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February 20, 2020by elite0

As you might imagine, being able to lift, suspend and move heavy loads with precision is required by most construction projects and worksites. Whether you need to move materials to their proper places or you need to place objects accordingly, a qualified and skilled crane operator can not only make sure that the project goes efficiently and quickly, but also that there are no damages or mistakes that can result in safety concerns.

That being said, what qualifications should a crane operator have, and in what circumstances do they need certifications?

Crane Operator Qualifications

In November 10, 2018, crane operators were required by OSHA to be certified by an accredited certifying body. Testing is completed not just on written and practical testing, but by equipment capacity and type of equipment used. It is no longer sufficient by modern safety standards to have general certifications for crane operations. There are conditions and stipulations for crane operations that were long overdue.

A good analogy is like getting a driver’s license, you are certified to drive on the road under general conditions but your license doesn’t truly specify what your skillset is. Not all drivers are created equal, not everyone can drive as well on the highway as they can locally—and vice versa.

Operating a crane is a similar ordeal, just because an operator has experience with tower cranes does not speak to his or her skills with operating a mobile crane or a boom truck which all require different skill sets.

Consider all of the things a good crane operator needs to possess:

  • Proper knowledge of load-bearing and physics regarding suspended objects
  • Satisfactory depth perception
  • Ability to work in high places
  • Clear communication skills

Can A Crane Be Operated Without Certifications?

A crane can in fact be operated without certifications, but there are certain conditions that must be met. OSHA has a rule by which any operator who is not certified can operate a crane if they can be classified as an operator in training. Additionally, the operator in training must be supervised by an operator’s trainer. This is under the assumption that the operator has been sufficiently trained to do the task despite lacking certifications. There are also limitations on what types of lifts the unlicensed operator can perform.

However, it is assumed that these protocols are there to allow for some on the job training or for emergencies where a crane must be operated for basic purposes.

San Francisco Bay Area Crane Rental Company

The point of this all is to say, why take a chance? Hire an experienced crane operator to do your work. All of our crane rentals at Sheedy Crane come with an NCCO certified operator to operate the crane to fulfill any and all needs you may have.

We have helped a variety of industries with their load transferring needs such as electrical equipment, disaster, and emergency support, power plants, trees and landscaping, and many more. All-terrain cranes, lattice boom cranes, hydraulic truck cranes, rough terrain cranes, roof-mounted cranes, we provide the equipment necessary for any job.

Contact Sheedy Crane today for any upcoming projects you have which require the use of a crane, heavy hauling and rigging.


January 16, 2020by elite0

Hiring a contractor is both a sigh of relief and a need that can be difficult to address amid budget concerns. In a way every budget is tight, most companies operate on very tight margins and are wary about any additional expenditures. When it comes to hiring a crane rental company, there are 3 questions you want to ask yourself about the rental.

Does the Crane Rental Meet the Budget Requirements?

It goes without saying that before you can start browsing for services, you’ll need to know how much you’re looking to spend. Some rental services can be exceedingly expensive by virtue of the fact that they are booked up or that they lend specialty machinery that warrants additional costs.

A good crane rental company will work within your budget and give you reasonable estimates on jobs. Sometimes companies with brand new equipment will ask for more money to recoup some of those costs, but consider also that sometimes new equipment lends greater efficiency to operators. Jobs may take less time and thus less labor hours billed. These are things you should be on the lookout for when renting a crane from a company.

Is the Crane Rental Company Experienced?

You would think that all crane rental companies met a certain level of expertise, but as with all industries there are the best of the best and those who barely get the job done. Seek out a crane company that has had ample experience to fine tune their methods and deliver the best results.

Sheedy Crane has been operating in the Bay Area for more than 95 years! We have overseen much of the construction and economic growth of the Bay Area through our operations and jobs we’ve been assigned. All of our crane operators are NCCO certified so you will always have a qualified operator when renting through us.

What is their Safety Track Record?

Unfortunately, mistakes happen—but you don’t want them to happen when using a crane. This can be prevented by not only hiring an experienced crane rental company that has certified operators but it helps when the company you’re hiring is providing those operators.

Not all crane rental companies provide their own operators as part of the package so this is an important factor. The benefit of working with a crane rental company that supplies the operator is that they are going to be familiar with their roster of operators and understand what kind of work they are good at. Proper skill allocation is paramount to bolstering safety records.

