Category: Cranes

Precautions to Take When Operating a Construction Crane

Operating a crane is a big deal– if it’s not done properly and safely, it could result in someone losing their life. It could also result in expensive damages to whatever is around it. Think about this: a crane has the ability to lift an item that weighs thousands of pounds– thousands! And it lifts… Read more »

The Process of Crane Rigging

When a load is live and under a hook, it has been lifted thanks to crane rigging, which requires a combination of math, geoengineering and mechanical information in order to get it right and prevent accidents. Shapes, weights and riggings may vary, but one thing’s for sure: riggers need to know about lifting requirements and… Read more »

Using Construction Cranes in Bad Weather

Have you heard of the term “weathervaning” as it relates to cranes? If you were in a major city where a tower crane was spinning around thanks to powerful winds, that’s weathervaning. Now most people would assume that a tall crane like that, spinning around in the wind, wouldn’t be safe or normal, but it… Read more »

Reasons to Use a Full Service Crane Company

  If you were planning on selling your house, would you want to go with a realtor who is well-established and devotes all their time and energy to selling houses, or someone who just got their real estate license and is doing it “part time?” Ideally, you’d choose the full time, experienced person to work… Read more »

The Different Roles on a Crane Jobsite

When you rent a crane from Astro Crane, there are several crane operation jobs involved at most construction sites. What are some of those jobs and/or roles? Crane Operator A crane operator drives and operates the crane. Before (and after) work, they will also inspect the crane to make sure everything looks good, and they… Read more »

How to Maintain a Crane’s Chain Hoist

If and when you rent a crane from Astro Crane, you might be dealing with a chain hoist. What are some safety tips for a crane’s chain hoist? Routine Maintenance For starters, perform routine maintenance on the crane’s hardware to make sure it’s operating efficiently. Astro Crane does this, and if/when you are in possession… Read more »

How Construction Cranes Are Maintained

Construction cranes need maintenance. How are they maintained? Typically, construction cranes are inspected by experts who know what to look for– any signs of wear and tear, missing parts, etc. OSHA guidelines should be followed, and, of course, safety is paramount. Cranes can experience problems that need fixing… and this could be due to corrosion,… Read more »

How to Maintain Construction Cranes in the Summer Heat

It’s summertime and you know what that means: sunny days and hot temperatures, even in places like Boston, Providence and Hartford. Hot weather isn’t just for Florida! If you’re using or renting a crane in the summer, how can you best take care of it? Cranes Need Shade Too Ideally, when it’s sunny and hot… Read more »

The Types of Engines Used in Tower Cranes

If you see a construction site in a city, you’ll likely see a tower crane there, too. These giant, tall towers rise hundreds of feet in the air, dotting many city skylines. They can lift heavy loads to extreme heights. Since they’re pretty expensive to own, many construction companies look to rent them instead– using… Read more »