How Crane Haulage Improves Job Sites
Moving heavy vehicles from one location to another requires proper crane haulage gear. Heavy haulage usually means hauling large machines such as cranes at a speed of about 40 mph or less on public roads. Tower cranes are broken down into 10 to 12 parts when being transported and then assembled at the site. Here are things to consider when deciding on using crane haulage for your project.
Important Considerations Before Crane Haulage
- know federal and state Department of Transportation requirements
- be aware of load limits for roads and bridges
- understand when and how to reduce crane weight
How Cranes are Stored and Transported
While smaller mobile cranes are usually stored in industrial zone crane yards, large tower cranes are likely to be stored indoors and broken down into components.The largest tower cranes are several hundred feet tall, so it's unsafe to transport them when completely assembled. The disassembled pieces are designed to fit onto trailer platforms and hauled by large trucks. Rough terrain cranes are transported on a carrier.
Mobile cranes usually operate like trucks and do not need additional assistance in getting from point to A to B. But any vehicle on the road must meet registration requirements. A mobile crane operator must also make sure that legs and arms of the crane are locked in place and provide proper clearance. There cannot be any loose components that can potentially fly off onto the roadway.
The most important measurements to know about crane haulage are weight and dimensions. When hauling a boom you'll need counter weights lying beneath it for stability. It can take over a dozen trucks to haul all the crane components. The boom must be level and secure at all times during the transport. Following crane haulage, these machines can be constructed by smaller telescopic cranes on the job site.
Proactive Safety Measures
In order to operate a crane properly and reduce chances of malfunction, the operator needs to read the crane manufacturer's manual. The crane should be completely inspected prior to any project to make sure that it's in safe operating condition. The task of crane haulage should not put any individuals at risk of injury. If the operator pays close attention to preliminary details such as load capacity, the transport should go smoothly.
Contact us at Southwest Industrial Rigging by calling (602) 278-6281 to learn more about how we can help you with efficient crane hauling to your job site.