For example, if you hire Sheedy Crane for a job, we’ll be more than happy to send a surveyor out to the site to acquire estimates. This will also be a great way to obtain information about the site to our operators so we can get a read on the job site to anticipate any possible obstacles.

Bay Area Crane Rental

Construction in the Bay Area has always been a given, with such limited space for new construction there is always demolition and renovations occurring which necessitate the careful use of crane services, structural shoring, and much more.

These conditions are what Sheedy Crane excels in. There aren’t many companies that understand this area better than us, contact us today so we can assist you in getting started on any new projects that are upcoming.


December 27, 2019by elite0

Running a business is difficult, even more difficult is the scaling of that business when success comes to you. Many businesses fail but for those that do succeed, new problems crop up! While no one will feel sorry for you for having “good” problems, that doesn’t provide solutions. Thankfully, we deal in solutions, and one of those solutions that we provide relief for is warehousing, storage, and hauling!

What is Logistics and Why is it a Headache?

Logistics is a complex and inescapable part of running an operation. It’s also one of the first areas that confound business owners when they have to scale their business up. Suddenly, the need for a much larger space, more employees, and a workflow that can satisfy both demand and deadlines becomes quickly urgent.

Space is perhaps the biggest issue. Our last blog post briefly glanced over what any California citizen knows—the Bay Area is wildly expensive. Real estate costs are absurdly high due to the appeal of living here a well as a host of other factors. What does this mean? The need for a larger warehouse or storage facility may not scale equally with how much it costs to obtain it. Will your profits from scaling up cover the cost of the larger storage? Not always, not in most cases. Such is the difficult life of the business owner.

Cargo Handling, Storage, and Hauling

Our conveniently located San Francisco storage yard is a place where you can find temporary relief to your sudden storage woes that present themselves to you. We can receive and store your equipment in our yards short-term or long-term depending on your needs. We boast 7 acres of open storage as well as 1 acre of covered storage with access to electrical hookups for the safety and maintenance of all equipment.

Our experienced team is knowledgeable in the handling of any type of equipment you can imagine: HVAC units, chillers, boilers, generators, switchgear, etc, with assembly and disassembly posing no problem.

It isn’t enough to just store the equipment though, we offer comprehensive heavy hauling and specialty hauling services at all points West of the Rocky Mountains that can get your equipment to where it needs to be in a timely manner—and in one piece, of course! Our clients choose us not only because of our proven track record of success, but also because we strictly adhere to protocols such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission requirements as well as the fact that our drivers are TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card) holders.

Bay Area Cargo Handling and Hauling

Sheedy Crane has been operating in the Bay Area since 1925! Since then, we have grown to be one of the most respected authorities for Bay Area engineering solutions as well as a variety of other services such as seismic retrofitting, structural shoring, and providing quality cranes for rental at a competitive rate.

Contact Sheedy Crane today to inquire about any of our numerous services or if you would like to consult about an upcoming project.


November 20, 2019by elite0

In our lengthy history of operations, Sheedy Crane has offered many services to California and its famous Bay Area. If you’re a resident of the area, you know that the Bay Area is a combination of about 9 counties and boasts a population of roughly 7.75 million people. Much like California in general, the Bay Area has seen a tremendous influx of industry as well as people over the past several decades. It has historically boasted a strong urban presence, and as you may guess from that, a substantial amount of renovation and construction has followed due to those reasons. As a result, our structural shoring solutions have been incredibly important to urban development of this area.

What is Structural Shoring?

The San Francisco Bay Area has been notoriously difficult to keep constrained to a particular size. Urban growth and development just seems to be unending, inflating the notoriously high cost of real estate and living expenses in the area. Despite that, the area sees continued growth partially due to the presence of global technology giants such as Google and Apple, along with many high-profile tech startups in Silicon Valley.

With the Bay Area being such an appealing area to live for a variety of reasons, it means that parts of the Bay Area are constantly being upended for upgraded versions or amendments to buildings to bring them into modernity. Structural Shoring is used to temporarily support a building so that it does not collapse or incur unnecessary damage due to improper load distribution when significant repairs and alterations are made to the building.

