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How to make renting a crane an uplifting experience

por Robert Garment, Executive Editor | December 14, 2015
From the December 2015 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

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What size crane do I need?
The size and type of crane you need will be determined, primarily, by the gross weight (and possibly the shape) of the unit being lifted. The other important factor is the distance the load has to travel from the pivot point of the crane to the area where it’s being installed. This will determine the length of the crane’s boom. It’s best to rely on the recommendation of the crane company and/or the rigger regarding the right crane for your job. It’s also good to get several quotes. Then you can see and compare the different mobile cranes you are offered and ask informed questions. Cranes always need travel permits. They’re all overweight, and many have those “wide load” tail signs which restrict the roads they can travel on. Ahng says, “the travel permit will map out the route the crane must take to reach your facility, and these permits cost money. If you change the installation date and neglect to alert the crane company, re-booking it is going to be a costly mistake.”

The following are the top 10 tips for renting a crane:

1. Spend the time to get competitive bids on the project. Engage your crane companies\ and invite them to perform a site survey.
2. Book your crane in advance. The last thing you want to do is not have the crane available on the date your equipment is being delivered.
3. Involve the site facilities team on the planning and coordination of the crane pick. They are vital to making sure that areas are clear and cordoned off.
4. If possible, plan your crane pick during normal working hours, Monday through Friday. Premium-time picks can cost a lot of money, and many times there are costly minimums associated with them.
5. Have a plan for rigging the equipment and have the proper rigging equipment on site for the project. Many crane companies can provide the rigging for the lift, but keep in mind they may not hook up the rigging to the equipment.
6. Coordinate the transportation of your equipment to the project site. Make sure you are not waiting around for the truck with the unit being installed to show up.
7. Inquire with the local municipality about permits. Some cities require permits for closing sidewalks, parking lanes and traffic lanes. Some will just require proper notice.
8. If windows, doors, or walls have to be removed to provide access, remember that’s not the rigger’s job, it’s yours, and make sure it’s done in advance.
9. Communication is key. Keeping everyone aware of what is going on is vital to having your project and crane pick go smoothly.
10. Always get references on both the crane company and rigger you want to hire. Keeping these things in mind can help you avoid unexpected costs and help your project go off without a hitch. The most important item is to get your crane company involved at the beginning stages of the project and keep them informed as you progress through the planning stages to the actual “lift” date.

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