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November 22, 2021by elite0

With the proliferation of remote working, we’re seeing countless office blocks in all major cities across the United States being repurposed for limited usage. In response to this, many owners of office blocks are looking at converting their offices into apartments. This not only breathes new life into these spaces but also provides much-needed housing for the countless people struggling to afford renting out entire homes.

While some office blocks may already be easily converted, many will require a bit more work to turn the larger areas into multiple rooms or flats. Although, as these buildings are already constructed, moving large amounts of materials up the floors via stairs or elevators may not be efficient. As one of the leading Bay Area crane rental companies, we have several services available which can help you to achieve your conversion in a quick and efficient manner.

Here is how our services can help you to convert your office block into an apartment building.

Seismic Retrofitting

One of our more popular services as a Bay Area crane rental provider is seismic retrofitting to ensure the stability of the building during earthquakes. The danger of an earthquake around the San Andreas fault is very real, with the United States Geological Survey stating there is a 70% chance that one or more major earthquakes will occur before the year 2030. Seismic retrofitting your building before starting the conversion to an apartment block can not only protect your investment, but also the countless lives of those who occupy these spaces.

Engineering

Turning an office block into an apartment building will require a variety of heavy materials and pieces of equipment which may pose a threat to the structural capacity of the building. This is just one of many considerations that can be resolved by working alongside one of our engineers. Through their expertise and the apt use of both 2D and 3D Computer Assisted Drawing (CAD), they can help you to plan your conversion so it goes off without a hitch.

Shoring

With the necessity of the heavy machinery and materials which are needed on varying levels of a building while it’s being renovated, shoring can guarantee that the building stays upright while you work. Again this will not only protect your investment, but also any staff who are working on the building at the time.

Storage

As we’re talking about converting office buildings into apartment blocks, one can assume that this is undertaken in densely populated areas. This can limit the amount of materials and machinery which you can have on-site and may require the storage of certain elements as you go along. Storage by itself is helpful, but on top of that, it’s important to have people who know how to handle the machinery and materials too, so as to not damage them.

A popular service with most of our Bay Area crane rental clients, our convenient locations near the Port of San Francisco and Port of Stockton can service a range of areas.

Hauling

On top of storing your machinery and materials in a responsible manner within the convenient vicinity of the location, we can also offer hauling services to bring you what you need. As with storage, correct handling is of the utmost importance when it comes to hauling.

Cranes

Finally, the crème de la crème of our services, we have a variety of cranes and operators that can help with the rigging and hoisting of materials and equipment. Whether you simply need it lifted from the ground to one of the higher floors, or you need a roof-mounted one to extend the height of the building, we’ve got you covered.

Types of Crane

We have several different kinds of cranes which may be relevant to your project:

  • Lattice Boom Crane – also known as a crawler crane due to their tank-like treads, these are suitable for jobs with soft or uneven terrain. Capable of carrying 165 to 225 ton.
  • Hydraulic Truck Crane – these are more maneuverable than other crane types, and are ideal for loading and moving equipment onsite. Capable of carrying 22 to 90 ton.
  • All Terrain and Rough Terrain Cranes – somewhat irrelevant in a cityscape, these are purpose built for hard terrains. All terrain cranes can carry 200 to 500 ton, while rough terrain cranes can carry 10 to 70 ton.
  • Roof Mounted Cranes – perhaps one of the most relevant for converting an office into an apartment, as the name suggests these can be mounted on the roof. These can carry 30 or 50 ton.

We also have a variety of support equipment that will be useful in the use of a crane for your project, including:

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

To learn more about how we can help with your conversion, or any other project, check out our website or contact us today.


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July 13, 2021by Sheedy Crane0

An intrinsic problem that we as humans are having to face more and more is the reality that we are running out of desirable space. Many cities have overflowing populaces, forcing property prices through the roof and driving stiff competition. This is forcing more and more people to consider renting what they once may have bought. Many people who look up our crane rental services aren’t aware that we also offer the rental of bay area warehouse storage space.

While this may not be relevant to most modern businesses, especially those drop-shipping e-commerce businesses which are flooding the market, there are times when a rental warehouse may be just what your business needs. 

Here are some thoughts about when you should consider renting warehouse storage space.

To Get Out of Limbo

The economic instability caused by the recent pandemic has forced many businesses to completely reevaluate how they manage their production. In many instances, companies are having to downsize their warehouse storage spaces to free up vital funds. This has forced some businesses into a “limbo” state, having either been kicked out of their previous space, or struggling to find a new one to invest in. 

Renting warehouse storage space can alleviate concerns about the protection of not only products, but also any equipment which you may use. 

