Hazards to Watch for While Operating a Crane

A necessary tool in many construction projects, cranes are extraordinary useful for the lifting and rigging of heavy materials. This being said, their enormous size and heavy weight can also cause safety concerns, which is why it is so important to check for hazards before bringing a crane on site and before going to work… Read more »

New York City Plans to Lift Most Recent Crane Regulations

After the tragic crane collapse that occurred in New York City on February 5, Mayor Bill de Blasio put strict regulations in place, forcing crawler crane operations to stop any time winds are forecast to exceed 20 miles per hour or gusts reach 30 miles per hour. Under this mandate, cranes are to be secured… Read more »

Never Underestimate Nature When Operating Cranes

Being a crane operator can be a tough job, especially when working in less than ideal conditions. Safely controlling a crane doesn’t just mean you have to pay attention to what’s taking place on the ground, but also what’s going on around you in terms of weather. Sudden gusts of high winds or increasingly stormy… Read more »

Keeping Stable with Crane Mats

For construction companies, perhaps the top asset after your employees is the equipment you use. If you own or lease cranes to do your work, you must strongly consider an investment in crane mats for use on your job sites. So what exactly is a crane mat? It’s a thick, durable hardwood floor that your… Read more »

Three Commonly Used Cranes

When it comes to cranes, there are a few different types available for use depending on the job that needs to be completed and the weight of the objects that must be lifted. Different types of cranes have different capabilities, and the requirements of your project will decide the crane you should use. Here are… Read more »

The FAA Reduces Crane Lengths at a Construction Site

The next time you’re driving by a crane and think to yourself, “Wow, that thing is really high,” you’re not alone. There are so many types of cranes available, with a range of heights from a few dozen feet to others that reach the tops of towering skyscrapers. Three such cranes in San Diego recently… Read more »

How New Technology Could Help Crane Operators

Liverpool, England is perhaps best known the world over as the birthplace of The Beatles, the rock group that achieved worldwide fame and success with numerous hit songs. But Liverpool is also quite well known as an industrial port city. The Port of Liverpool is one of the best-equipped and connected deep water container terminals… Read more »

Information about Load Moment Indicators

Astro Crane knows that working with high-rise structures is risky and dangerous. In order to get a load from the ground to the working floor requires a strong pulley system and a precision-oriented crane operator with knowledge and experience to handle all the variables that come with the intense job. Tower cranes are used to… Read more »

What Causes Some Construction Projects to Fail?

Why do some construction projects fail while others are successful to completion? There are several reasons. Generally, construction projects need great leaders who lead the crew to get the job done on time, safely, and with excellence. If a crew doesn’t know what to do and when to do it because no one seems to… Read more »

Important Update From OSHA For Construction Crane Projects

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has the best interests of operators of cranes and derricks in mind with its rulemaking requiring crane operators on construction sites to meet one of four qualification/certification options by Nov. 10, 2017. On August 9, 2010, OSHA published the final rule for cranes and derricks in construction. OSHA developed… Read more »