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October 29, 2021by elite0

Whether you’re looking to undertake a seismic retrofit on an older building, or build a completely new high rise, you’ll need to find a crane rental company. While it may be easier to buy certain pieces of technology for such jobs, the cost of a crane may be comparable to the cost of the whole project itself. So knowing what to look for in a crane rental company is a must.

Due to the sheer size of your average crane, it’s clear that there need to be many safety regulations in place to protect operators, on-site staff, nearby civilians, and all public and private property in the vicinity. Although this is just one of many nuances to crane operation and management which a good rental company should be on top of. As a leading Bay Area crane rental company, we pride ourselves on embodying all of these aspects, and hope this information can be relevant to those in other places.

Here is an overview of all the aspects of a crane rental company you should look for.

Health and Safety

As previously mentioned, the health and safety procedures that a crane rental company undertakes are of the utmost importance, as it relates to the health and lives of countless people. According to the Center of Fatal Occupational Injuries, there are on average roughly 44 crane-related deaths each year. With California ranking in the top 5 states for the most crane-related injuries, we believe that every Bay Area crane rental company should put safety first.

There are many different elements which make up the health and safety procedures of crane operations. From the crane itself and any equipment that may come with it, to the operator whether they’re in-house or hired separately.

Crane

First and foremost, any and all cranes which a crane rental company can offer should be built according to the strict regulation which ensures their safety. On top of this they should all be maintained regularly, abiding by both State and Federal regulation. All cranes should be inspected, as well as each component being used, by both in-house and official inspectors acting on behalf of State or Federal regulation. The same consideration of regulation, maintenance, and inspection should be applied to all equipment hired with the crane.

Operator Procedure

Whether you’re hiring a crane operator separately, or hiring one with your crane rental service, they should be completely qualified with all certification required of them. On top of this they should be confident in answering any procedural questions you may have. You should also be able to work with them to ensure the tasks are undertaken in the safest way first, then considering such things as efficiency.

Experience and Reputation

Once you’ve confirmed the company you’re considering has good safety regulations, the next consideration should be their experience and reputation. These are important as, even if they claim to abide by all safety regulations, in practice they may cut corners and risk harm to people or property.

Experience

An experienced crane rental company will know exactly what your job requires, and will be able to guide you through the project with ease. This is integral, especially in those projects where the project manager may not have much or any experience with cranes. Those experienced in operating cranes will know all of the good or bad signs which can define the safety or success of certain rigging or hoisting tasks. You should look for a company with at least 10 years of experience, although some can have more than 50, so be sure to go with those that are more experienced.

Sheedy Cranes has been operating as a Bay Area crane rental service for 85 years now.

Reputation

Testimonials can help us determine the legitimacy of such things as experience, as well as safety in practice, as they are first-hand accounts of working alongside the company in question. With younger crane rental companies you may wish to seek out recent clients and speak with them directly to get an idea of how they helped the project come to life. Whereas with older companies you may find it easier to simply visit some of their completed buildings to see how they’ve faced the test of time.

Other Aspects

These are the defining aspects which will make or break your project, and should be the major considerations when deciding on a crane rental company. Although there are a few other elements which you may wish to investigate, including:

  • Responsiveness – communication is key when it comes to such projects, so their responsiveness can be indicative of their communication abilities.
  • Time Management – as with communication, timeliness is integral to the efficacy and efficiency of a project.

Equipment – not only having the equipment necessary, but having alternatives is a must when it comes to crane companies, as every project is vastly different.


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September 22, 2021by Sheedy Crane0

It’s hard to think of what our cities would look like if we hadn’t invented cranes. The skyscrapers which make up the businesses and apartments of our modern cities allow us to utilize minimal space for maximum occupancy. Although building skyscrapers aren’t the only use for cranes and crane services. As a leading provider of Bay Area crane crane services and rental, we would like to demystify the services we provide. This can allow those who are wondering whether they can utilize our services to understand how we can help.

Here is a brief overview of the various crane services explained in Layman’s terms.

Crane Rental

As previously mentioned, cranes have been integral in the vertical development of all major cities around the world. Renting a crane allows you to get what you need out of the crane, without having to worry about the upkeep. There are several kinds of cranes which can be relevant in different situations: all terrain cranes, rough terrain cranes, lattice boom cranes, hydraulic truck cranes, and roof mounted cranes.

