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The Different Types of Mobile Cranes and Their Uses

Cranes are used for almost every type of construction project, and because of this, it is important that the correct crane is chosen for the job at hand. There are a wide variety of cranes to choose from, each of them suitable for specific tasks. Due to the broad selection of cranes to pick from, it can sometimes be difficult to be able to decide which crane is the best choice for the project you are undertaking.

In this blog, we are going to talk about some of the most popular mobile cranes used in the construction industry. We are going to talk in detail about the types of jobs that these cranes are best suited for, making it easy for you to select the right one next time a crane is required for a project you are working on. There are so many crane possibilities, both fixed and mobile, but we have chosen to discuss the most frequently used mobile machines as these are the cranes you are most likely to use.

Carry Deck Crane

Carry Deck Cranes are one of the most popular types of cranes used throughout the construction industry. Their relatively small size and 360-degree boom means that they are incredibly versatile, being able to be used for a wide variety of different tasks. Carry Deck Cranes have the advantage of being able to manoeuvre around tight spaces, getting into positions that other cranes could not fit in.

Carry Deck Cranes have a total weight capacity of 15 tonnes and a pick-up and carry weight capacity of nine tonnes. This impressive weight capacity combined with the crane’s manoeuvrability makes it ideal for lifting and transporting materials that require compact, low profile cranes. Carry Deck Cranes can be found on almost every construction site due to their ease of use and ability to transport large amounts efficiently. 

Crawler Crane 

On the other end of the spectrum to Carry Deck Cranes, Crawler Cranes are massive pieces of machinery that are heavy duty. The Crawler Crane’s lattice boom allows it to be able to lift incredibly heavy loads with ease. The sheer size of the Crawler Crane means that it has to be transported and assembled on-site, making it slightly less convenient than other crane types, but you will not get the same amount of lifting strength from many other cranes options.

An advantage to the Crawler Crane needing to be constructed is that the modular design provides more flexibility. Crawler Cranes are also built with a tracked platform, allowing the crane to carry more weight than if it were on wheels. The tracked platform also means that the crane can easily navigate hard and soft ground, and it is able to operate effectively on uneven terrain. For large projects where plenty of heavy loads need to be moved, the Crawler Crane is one of the best options available. 

Floating Crane

Floating Cranes are unique pieces of machinery that act as a sea vessel that has a crane attached to it. These types are cranes are mainly used for off-shore construction projects, but can also be useful for drilling and retrieving sunken ships. Some of these projects can often be hindered because of bad weather conditions making the sea choppy and dangerous, however, the Floating Crane’s design allows these tasks to be carried out safely even on rough waters.

Floating Cranes are usually mounted on a swing base, allowing the crane to move in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction. These massive machines are incredibly strong and have a lift capacity of over 10,000 tonnes, making them extremely useful when carrying heavy materials such as when they are needed to transport sections of bridges.

Truck Mounted Crane

Sometimes also known as a Truck Loader Crane, a Truck Mounted Crane is a truck that has a crane attached to the rear of the vehicle. The crane is used to load and unload goods and materials from the truck’s deck. These types of cranes have the advantage of generally being cheaper than strictly dedicated mobile cranes, plus, if the crane is not needed at a particular time, the vehicle still works effectively as a truck.

Truck Mounted Cranes can obtain easy access to worksites and are able to take on various attachments, increasing the versatility of projects they can be used to help with. This type of crane can also be handled with the use of a remote control. This means that when controlling the crane, the driver can get the best view possible of what he is moving, and keep to a safe distance at the same time.

Rough Terrain Crane

As their name suggests, Rough Terrain Cranes specialise in completing jobs on sites that have uneven and unsteady grounds. The crane is capable of working in confined spaces, even on rubble and uneven surfaces. They are able to do this with the assistance of hyper-sized axels, each having differentials to propel the wheels, making the vehicle all-wheel drive. 

Rough Terrain Cranes are equipped to move quickly over all surfaces, with their oversized tyres and hydraulic outriggers playing a big part in the crane’s stability. The outriggers in particular work well to level the crane out even when on uneven ground.