Maintain the Quality of Valuable Equipment

As previously stated, many companies have been affected by the economic fallout of the pandemic, and construction companies are no exception. Construction companies will often have tens of thousands of dollars in equipment which needs to be regularly cleaned, used, or maintained to ensure the quality. Even the slightest break or wear and tear on something like rigging equipment can result in monumental losses.

As one of the leading Bay Area crane rental companies, we know just how valuable certain pieces of equipment are. By renting warehouse storage space with us, you can be sure that your equipment is in safe hands. We can also load and haul equipment to your site when you need, saving you valuable time and money.

Free Up Funds for Business Growth

Many owners of warehouse spaces have realized that having that money tied up limits their ability to grow their business during times of hardship. By selling your current warehouse space and opting to rent for some time instead, you can free up funds which can be used for a variety of different business growth methods, including:

  • Expanding your market reach to other towns, counties, states, countries
  • Completely rebranding your product or company
  • Moving from physical stores to e-commerce

By doing so you may be able to buy back your original space in the future, or perhaps a larger space to accommodate for newly found success.

To Facilitate the Liquidation Process

A sad reality of the pandemic and ensuing economic chaos has been that many smaller companies simply can’t compete any longer with the giants. By renting warehouse storage space during the liquidation process you can free up funds that were otherwise invested in your original space. This can help you to facilitate the process and ensure that all parties receive their fair compensation.

To Purchase Equipment Prior to Needing It

It often goes in life that we get the opportunity to attain certain things prior to requiring them. Regardless of why you may wish to purchase equipment before you need it, the ability to store it can make it a worthwhile endeavor. If, for example, you manage to pick up some hauling equipment from a secondhand auction, and you have plans to start a hauling company, then you will need somewhere to store it all. 

Renting warehouse storage space can be perfect for those particularly specific situations in which we find ourselves with robust machinery and nowhere to put it.

Whatever the Reason, Call Us Today

Here at Sheedy Crane, not only do we offer crane rental services, we can also assist with seismic retrofitting, engineering, hauling, rigging, and shoring. On top of all of this, we also have two bay area warehouse storage spaces in which we offer out rental space. We have two convenient locations: our Corporate Headquarters in San Francisco, and our Central Valley Division at the Port of Stockton.

Corporate Headquarters – San Francisco

Our Corporate Headquarters are conveniently located near downtown San Francisco and the Port of San Francisco. It has over 7 acres of open storage space, with 1 acre of covered storage space. We can also offer electrical hook-ups at this facility.

Central Valley Division – Port of Stockton

This is a centralized location at the Port of Stockton with 2.5 acres of open storage and limited covered storage space.


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June 23, 2021by Sheedy Crane0

The wind is one of the biggest factors in the success of utilizing cranes during the construction or demolition of any buildings. There’s nothing worse for project managers or crane operators than having to stop work for the day due to the wind. This can occur at any time, regardless of what weather reports have indicated, so being ready is a must. If you’ve ever had to stop working because of a sudden increase in wind speeds, you know that it can be expensive as you may still have to pay crane operators. Having been in the Bay Area crane rental business for some time now, we’ve been able to come up with solutions for those windy days.

Here is how you can make a windy day productive for your crane operators and their respective staff.

How Windy is Too Windy?

Before deciding not to continue work due to an increase in wind speeds, it’s important to be absolutely sure that it is too windy. Often the safeness of wind levels is directly related to the crane specifications, as well as the type of work being carried out. Generally speaking, there are 5 categories which are used to determine wind speed and safety of operation, they are:

  • Very Calm / Still – Wind Speeds of 4.47mph or lower (< 1.99m/s)
  • Calm – Wind Speeds between 4.48mph and 11.16mph (2m/s – 4.99m/s)
  • Low – Wind Speeds between 11.17mph and 22.35mph (5m/s – 9.99m/s)
  • Medium / Caution – Wind Speeds between 22.36mph and 33.53mph (10m/s – 14.99m/s)
  • High / Risk – Wind Speeds above 33.54mph (> 15m/s)

Understanding these categories and how they relate to the specific task desired to be undertaken is the job of the crane operator. Crane safety in regards wind is not entirely defined by OSHA standards, but they do offer guidelines for operation of cranes and machinery during high wind periods.

Be sure to confer with them to ensure that you’re not being overly cautious, or overly risky. Either of these situations can be expensive mistakes, particularly in certain places such as the Bay Area. Crane rental insurance can be a lifesaver in these situations, as well as well-trained and experienced crane operators. 

