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.

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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. 

News Update on Crane Fatality in England

Falcon Tower Cranes, the company whose crane was involved in a fatal accident in Crewe, England, has issued a statement naming the victims, who it describes as highly regarded and popular members of staff. The company separately named the make and model of the crane involved.

Falcon’s statement says, “Rhys Barker and David Newall were highly regarded and popular members of our staff. Their deaths were untimely and deeply regretted by all their friends and colleagues who wish to express their deepest and sincere condolences to their family and friends. Our thoughts go out to their families whose welfare is uppermost at this difficult time.

“We also share our deepest concern for those who were injured and we wish David Webb a speedy and complete recovery.  We consider health and safety to be of paramount importance and we have taken every step to ensure that all procedures are conducted as safely and efficiently as possible.

“We will leave no stone unturned to establish what went wrong and we will co-operate fully with all authorities to understand fully the causes of this tragic accident and to learn all safety lessons to be sure that safety remains of paramount importance.”

Separately, we found through sources that the crane involved was a Potain MC85B city crane.

All of us at Crane Cafe send our deepest condolences to the families of the men who died and a speedy recovery to the person who was injured.

How Working at Night Can Create a Safer Jobsite

Today, highway construction in urban areas is almost always performed at night. State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) around the country have discovered that night jobsites are safer and more efficient for a number of reasons.

  • Roadways can be closed at night without major public inconvenience.
  • Traffic is not an issue.
  • Worksites can be expanded.
  • Cranes have more space in which to operate and swing.

Working at night

OSHA and DOTs have developed comprehensive safety measures for nighttime jobsites, and modern construction lighting systems create a work environment that is as luminous as working in daylight. Crane-owning companies are adjusting to the increase in nighttime work, and crane manufacturers are looking for ways to adapt cranes to these conditions.

At ConExpo in March 2014, Link-Belt introduced its first crane with a standard lighting package, the 210-ton capacity ATC-3210. The lighting package on the new all-terrain crane makes it easier to set up and rig the crane in the dark hours of the early morning or dusk. There are high intensity LED lights on the front of the operator’s cab and at the outriggers. The engine bay now has lighting as do the ground control stations for outriggers and suspension. Other optional lighting includes high intensity work lights above the operator’s cab, lights that illuminate the walkways on the upper, a right-side, forward-facing high intensity work light and left and right high-intensity work lights mounted atop the upper to illuminate the swing area. Plus, remote-controlled single and dual boom floodlight options are available.

Albuquerque, NM-based Crane Service Inc. recently took delivery of a new Link-Belt ATC-3210 and has already seen the value in the new lighting package, according to Bob Warianka, business development manager.

While his company doesn’t do that much night work, he said it is becoming more prevalent. Warianka pointed to a recent job that involved the company’s ATC-3210 and ATC-3275 setting bridge girders at night.

“The contractor had the job lit up really well, with four light plants illuminating the work area of each crane,” he said.

While the crane’s lighting package isn’t really a factor in lighting up the worksite, it’s still a great convenience for rigging the crane.

Rigging asset

“The lights are really an asset when you are rigging the crane or setting it up in the early morning hours, or sometimes we will assemble a crane at night,” Warianka said. “We envision more crane companies offering better lighting packages in the future. I can see them being used on rough terrain cranes too.”

He said crawlers cranes would be the least likely cranes to be equipped with comprehensive lighting packages because the type of work they do at night generally involves a well-lit jobsite, and rigging a crawler is different than rigging a mobile crane.

“Tower cranes have lights on them,” said Warianka. “Tower cranes are sometimes on a job working 24 hours a day and two shifts. With mobile cranes, we can see a need for a lighting package for the short days of winter or when you want to keep working at dusk or during cloudy weather. These lights will also come in handy when doing concrete pours, like on a high-rise job. Sometimes concrete pours go into the night or start early in the morning. The lights you use on a crane will be job specific.”

Remote controls

In a few cases, Crane Service has provided lighting equipment, for instance when the crane might be grabbing on and needs to be tied to the load for a while.

He has been impressed with the remote-controlled lights on the new ATC-3210.

“The light on the boom can be operated by remote control so that you can actually rotate the light and spotlight something below the crane,” he said.

Rick Curnutte, product manager, telescopic truck and all-terrain cranes, Link-Belt, said the driving factor for the lighting package was lighting the jobsite, but for set up and tear down of the crane.

“People in our industry tell us what they want to see on a crane and we try to listen,” said Curnutte. “In order to beat traffic, cranes are being dispatched much earlier to the jobsite, and to be there in a timely manner, crews are often setting up the crane in the dark.”

Rigging a crane at night without big jobsite lighting systems means the crane owner will have to bring out his own lighting system. With a crane lighting package, the rigging is much easier.

Curnutte said that not having a lighting package makes it difficult to lay down mats and perform the ordinary challenges of rigging the crane in darkness.

Customer feedback has been positive, especially the remote control boom lights and the engine bay lights that allow the operator and rigger to check the oil and provide maintenance to the crane.

“There are lighting packages for looking down at loads on the boom and cab lighting, but I don’t think anyone has gone to the extent that Link-Belt has gone to,” Curnutte said.