Contact NMT Crane Hire

Here at NMT Crane Hire, our highly skilled team of experienced professionals are able to provide you with the perfect crane for any job you are undertaking. We are only of the UK’s leading company’s in crane hire and we have spent the last 40 years building a reputation for being dependable and trustworthy. 

If you would like to get in contact with NMT Crane Hire, please feel free to get in touch by filling out our online inquiry form or by giving us a call on 0800 026 6985.

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Advantages Of Becoming A Crane Operator

The construction industry is a sector that is consistently growing, so much so that you may be thinking of choosing it as your career path. One way of getting into the industry in an exciting way is to become a crane operator. A career as a crane operator may not be at the forefront of your mind when you think about obtaining a job in the construction industry, however, it can have some great benefits.

In this blog we are going to talk about some of those benefits, taking an in-depth look into why a career as a crane operator can be very desirable. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the main advantages of becoming a crane operator.

Hands-On Work

A big advantage of gaining a job as a crane operator is the hands-on nature of the day to day tasks you will need to complete. If you are looking for a career where you are constantly getting stuck in, then crane operating could potentially be the perfect career path for you. As a crane operator, you will get the chance to have a great, positive influence on a variety of projects, construction-based or otherwise.

You may have to cope with a high level of responsibility as a crane operator, however, that is only because you will be such a vital member of any team you are a part of. After your morning catch-up and briefing about the day’s tasks that lay ahead, you will get straight to work, being able to take an active part in each project and having a big impact on the job.

High Demand For Work

One of the main benefits of becoming a crane operator is that once you become fully trained and qualified, you will be in high demand for work. In comparison to the number of jobs that require cranes, there are not that many crane operators readily available. This means that you are likely to be able to find work relatively easily.

The fact that crane operators are in high demand also means that the average salary is a good size, currently being £36,3679 according to totaljobs.com. On a personal level, knowing that you possess a skill that is difficult to come by means that you will feel more highly valued amongst your peers on a construction site. Being able to efficiently operate a crane can mean that you have many years of job security ahead of you.

Supportive Work Environment

Working as a crane operator will expose you to a supportive environment full of hard-working colleagues, all working together to achieve a common goal. Depending on the size of the project at hand, a construction site can feature hundreds of different workers. Playing such a pivotal role within a large operation can be pretty gratifying.

It should not be underestimated the sense of accomplishment you and your co-workers get from completing a project, especially one that you have been working on for a long period of time. Spending time working closely with a large team is a great way of building professional and even personal relationships. Working as a crane operator will give you the opportunity to work in unique environments, surrounded by highly skilled, experienced co-workers.

Contact NMT Crane Hire

If you are looking for a job as a crane operator, you can view a wide variety of jobs available across the UK, or if you would prefer, you can take a look at the jobs specifically located in London

As well as being a leading company with nationwide crane hire and heavy haulage, NMT is also proud to be able to help experienced and aspiring crane operators find work. If you would like to contact NMT to ask for more information, please feel free to get in touch by filling out our online inquiry form or call us on 0800 026 6985.

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The Components Of A Crane

To help construct and sculpt buildings and all shapes and sizes, a crane’s design has to be sophisticated enough to be able to adapt to the needs and requirements of any project. Having been developed over centuries, the crane’s design has reached a stage where no project is too big, but what are the components of a crane’s design which enable contractors and builders to build bigger and bigger? NMT Crane Hire outlines all the features and components which make these machines a mainstay on every construction site.

Hook

The hook part of the crane is what the load is connected to. It may not be as big in stature as some of the other components of a crane, however, it still remains one of the most important parts. The hook is connected to the house and the and effector and must be strong and durable enough to hold significant amounts of weight.

Hoist

The hoist is what creates the lifting motion of the crane within the rigging system. It is made up of a cranking mechanism or winding drum, using wires to raise and lower the hook. Depending on the model of the crane, hoists can be powered manually, electronically or by using pneumatics. 