Taking the Crane Out of Service

Whether the risk to the load is too high, or forecasts are indicating a rapid increase in wind speeds, there will be times you’ll be forced to take the crane out of service. This doesn’t have to be as disastrous as it sounds, and gives you and the crane operator time to organize and plan ahead.

Do Maintenance Checks

To keep your crane operator busy, especially while they’re on the clock, it can be helpful to task them some other jobs which can in turn still make the day productive. Ask them to perform any normal and alternative maintenance checks on the crane and all related equipment. This can help to ensure that any potential problems are identified in advance. These can be as simple as visual checks, looking for signs of wear and tear. Otherwise operational checks can be done to ensure all parts are functioning as they should.

Revise Lift Plan

With a sudden change in wind or weather conditions, your crane operator may need to rehaul their lift plan to accommodate for any changes in load size to suit increased wind speeds. The Lift plan will usually include:

  • Details about the load such as weight and size
  • The path of travel and any potential strike hazards
  • Who will be operating/involved in the lift and their responsibilities
  • The methods of communication during the lift

Revise Safety Procedures with Other Staff

One thing you can never do too much of is preparing for the variety of potentially dangerous scenarios that can occur around cranes. The potential problems are usually the same, such as:

  • The crane could fall over
  • The structure of the crane could fall
  • During the lift the boom of the crane could hit people, structures, or other things in its path
  • The crane operator or other workers could be electrocuted
  • Objects may fall from the load being lifted and hit people, structures, or other things
  • The load could be dropped

Bay Area Crane Rental

While you don’t want to scare your staff by bringing up such situations, it is important to remind them of what to do if any of them occurs. If you’ve been forced to take the crane out of service for a day then that may be a good time to revise and practice any safety procedures.

Whatever you’re building, we hope that the wind and weather is kind to your project. If you’re looking for a Bay Area crane rental company with experience, then look no further than Sheedy Crane. We have the experience required to ensure that your projects go swimmingly, contact us today!


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May 29, 2021by Sheedy Crane0

Sheedy Crane’s operators are NCCO certified. We pride ourselves on being a company that is not only historically been active in the development of the Bay Area but also one that continues to meet all of the necessary California crane regulations for safe and legal operation of cranes for any job!

California has developed the bulk of its laws around the qualification and certification of the crane operator. These laws are put in place to ensure that any crane operator you consider has the necessary skills to operate the crane to the best of their ability.

Here is a brief overview of the laws and regulations around crane operators.

Operator Training

Prior to allowing operation of equipment, the employer should train the operator-in-training through a combination of theoretical and practical training. This allows the trainee to operate the equipment safely according to limitations set in place by the law, as well as additional limitations established by the employer.

Necessary Information for Safe Operation

The operator-in-training needs to know the information necessary for the safe operation of the specific type of equipment to be operated. Including the following:

  • The controls and operational characteristics
  • Emergency control skills
  • The use of, and ability to calculate, load/capacity information on a variety of equipment
  • Procedures for preventing and responding to power line contact
  • Technical knowledge of the subject matter criteria listed in 29 CFR 1926, Subpart CC, Appendix C applicable to the equipment to be operated
  • Technical knowledge applicable to the suitability of the supporting ground and service to handle expected loads, site access, and site hazards

Operator Certification Criteria

The employer must only permit operators who have a valid certificate of competency issued by an Accredited Certifying Entity for the type of crane to be used. Certificates will be issued to operators who:

  • Pass a physical examination conducted by a physician. This should at a minimum include the criteria specified in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) B30.5-2000 standard, Chapter 5-3.1.2(a)(1-5, 7, 8). Or the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) requirements contained in 49 CFR Sections 391.41 through 391.49.
  • Pass a substance abuse test consistent with the standard practice for the industry where the crane is in use. The test needs to be conducted by a recognized laboratory service.
  • Pass a written examination which is in accordance with the best industry practices.
  • The individual knows the necessary information for safe operation of the specific type of equipment to be operated, including all necessary information for safe operation (see above).
  • Pass a “hands-on” examination to demonstrate proficiency in operating the specific type of crane. Including the ability to recognize items listed in Section 1613.4; operational and maneuvering skills, application of load chard information, and application of safe shut-down and securing procedures.

The Crane Unit

The Crane Unit is responsible under Labor Code sections 7370-7384 for certifying agencies and issuing permits for tower crane use.

Certifying Agencies

Licensing certifying agencies are used to inspect and certify cranes and derricks exceeding three tons rated capacity. Check the online crane certifier accreditation database to determine whether a particular company is licensed, or to find a crane certifier in a particular area.

