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June 23, 2021by elite0

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. 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

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 Cranes. We have the experience required to ensure that your projects go swimmingly. 


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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 the guidelines, regulations, and laws of the state of California.

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.

Bay Area 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 Bar 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. The pay can also be quite lucrative, which can also attract the less competent. 

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 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 cocurrently 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 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, get in contact with us today.


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November 9, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

This year marks a milestone for the crane rental industry: the 25th anniversary of the founding of the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators.

Commonly referred to as the NCCCO, this independent, not-for-profit organization administers a nationwide training and certification program for crane operators.

Since 1996, the NCCCO has worked with our industry to create courses and standards that reflect safety and practical knowledge requirements for crane operators.

Read on to learn why NCCCO certification is an important consideration for anyone searching for a Bay Area crane rental.

What does NCCCO certification mean?

NCCCO certifications cover all sorts of cranes — tower, boom truck, etc. — and accreditation for not only operators, but people in related positions such as signal persons and riggers.

These certification programs are formally recognized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), making them a crucial component of any operator’s training, as they help ensure a safe work environment. In fact, OSHA now requires crane certifications to come from recognized partners such as NCCCO.

In addition to OSHA, NCCCO also works closely with a number of other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, Department of Education, Department of Energy, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

NCCCO programs also meet the ASME B30 standards set by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

According to the NCCCO, the organization has overseen more than 1.5 million exams and issued more than 425,000 certifications nationwide, which means a substantial number of load handling professionals have the proper training and qualifications.

The benefits of a NCCCO-certified Bay Area crane rental

NCCCO certification provides several benefits, including:

  • Lower risk of loss
  • Fewer accidents
  • More consistent training
  • More opportunities for people who work with load handling equipment
  • Peace of mind for both people in the industry and the general public that load handling equipment workers have the proper training.

NCCCO has the support of a diverse group of industries that use load-handling equipment, including construction, energy, equipment rental, automotive and petrochemicals.

These programs are national in scope, operated by a private nonprofit and independent of labor relations policies.

NCCCO programs are tailored to different varieties of load-handling equipment activities, and accredited by the American National Standards, a nationally-recognized authority for professional credentialing.

Professional, NCCCO-certified Bay Area crane operators from Sheedy Crane

If you have a job that requires crane operators in the Bay Area and need to know you’re hiring NCCCO-certified professionals, look no further than Sheedy Crane.

We have a diverse and modern fleet of mobile and speciality cranes, all owned by Sheedy and operated by NCCCO-certified operators and maintained by our in-house maintenance shop.

Our cranes include:

  • All-terrain cranes
  • Lattice boom cranes
  • Hydraulic truck cranes
  • Rough terrain cranes
  • Roof-mounted cranes

We can also provide auxiliary and support equipment such as crane mats, man-baskets, flying job, pallet forks and debris boxes.

Sheedy would be more than happy to send one of our estimators to your job site or office to help plan and price your Bay Area crane rental.


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October 15, 2020by Sheedy Crane0

First developed in the 1970s, seismic base isolation is a retrofitting technique that gives buildings the flexibility to stand up against the lateral forces of an earthquake.

When positioned against a load-bearing column of a building or bridge, base isolators act like large motor mounts, absorbing the impact of seismic events and thus lowering the seismic forces transmitted through the structure.

It’s a popular practice in several countries, including China, New Zealand and a number of South American nations. In Turkey — where earthquakes are common and often deadly — officials have undertaken a $13.6 billion project to build new hospitals using seismic base isolation.

In America, seismic retrofitting hasn’t been quite as popular. But it’s something building owners should consider, particularly in the Bay Area.

In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of seismic base isolation in the Bay Area and discuss how Sheedy Crane has been involved in some of the region’s most high-profile seismic retrofitting projects.

Why Should We Invest in Bay Area Seismic Retrofitting?

The key reason for investing in seismic retrofitting is safety. By making your building more durable in the face of earthquake damage, you’re keeping your employees, customers and visitors safer.

You’ll also be protecting the investment you’ve made in your building and business. The cost of making repairs following an earthquake is substantially greater than the cost of a Bay Area seismic retrofitting project.

And if earthquake damage renders your building uninhabitable, you’ll not only have to worry about the cost of repairs, you might find yourself searching for a temporary space and paying for those costs as well as any normal businesses expenses.

Bay Area Seismic Retrofitting from Sheedy Crane

Although we’ve made a name for ourselves as a leader in cranes and hauling, Sheedy Crane is also an expert provider of seismic retrofitting.

We have been instrumental parts of several key Bay Area seismic retrofit projects, including San Francisco’s City Hall, the largest building in the world ever upgraded with seismic base isolators. We also installed what were — at the time — the largest friction pendulum isolators on the Benicia-Martinez Bridge.

Some of our other projects include:

  • Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena, CA. Completed in April 2007, this project involved the installation of 238 friction pendulum isolators, column loads up to 450 tons.
  • Oakland City Hall, Oakland, CA. Completed in 1994, this project involved the installation of 113 isolators, column loads up to 1,900 tons.
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Long Beach, CA. Completed in November 1994, it involved the installation of 113 isolators, column loads up to 1,900 tons
  • UCLA’s Kerkhoff Hall, Los Angeles. This project, which concluded in December 1995, involved the installation of 128 isolators and 36 sliders, column loads up to 281 tons
  • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. This project was completed in May 2002, with the installation of 196 rubberized isolators. Column loads up to 600 tons

When you work with Sheedy, you’ll get:

  • Complete column base isolator, slider, and flat-jack installation services
  • Column isolation, temporary support, jacking system installation, and load transfer engineering
  • Complete project management and engineering services performed directly by Sheedy Drayage Co. personnel

Contact us today to learn more about our Bay Area seismic retrofitting services.