Boom & Jib

The boom of a crane is the long steel arm that spans the length of the vehicle. Stretching from the operator’s cabin and ending with the hook, Booms distribute the weight of the load and provide the necessary height needed for certain jobs. The jib is an addition to the boom and is used when extra height is needed to be achieved. These also work well to take some of the weight off of the hoist, alleviating some of the stress.

Counterweight

As cranes have to regularly carry and transport extremely heavy loads, there is always the risk that the crane may lose balance and topple over – the counterweight is there to make sure that this doesn’t happen. These counterweights are usually placed at the back of the crane to offer as much support as possible. Outriggers can also be used for extra support if the operator feels that the counterweight won’t be enough to balance the load.

Operator’s Cabin 

The operator’s cabin is the control centre of the crane. As well as housing the operator, the cabin is home to all of the crane’s controls, the anemometer (which measures wind direction and speed), the scales and other essential features of the crane.

Contact NMT Crane Hire

If you have a project and are in need of a mobile crane, don’t hesitate to contact NMT Crane Hire. We can provide you with a fleet of vehicles suitable for any job. Contact us today on 0800 026 6985 or via our online contact form to discuss availability.

 

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The Advantages of Renting Heavy Haulage Vehicles

If you are in the position where you require a piece of heavy haulage to be transported, you may be asking yourself whether it is better to purchase the transport equipment yourself or to rent it. In this blog, we will discuss the key advantages of renting heavy haulage vehicles and why it can be preferable over outright purchasing one.

Cost

If you are a business owner and are in the predicament of deciding if renting or buying a heavy haulage vehicle is right for you, the biggest argument for renting is perhaps the amount you could save on costs. Heavy-duty vehicles can be extremely expensive to buy, not to mention the addition of maintenance and upkeep, fuel and obtaining the necessary permits. 

All of this together can create a substantial financial burden, so when you consider how often you are likely to use the machine, it is likely to be way more cost-beneficial to rent rather than buying.

Experience 

When you hire a heavy haulage truck to move your large cargo, you are most likely going to be giving a professional, experienced truck driver to help with the transportation. The advantage of this is that an experienced heavy haulage driver is more likely to be able to move your goods from one place to another without any hitches.

An experienced heavy haulage driver will be comfortable moving hundreds of tonnes of cargo and will be more likely to keep to the strict timescale that you require. This, in turn, will ensure that your company operations run smoother, having the appropriate materials and machinery delivered to suit your schedule. 

Receive The Best Equipment

Another key reason for renting heavy haulage equipment rather than buying is that you are more likely to receive the best equipment for the job if renting from a hiring company. Rather than you and your company having to make a long term investment in a piece of machinery that may not be able to complete some of your required tasks, you will get an up to date vehicle ready for the job.

Similarly, you will not need to rely on a single piece of equipment to carry out all of your heavy haulage needs. When contacting a company about hiring a vehicle, you can give them details about the specifics of the job, meaning they can provide a vehicle tailored to that task.

Contact NMT 

If you would like to find out more information about heavy haulage and the equipment used, or would like to inquire about hiring one or more of our vehicles, please contact us by filling out our online enquiry form or by calling us on 0800 026 6985. You can also visit our heavy cranes page for more information. 

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How To Achieve Your HGV Licence 

If you are looking to start your career in lorry driving, one of the first things you need is to gain your Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) licence. Without one of these you will be limited in the type of jobs you can undertake, as securing a HGV licence allows you to operate a vehicle weighing over 3,500kg. 

Haulage and logistics is one of the top industries in the UK for employment and there are plenty of jobs out there for the taking. With this in mind, let’s talk about how to get your HGV licence and set off on the right track of progressing your career.

Different Types of Licences 

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First and foremost you should be aware of the different types of HGV licence you can get. These vary depending on the weight and size of the vehicle.

  • Cat C1 – Vehicles weighing between 3.5 and 7.5 tonnes.
  • Cat C – Rigid bodied vehicles between 7.5 and 32 tonnes. You can skip Cat C1 and progress straight to Cat C if you wish.
  • Cat C+E – Drawbar and articulated vehicles. This is an upgrade from Cat C but requires no extra theory.

How Long Do The Courses Take?