All Terrain Cranes

As the name would suggest, these are generally the most versatile cranes which can be used in a variety of environments. Due to their versatility they are ideal for a variety of different jobs, and can lift between 200 to 500 tons.

Rough Terrain Cranes

Similar to the all-terrain, rough terrain cranes are purpose built for off-roading in challenging conditions such as mud and snow. They can lift between 10 to 70 tons making them ideal for smaller jobs in tougher environments.

Lattice Boom Cranes

These look similar to generic cranes, and are ideal for moving heavy things around a site. A lattice boom crane can typically lift 165 to 225 tons.

Hydraulic Truck Cranes

Although they look like something that was drawn in a 4th grade class, the hydraulic truck crane is a versatile and functional crane. These kinds of cranes can be moved closer to buildings for lifting and hoisting, and can generally lift 22 to 90 tons.

Roof-Mounted Cranes

As the name suggests, these cranes are mounted on the roofs of buildings to allow lifting to a much higher level. This can be relevant for a few different scenarios, although for building high-rises and skyscrapers these are unbeatable. They can generally lift 30 ton or 50 tons, depending on the type.

Support Equipment

If you’ve ever worked on site with a crane, you’ll know that they have a variety of auxiliary equipment to broaden their practicality. These include:

  • Crane mats
  • Debris boxes
  • Flying jib
  • Man-baskets
  • Pallet forks
  • Spreader bars
  • Weights and load test equipment
  • 100 – 800 ton hydraulic gantries

As a Bay Area crane rental company we are more than happy to answer any questions you have about cranes or equipment so feel free to get in touch.

Heavy Lifting and Specialty Rigging

If you need to move heavy equipment around but don’t necessarily need a crane on-site, then you may consider heavy lifting/rigging services. This is achieved utilizing:

  • A-frames
  • Cranes 10-500 ton
  • Hydraulic gantries
  • Hydraulic locking collar jacks 55 – 550 tons
  • Hydraulic platform trailers
  • Hydraulic skid systems

Heavy Hauling & Specialized Hauling

Moving heavy equipment across town, let alone cross country, can be a mission in itself. Not only will you need a vehicle strong enough to carry the load efficiently, there are other elements which are imperative. Such things as:

  • Pilot car support
  • Police escort coordination
  • Railcar cargo tie-down and securing
  • Railcar cleaning
  • Route / site surveys
  • Transportation engineering services
  • Transportation feasibility studies
  • Transportation permit procurement
  • Transportation project management

Shoring

Whether your project is big or small, structural shoring can assist you in adding additional floors, working on the foundation, or during demolition. Ensure any shoring services you utilize have full turnkey design, and can help with fabrication, installation, and removal or structural shoring.

Storage

In between projects you may have large equipment which needs to be stored carefully and maintained over time. Warehousing and storage services should include options to have both indoor and outdoor storage for different devices. As well as maintenance services for those pieces of equipment which need constant upkeep.

Seismic Retrofitting

Especially important so close to the San Andreas fault, seismic retrofitting allows you to prepare buildings for seismic activity through the addition of various braces and support structures.

These services you should expect from seismic retrofitters include:

  • Complete project management and engineering services
  • Column isolation, temporary support, jacking system installation, and load transfer engineering.
  • Complete column base isolator, slider, and flat-jack installation services

If you’re looking for Bay Area crane services, or any of the above services, look no further than our team at Sheedy Crane. We look forward to hearing from you, and helping with your large-scale needs.


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August 24, 2021by Sheedy Crane0

The San Francisco bay area is no stranger to seismic activity, thanks to the Hayward-Rodgers Creek fault system and the San Andreas fault system. The great earthquake of 1906 is still fresh in the memories of many San Fran citizens, and it still remains to be the deadliest earthquake in the history of the USA. It’s no wonder then that many buildings now utilize seismic retrofitting to ensure the safety of those in and around the building, as well as maintaining the integrity of the building. 

It seems that each year we’re reminded of the powerful nature of our planet, and the fact that it can very easily shake us off at any given moment. As an experienced provider of seismic retrofitting in the Bay Area, we know that natural conditions like quakes and wind can be costly to fix. That’s why we believe that seismic retrofitting is a must for any buildings which are expected to last longer than a decade in San Francisco.

