, something from YouTube. They’re gonna climb up and take a selfie at the top of these cranes.”

Between May 22 and June 11, police have dealt with four cases of people climbing cranes. These have happened in Richmond Hill, Whitchurch-Stouffville and Newmarket.

Parents are being asked to speak with their children about the dangers.

We couldn’t agree more.

Lack of Safe Platforms for Work On Crane

LACK OF SAFE PLATFORMS FOR WORK ON CRANE

MK 2012-11-22

Major crane hire company erred on work at height precautions

A company has been fined after a worker fractured his vertebrae after falling while working on the platform of a crane.

High Wycombe Magistrates Court heard how the 54-year-old was working on the platform on 14 March 2016, which was 2m above ground level when he fell. He has since made a largely full recovery.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the fall could have been prevented by reasonably practicable measures, which have now been put in place.

Work at height protection is vital

Terex Cranes UK Ltd pleaded guilty to Regulation (4) of the Working at Height Regulations 2005 at High Wycombe Magistrates, was fined £50,000. The company also had to pay costs of £1699.52 and a £170 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Stephen Faulkner said:

“This case highlights the importance of ensuring that workers have reasonable measures in place while working at height and it is carried out in a safe manner.

The company has now initiated a system of work platforms which would have prevented the falls.”

Guidance

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) website provides free guidance including advice on working at height on mobile cranes and tower cranes.