Heavy Machinery Operations

Heavy machinery is an essential part of any modern construction project, and along with the heavy machinery is there skilled operator and the skills support crews working with the operator. It is important to learn how to become a crane operator.

On a modern high rise building site the most visible heavy machinery is the tall crane towering over the site  and over the surrounding City. The casual Observer wonders about the mentality call someone who is prepared to climb the very skinny Tower every morning and sit there even in recently high winds concentrating on moving heavy machinery and equipment and materials around the building site.

Crane operators are a special breed, as they need a high degree of skill and coordination to operate the crane safely and efficiently, a degree of fitness in order to climb up and down the tower everyday, and a strong nerve in order to operate themselves safely at height.

The work is highly technical, and requires a good Communications system between the ground  crews and the operator. The operator needs to know the  weight of each load so that they can safely judge how far out on the crane the load can be moved. The cranes are very carefully counterbalanced and have Smart Systems in place to measure the loading and indicate when a problem is likely to arise, but it still needs a skilled and experienced operator to interpret the systems and operate the machinery.

One particular danger for the contractors and builders on the  site is that heavy loads are being moved around above their heads. A skilled builder or labourer is required to make sure there is load is very firmly attached to the crane, but mistakes do occasionally happen and every builder on the site needs to be aware of what the crane is doing at all times.

One particularly high tech  operation that all crane companies need to carry out is the erecting of the crane and the  steady  raising of the crane over the life of The Project as the high rise building precedes skywards. This work involves the crane lifting its own frame, and while it looks complex and dangerous all  crane companies have mastered this operation and it’s always carried out safely. At the end of the project the crane must dismantle itself and Lara itself to the ground, and this is also a high skilled and technical operation that needs to be worked through via a series of set steps.

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