Here is how seismic retrofitting can help keep your building/s upright.

How Do Earthquakes Cause Damage?

Before looking at how seismic retrofitting works, it can help to understand how an earthquake damages buildings in the first place. There are several different ways in which earthquakes can cause damage, which includes: ground shaking, surface rupture and ground displacement, liquefaction, landslides, tsunamis, and fires. 

Ground Shaking

Ground shaking is the most common cause of damage to buildings by earthquakes, as the movement goes against the rigid engineering which holds the structure up. It typically causes structural failure in most buildings, and can also lead to liquefaction and landslides which can lead to other issues.

Surface Rupture and Ground Displacement

While these don’t happen as often, they can cause monumental damage. Typically caused by horizontal or vertical movement on either side of a ruptured fault, surface rupture can cause ground displacement which can not only affect buildings, but roads, railways, and pipelines too. 

Liquefaction

Often caused by ground shaking, liquefaction is when soil begins to act like a liquid due to an earthquake. It usually only occurs when a saturated or partially saturated soil substantially loses strength and stiffness in response to an applied stress such as shaking during an earthquake. This can cause buildings and infrastructure to seemingly sink into the earth or dissolve, due to the lack of solid ground for the foundation to function properly. 

Landslides

While this may not be a concern to those who don’t live near mountains or cliffs, landslides can have devastating effects on buildings, typically flattening them and all else in their path. As with earthquakes, San Francisco is one of the most prone areas in the United States for landslides. Check out this document from the Association of Bay Area Governments to learn more about where they can occur.

Fires

Typically caused by damage to electrical systems in buildings and infrastructure, fires are a common problem during and after earthquakes. Although we’ve been fighting back against this problem for longer, more safety procedures and technology-oriented solutions are in place, and most buildings are already well-equipped to combat a fire.

How Does Seismic Retrofitting Help?

Now that we know all the different ways in which an earthquake can bring a building down, let’s look at what we can do to keep that building up. Seismic retrofitting is the modification of existing structures to make them more resistant to seismic activity, ground motion, or liquefaction. These retrofit techniques have also proven to be effective in combating cyclones, tornadoes, and severe wind caused by thunderstorms. 

Seismic Retrofitting Strategies

The elements which make up seismic retrofitting work together to ensure that as many bases are covered as possible. These strategies include:

  • Strengthening the building to increase the global capacity by adding cross braces or new structural walls
  • The use of base isolation systems and supplementary damping to reduce the seismic demand
  • Increase the local capacity of individual structural components
  • Selective weakening retrofit
  • Allowing sliding connections to accommodate additional movement between seismically independent structures
  • Adding seismic friction dampers to add damping and a precise amount of additional stiffness

Bay Area Seismic Retrofitting

If the technical jargon in the last part of this article gave you a much-needed education on seismic retrofitting, then perhaps you’d benefit from working with our team at Sheedy Crane to explain and implement seismic retrofitting on your building. Not only are we a trusted provider of Bay Area seismic retrofitting, we’ve also provided retrofitted well-known buildings such as the Pasadena City Hall and the Martin Luther King Civic Centre.


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September 15, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

When it comes to cranes, businesses are often faced with an important question: do we buy or do we rent?

It’s a big question, particularly for companies trying to manage a tight budget. In that case, here are five reasons why renting a crane might make more sense.

  1. Savings

If your company has years’ worth of construction projects on its docket, then buying a crane makes good financial sense.

But if you only anticipate needing a crane intermittently — maybe once or twice a year — then renting a crane is going to provide you substantial savings on maintenance, repairs training and storage, as well as the need to come up with a down payment.

You’ll also save on insurance costs when you opt for Bay Area crane rental, as renting puts the burden of insurance costs on the rental company. If you do have to pay an insurance premium, it would only last as long as you’re renting the crane.

Finally, you’ll save on transportation costs, as getting the crane to and from your site is typically the job of the rental company.

  1. Access to the latest technology

If you buy a crane, it’s going to depreciate. That’s just how machinery works. But when you rent a crane, you’ll likely be renting machinery that uses the newest technology, allowing you to work with greater efficiency without worrying about depreciation.