Tower Crane Permits

The Crane Unit issues permits to erect tower cranes and permits to operate them to ensure the following:

  • The erection, climbing, operation, and dismantling of tower cranes safely
  • Crane operators and employers are aware of all applicable Title 8 safety orders. Also the crane manufacturer’s recommended practices prior to the erection and operation of a tower crane.
  • Crane employers understand that they must notify the Crane Unit when a fixed tower crane will be climbed, begin operation, or be dismantled. Also when a mobile tower crane will be operated at different locations.

Inspections

The Crane Unit also conducts periodic inspections of tower cranes. Provides support to Cal/OSHA Enforcement district offices regarding crane safety, and conducting research into the cause of crane accidents in California.

Required Notifications to the Crane Unit

Crane and derrick certifiers must report deficiencies affecting the safe operation of a crane during the course of any certification inspection within 5 working days after the test date.

California Crane Regulation: Experienced Crane Rental

If you’re looking for a crane rental company with experience in the safe operation and utilization of cranes, then look no further. Here at Sheedy Cranes we pride ourselves on the success of all our clients who have utilized our Bay Area crane rental services. For more information about renting cranes, or our other services, get in touch today.


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March 25, 2021by Sheedy Crane0

When you picture a city what generally comes to mind is the skyline. A row of tall buildings representing the most successful companies and individuals of that area. Where would that skyline be if not for the mighty crane and it’s crane operator? Cranes are highly complex pieces of machinery which require a serious amount of training to operate. While crane operator isn’t going to be the number 1 most sought-after job, it is attractive to those interested in engineering. There is always a need for Bay area crane operators; the region is always under development

Hiring a new staff member for any role can be a painstaking exercise, from filtering through the applicants to interviewing them individually. Here at Sheedy, being one of the major Bay Area crane rental providers, we have experience with crane operators and know which qualities to look for. 

Discipline

As one can imagine, sitting alone for extended periods of time in a confined space many feet above the ground can be unnerving. A good Bay area crane operator will be able to stay in that space while remaining attentive and focused on the task at hand.

The crane operator’s life should also be a fairly calm one, if your operator is going out after work every night then you will start to worry about how they work in the mornings. Not to say that an operator can’t have fun, just that they should know when to have fun and how to have fun without letting it affect their work. 

Distraction can spell disaster when operating a crane, so if a potential operator shows traits of becoming easily distracted they may not be right for the job.

Dexterity

Manual dexterity or having good hand-eye coordination is another integral element in operating cranes. The movement that translates from the levers in the control room to the movement of the crane is exponential. Being able to work the delicate controls while concurrently looking ahead to where you’re moving the crane is a constant part of the job.

Beyond the control room, the operator should also be comfortable getting up and down the crane efficiently. Also they should be able to climb on to various parts of the crane for any necessary maintenance or repairs.

Checking someone’s dexterity can only really be done in person, and there are several ways which one can do so. Try coming up with your own innovative dexterity test as part of the interview process.

Critical Thinking

Undeniably important in every job imaginable, and in life in general. Critical thinking goes beyond blindly questioning everything as your conspiracy-crazy relatives may have you believe.

The true value lies in problem-solving and the ability to shift perceptions. This comes in handy with crane operation in that the unexpected can and will always happen.

Freaking out about something unexpected while in the control room of a crane is not ideal, and can be catastrophic. An apt critical-thinker will be able to respond to problems with viable solutions in real-time.

Measuring critical thinking is almost impossible, as many people have learned to feign it. As with the dexterity test, giving the example of a work-related problem can be a good way to see someone’s critical thinking. 

Communication

While there is a degree of planning that goes into each day of working with a crane, constant communication is still key. Being able to understand, and report information is another necessary skill for life, and is especially important in crane operation. In fact, if someone shows excellent critical thinking, but terrible communication, then that critical thinking will count for nothing.

Good communication not only means knowing when to speak, but also when not to speak. If someone is constantly talking through the radio then that can lead to distractions on the rest of the site.

You will be able to gauge this from your (or your HR’s) interaction with them throughout the application process. 

Qualification/Certification

Although it may seem obvious, ensure that any potential crane operators have the correct necessary qualifications to do the job. The modern job marketplace is cut-throat, and the scarcity has born opportunists who will embellish their ability to gain a job.

The classic movie Catch Me If You Can is a great example of charisma outshining legitimacy. Although thankfully these days checking how legitimate something is has become much easier.

These shouldn’t be the only qualities you look for in a Bay area crane operator, nor should a crane operator be the only role you’re looking for these qualities in. Trust the judgement of those around you as well as your own gut instinct, and make sure to double check their certification. 

For all your Bay Area crane rental and rigging requirements, contact us today!