This shoring process can range from minor alterations by which shoring is still necessary due to safety requirements and protocols, or it can mean the entire demolition of portions of a building for a large-scale renovation that requires sophisticated shoring solutions as well as a keen understanding of engineering principles.

One of Sheedy Crane’s most difficult and rewarding shoring projects was the temporary shoring of Bay Area hospital buildings in which the strictest standards of the OSHPD (Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development) were required to be met.

Types of Structural Shoring

There are many types of structural shoring that can be used to achieve support of buildings being worked on.

Raking Shore is when a set of timbers are laid against the face of a structure at a sharp lean so that they can support the structure horizontally.

Beam and Plate shoring is exactly how it sounds, steel I-beams are set into the ground and then are supported by steel plates. This shoring technique is helpful in situations where soil conditions are a factor.

Scaffolding is the simplest form of shoring in a technical sense. It not only supports minor structures but also people. While some argue that shoring and scaffolding are different, the difference lies primarily in the utility!

Full Turnkey Shoring Solutions

Whether you’re making changes to an entire building and need support (literally), or you require minor changes to something like a parking garage, Sheedy Crane is here to support you. Our full-turnkey shoring solutions are backed by sound engineering principles and multiple decades of not only engineering/construction experience but also experience native to the Bay Area of California. We understand the unique conditions of this area that is so tightly constrained in both population and the presence of water.

Contact Sheedy Crane today for our shoring solutions or our many other engineering services!


October 18, 2019by elite0

CAD software is integral to many engineering projects. It is equal parts design as it is precision in regards to creating detailed schematics, 3D models, and blueprints for projects. At Sheedy Crane, our engineering services are sharpened by skilled CAD technicians who can design highly precise and structurally sound blueprints! Let’s take a look at some of the ways CAD software is used in engineering projects.

What is CAD Software?

CAD stands for Computer Aided Design. AutoCAD software allows for the precision needed to create designs that are able to be executed on. The software is highly advanced and allows for more than just design work. For example, you can run simulations through CAD software which would allow you to understand how something like water might run through or affect your designs.

What’s more, is that since industries that require a strong engineering aptitude have so thoroughly embraced CAD software that tools have developed around it. CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) applications can be used to analyze how components of a design will work together using sound mathematical principles and formulas.

For example, CAD/CAE can be used to analyze how much stress is being placed on various aspects of your designs, as well as how stress may be distributed depending on where it is applied.

One of the greatest benefits to CAD software that any business can get behind is that it can save a lot of time. When diagrams were originally done on paper, editing something would be time-consuming since things would have to be redrawn to accommodate new changes.

This also made tinkering with changes much more of a hassle, which constricts your ability to think. Consider how much freedom being able to type instead of write gives you, if you are proficient on a keyboard, you can quickly put things out to see how they look and delete them on a whim if they don’t pan out.

CAD Software For Heavy Rigging and Crane Operations

A lot goes into planning a rigging job or executing an operation using a crane. Coordination is everything, which means everyone needs to be on the same page. CAD software can produce accurate drawings that other workers can rely on to know how the operation will proceed. It is also useful for ensuring the safety of all staff through the prevention of equipment failure. While inspections are an important part of a work site, it’s also incredibly useful to know how lifts place stress on equipment, and CAD software can simulate these stressors in an artificial environment where many different factors can be tweaked.

More importantly, aspects of the rigging or crane work can be calculated ahead of time to get an estimation as to how things should go. For example, a crane seems like a simple device at first in terms of its function. However, there’s more to it. You must calculate the load capacity of the crane to make sure you have the right equipment for the job. Then, consider how important the shape is in addition to the weight of the load being lifted. These are all questions of physics, and if it comes down to crunching the numbers, CAD software and the proper plugins can do that for you.

Heavy Rigging and Crane Services in the Bay Area

It’s amazing to consider that people got anything done before we had all of this fantastic technology. Sheedy Crane can remember that time, we’ve been in business since 1925 when Joseph D. Sheedy founded Sheedy Drayage Co. With just a single truck and a lot of grit, this company has grown to be one of California’s leading crane, rigging, and hauling service contractors. We have countless successful projects under our belt if you’d like to add yours to the list of a job well done, contact us here and let’s get started today!