Blog - San Francisco Cranes, Hauling & Lifting | Sheedy Crane

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May 21, 2020by elite0

Cranes are magnificent pieces of equipment that are indispensable in construction projects. Crane operators must follow proper safety protocols for safe operation of the crane. It is important to remember that safety protocols and regulations for crane operation vary by state, city, and county even!

Operating a crane takes a skilled workers as well as the backing of a company such as Sheedy Crane that offers crane rental and operators in a comprehensive package for anyone looking to get a project done in an efficient and timely manner.

We’d like to go over a few general basics of crane safety hazards that take priority in looking out for.

Crane Safety Preparations

First and foremost, before the crane is even utilized, the contractor which is responsible for the operation of the crane must ensure that the equipment is fit for use. This means checking the load line, rigging and rigging accessories, to ensure they are adequate for the load that is to be imposed upon the equipment for the job.

Avoiding Environmental Hazards as a Crane Operator

Diligence is required to operate heavy machinery for any given job. Since cranes are used outside in construction sites, the most important thing is to have access to and awareness of the ground conditions that are present. Soil evaluations, maps of the area, as well as knowledge of any underground conditions are important. Nobody wants to have to fish a crane out of hole that collapsed because the grounds that were being dug up for the job were not meeting the proper criteria for operation.

Electrical hazards are equally prevalent in the common urban use case scenario for cranes. For a piece of equipment that swings a huge arm around, it seems apparent that one of the most pressing issues can be tripping power lines or hitting associated poles and towers when swinging the crane arm. There are minimum distances away from power lines that are required to be adhered to for safety as well as preventing accidental power outages and damage to the lines. Downed electrical lines are incredibly hazardous so all efforts to keep them isolated are taken.

Falling Loads and Overloading

If the proper steps had been followed when setting up and inspecting the mechanical aspects of the crane, ideally there would be minimal to no chance to of falling load being a risk. However, in reality there is a level of danger present to all construction work and crane operation. This is why it is crucial that no one be in the fall zone of any load being lifted as a precaution.

Overloading is also a major contributing factor to failure of crane accessories such as the slings. There are times when slings are accruing damage that may not be seen upon first inspection, learning to spot microtears and other signs of wear and tear are crucial, as the load integrity can only be maintained if all parts are functioning as they should.

Bay Area Crane Rental Company

You would like to think that all crane companies—or even companies peripherally involved with construction would be following OSHA guidelines to the T, but sadly the guidelines exist because companies DO break them. This is why it is important to deal with reputable companies such as Sheedy Crane that have been in business for 95 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Contact Sheedy Crane for all of your crane rental and operator needs. All of our operators are NCCO certified and provide the very best skills in executing your crane-based project needs.


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April 9, 2020by elite0

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.


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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 operator qualifications 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.


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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.



January 15, 2020by elite0

Heavy construction equipment may be tough, but it’s not indestructible.

When it comes time to find warehousing and storage for your equipment, there are certain steps you can take until it’s time to put your machinery back into service.

Read on to learn how to properly store your equipment and how a San Francisco warehousing and storage company can help keep it safe.

Climate issues

If the weather gets too cold, or too hot, it can harm your equipment. For example, when it gets cold, you run the risk of:

  • Loss of tire pressure
  • Battery discharge, making equipment start-up more difficult
  • Fluids becoming thick — brake fluids, transmission, hydraulics, etc. — keeping them from functioning correctly.

And in hot and dry weather, look out for:

  • Rubber components such as gaskets and hoses deteriorating or breaking
  • Excessive wear and tear on mechanical components, causing them to degrade much sooner than expected
  • Evaporating water in batteries, which leads to starting issues

Getting your equipment ready for warehousing & storage

Whether you’ve reached the end of the construction season or just the end of a project, the time might come for your machinery to take a break. Improper storage can lead to damage, project delays and unanticipated repair costs.

You can prevent these problems by taking these steps:

  • Clean away dirt and debris, which can lead to damage or blockages or cause components to degrade.
  • Make sure any moving parts are lubricated according to the owner’s manual. While you’re at it, tighten any screws and nuts to make sure they’re securely in place.
  • If you’re dealing with wheeled machinery, check the tires to make sure they have enough pressure. Keeping them slightly over-inflated can prevent them from going flat overtime. You can also consider lifting the tires with a jack or storing wheeled machinery on top of treated lumber or railroad ties.
  • If you see any chipped areas, paint over them to guard against rust.
  • If you’re storing winter equipment at the start of spring, drain the fuel tank to keep rust and gum deposits from forming. If you’re putting away warm weather machinery into storage at the start of winter, leave the tank full to prevent condensation from getting into the fuel lines when the spring thaw arrives.
  • Use lock-out/tag-out procedures to ensure that machinery is safely turned off and employees are warned against using it.
  • Repair damaged machinery — no matter how minor that damage is — to make sure the equipment doesn’t degrade, saving you from more expensive repairs once the machinery is in use again.

Warehousing and Storage in San Francisco

Are you looking for a place to store your machinery? Turn to Sheedy Crane.

We can receive and store your equipment on either a long or short-term basis and haul it to your job site as needed.

With our San Francisco warehousing & storage service, you’ll get:

  • Secure open and covered storage
  • Customized plans for larger and long-term projects
  • Handling for a wide range of equipment, including HVAC units, boilers, chillers, tanks and generators

With locations at the Port of San Francisco and Port of Stockton, Sheedy Crane can help your company store your machinery safely until you’re ready to use it. Contact us today to learn more.