While the new lighting package from Link-Belt has only been out for a few months, crane lighting has become a topic of discussion for customers, he said.

“It’s still early and there’s been a lot of discussion. How far we take it down the product line is going to depend on the demand we see. Definitely for the ATs it’s been a hit and the ATC-3275 will get the same lighting package as the ATC-3210. This idea definitely struck a chord when we showed it at ConExpo.”

Again, Curnutte stressed that Link-Belt’s goal with its crane lighting package is not to provide lighting for the jobsite lifting.

“There are some aspects of lighting we did that do benefit the jobsite, but you have to be cautious about using some of those lights during lifting because you have ground personnel who need to be able to look at the operator in the cab, and you don’t want the light affecting their vision or ability to see what they need to see. But generally, we feel like we’ve hit a home run with this lighting package.”

Author; D.Ann Shiffler

Source:

http://www.khl.com/magazines/american-cranes-and-transport/detail/item98603/A-bright-idea?source=breaking-news

Recent Use of Zoomlion Tower Cranes to Erect the Astana Expo 2017

With the recent Expo 2017 coming to Astana, Zoomlion placed and used multiple tower cranes to erect the pavilions main buildings.

The building has a diameter of 80m and a height of 100m, with pavilions of other countries evenly distributed around it in a ring shape.

Twelve large-tonnage Zoomlion tower cranes, seven Zoomlion truck cranes and one Zoomlion bulldozer have participated in the pavilion construction.  “Among which four Zoomlion D1100-63, the super-large tower cranes with the maximum hoisting capacity in the Central Asia,” said the manufacturer.

The D1100-63 is a new model of self-climbing tower crane, featuring superstructure slewing, double lifting points, level jib and horizontal trolleying. With a hoisting capacity of 9.8t at the 80m jib end, the tower crane adopts variable frequency stepless speed-regulating motor to significantly optimize the system’s running stability and improve positioning accuracy.  PLC (programmable logical controller) is used to control all actions.

The event will take place between June 10 and September 10, 2017.

This was the second time that Zoomlion has been involved in Expo construction, having helped to build the Chinese Pavilion in Expo 2015 Milano.

Zoomlion said: “The direct economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchanges between China and Kazakhstan are of far-reaching significance to promote the development of the “Belt and Road” [Chinese government-backed investment and trade strategy]. As a leading enterprise in the engineering machinery industry, Zoomlion has explored the market in Kazakhstan for over ten years, dedicated to efficiently helping the construction of local infrastructures.”

About the author: Crane Cafe is an organization connected to the crane industry to provide crane, crane operation and crane safety tips.

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.

Overhead Crane Hazards and Ways To Prevent Them

overhead crane hazards and their prevention

Hazards With Overhead Cranes and Their Prevention

Cranes are absolutely amazing machines. They have now become an essential part of all the industries. Overhead cranes, specifically are used in the manufacturing and construction industries. With machines, we need to be careful because any careless act can cause serious accidents and injuries. Similarly, there are hazards associated with overhead cranes as well. However, with proper planning and careful management, these hazards can be minimized. This article provides some excellent ways to prevent the dangers associated with overhead cranes.

Read the complete article to learn more about overhead crane dangers and how to prevent them!

Some Common Overhead Crane Hazards and Tips On How to Prevent Them

Preventing Crane Hazards: In any type of industry, the coming together of anticipation and pro-actively handling problems is something, which does result in greater success than just reactively responding to incidents. If an individual works in the world of construction and manufacturing, there are hazards always present at job sites, but with proper training and preparation ahead for them, a lot of issues can be prevented.

In order to keep all those involved safe, all operators and workers need to understand the most basic of all safety hazards, and how to recognize any of them right away. Please read on to learn more about the many potential risks that are a part of overhead cranes and the accompanying preventable measures.

Crane Overloading

When a crane exceeds over its operational capacity, it can also prove to be the very thing, which tends to cause about 80% of all crane accidents and structural failures as well. The overloading of the crane’s operational capacity is caused by some of the following:

  • The presence of swinging or a sudden dropping of any load
  • Any defective components
  • The hoisting of a load that is beyond its normal capacity
  • The dragging of a load
  • Whenever side-loading a boom

Any Materials Falling

One of the best ways to lessen the chance of any materials falling down from cranes is clear. It is to make sure to perform regular maintenance of hoists. An example of this is to do load testing maintenance to ensure that you know how many pounds a hoist can handle exactly. It also will provide an accurate indication of just how well the hoist is functioning currently. Another way to reduce the chance of mechanical failure is by performing inspections of the crane each day. If, and when, a potential problem is identified by the operators, they need to make sure to implement the lockout/tag-out procedure.

Here at TNT Crane Service, Inc., we always make sure to put safety and prevention first. It is our number one priority. Because of this fact, we ensure that all the machines we have are kept well maintained and up to date. What this does is ensures that you will be getting the most effective, as well as, the most reliable equipment that is available. Please view the equipment that we have on hand for sale or rental today. It may help you to find the crane that you require for your next major project coming up.

The complete article can be accessed by visiting the link here.