  1. Increased safety

When you rent a crane, you’ll know that you’re working with the right equipment for the job, which helps prevent employee injuries and reduces accidents, which in turn reduces downtime.

  1. Expertise and equipment

You may not have anyone on your staff who is equipped to operate a crane. And training someone to do that job might take more time and money than you want to spend.

But with a Bay Area crane rental service, you’ll be able to rent a crane manned by a qualified operator, giving you peace of mind that your machinery is being handled safely.

Renting is also a good option for companies that might need more than one specialized piece of machinery to complete a job. Rather than spending money on equipment you might never need again, you can just rent different machines as needed.

  1. Less maintenance

If you buy a crane, you might need to spend months getting an employee trained to repair and inspect your new equipment. But with crane rental, you’ll spend less time — and less money — dealing with maintenance and repairs.

Bay Area crane rental from Sheedy Crane

Are you searching for Bay Area crane rental for your next project? Turn to Sheedy Crane. We have an extensive, modern collection of mobile and speciality cranes available for rent.

We own all of our equipment and our cranes are operated by NCCCO-certified operators and maintained in-house.

We would be delighted to have one of our estimators visit your site or office to help you plan your crane rental and rigging requirements. Contact us today to learn more.


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April 9, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

Construction is Not a One-Size-Fits-All Solution

When it comes to doing good work and planning a successful lift or job, deciding which equipment you should use is a high priority. Many OSHA violations and jobsite accidents can come from the fact that a worker or operator has erroneously decided to solve a problem using the wrong equipment. This can be something as simple as using a winch to lift something far too heavy for the load bearing capacity. Two common pieces of equipment that serve similar functions are the “boom truck” and crane. The only real question is, when should you use each?

What is a Boom Truck?

If you have worked in construction, it seems to be a silly question to ask. However, the term boom truck is often used interchangeably for several mobile vehicles with lifting capabilities. Basically, any vehicle that can move and has a crane atop it can be considered a boom truck.

Best Jobs for Boom Trucks

The biggest advantage that boom trucks have is that they can maneuver quite easily around a jobsite. Construction workers know that regardless of how well laid the plans are for a job site, as well as lift planning, a construction site is still a hectic place to get around in. If it wasn’t, OSHA would not be so strict on safety protocols involving personnel wandering around the lift area.

While a boom truck can lift heavy loads of several tons with stability, it’s not the prime choice of machinery to use with heavy duty lifting. The chief benefit of using a boom truck is the versatility it offers in handling a variety of smaller jobs around the site. A lot of times, equipment or materials need to be hoisted onto an elevated part of the jobsite, and a boom truck can very efficiently handle this task.

A cherry picker is a great example of a type of boom truck which has a loading basket fastened to it. This is a crucial tool for maintenance workers who often need to stop and go to various places and reach inaccessible heights.

When Should You Rent a Crane?

Cranes are best utilized for lifting extremely heavy loads which will require counterbalancing and more stability than a truck can offer. The vast majority of sites will require a mobile crane instead of the many other types of specialty cranes. Mobile cranes are most often used for moving equipment and materials that are too heavy for a boom truck or other smaller equipment to move.

There are many different steps involved in a successful construction job. When you think of a construction site the first thing you may think of is a crane. However, newly hired construction workers are surprised to find out that using a crane is only a small part of doing a majority of jobs. Before that time comes, there is a lot of planning, resource allocation, and set up involved at the site. Smaller equipment such as boom trucks can help facilitate that process and speed it up.

It is for this reason that companies like us at Sheedy Crane provide our cranes for rental. Ultimately, businesses operate on fine margins and are always looking for cost-effective solutions. While access to a crane is critical for completing many if not most big jobs, you will find it is much more effective to simply rent the crane for the period in which you actually need it.

This puts an even greater importance on planning your lifts and project management.

Bay Area Crane Rental

A crane is an essential piece of equipment in construction work. While there are many different tools and equipment available to do similar jobs, it is an irreplaceable aspect of getting things done on site. Whether using a boom truck or a dedicated crane, they are the prevailing tool for resource allocation and site management that allows projects to go smoothly, and safely.

Contact Sheedy Crane for all of your crane rental needs.