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Depending on where you go to take the course, the training usually lasts between 8 and 10 weeks, even though said training involves just 5 days of practical work.

A large bulk of the learning comes in the form of theory, which you will have to be tested on in a similar way to earning a regular driver’s licence. You will begin your practical training once you find out from the DVSA that you have passed your theory exam. You will be trained by an experienced instructor and will be able to practice in a HGV prior to your practical test, giving you the best chance of success.

Why You Should Get Your HGV Licence

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You may still be unsure about whether a career as a heavy goods vehicle driver is for you, however there are so many benefits to taking on this job. 

As previously mentioned, there are an abundance of employment opportunities once you achieve your HGV licence, and there is good job security once you find work. You will be lucky enough to be paid to travel and there is the potential to earn a high wage.

A big bonus for this line of work is that it does not require a bachelor’s degree. It is understandable that going through the university path isn’t for everyone, so as long as you pass the theory and practical tests, you should have all you need to explore a successful career as a lorry or truck driver.

NMT Heavy Haulage

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Once you unlock your HGV licence, you will be fully prepared to transport heavy goods from suppliers to customers and clients all over the UK. 

Although our company is known for being one of the leading providers of cranes in the UK, our heavy haulage service is also second to none. If you would like to find out more about heavy haulage and the services we provide, you can head over to our Heavy Haulage page.

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about the different services we provide or would like to inquire about any crane operator jobs we have available, feel free to fill out our online contact form or give us a call on 0800 026 6985.

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3 Things to Consider When Selecting a Crane

Lifting cranes have now become a common addition to the arsenal of machinery used on building and construction sites. However, what you might not know is that it is important to make sure that you choose the right crane for the job. Although they are all powerful machines, certain cranes are built with specific tasks in mind, so choosing the correct one can seriously improve productivity and efficiency.

For your benefit, we have listed below three of the most important things you should consider when selecting a crane to use on your project.

Weight and Height Checks

One of the most important things you should know before deciding on which crane to use is the weight of the load it will be lifting. Choosing a crane that has a small lift capacity can mean that you could be paying for something that may not be of any use to your project, or could become a safety hazard. However, selecting a crane with an unnecessarily high lift capacity can be a great waste of money and labour.

The higher a load is lifted, the less the weight capacity becomes. Bearing this in mind, you will need to research which cranes are available to you that can both perform the lift of the required weight, while having the boom length to reach the required heights.

Site Conditions

It is important to take the conditions of the site into consideration when selecting your crane. If the workspace has largely uneven grounds, you will need to use a rough-terrain crane with an increased support width, as this will ensure stability. For developments that have flat and rough terrain, you’re best to opt for a truck-mounted crane as this style of machine is good for versatility.

It is also worth being aware of the weather conditions at the site, as rain and wind can alter the terrain and may require more specialised equipment. If you are not sure about which crane is the best fit for your site, you should seek advice from industry professionals.

Site Access

In most cases the ideal situation would be to drive the crane directly into the site and place it exactly where it needs to be, but this is not always possible. Some sites will not have simple road access for heavy-duty machines to drive on, which is why site access can impact your choice of crane.

In a similar vein to the previous point, having no easy road access will require you to find a crane that is able to make the trip through some potentially treacherous terrain. If there is no obvious way in which a crane will be able to position itself at the desired part of the site, serious thought needs to be put into making sure the correct crane is chosen, ensuring it will be able to negotiate these difficulties and still complete the task at hand.

Contact NMT Cranes

For those who don’t deal with cranes on a regular basis, it can seem like a daunting task to have to pick the right crane after taking all of these points into consideration, however that’s where we come in.

With over 20 years of experience, our team at NMT Cranes are experts in the industry and are able to help you with all your crane needs. For more information, please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call us on 0800 026 6985.

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How to Become a Crane Operator

Whether you’re a school leaver or looking for a career change, choosing to become a crane operator is a fun and rewarding career path. But, how can you become one? Take a look at our latest blog post and learn more about becoming a crane operator or crane driver.

 

What is a crane operator?

A crane operator, or crane driver, is an individual who operates lifting machinery on construction, quarrying or mining sites, at ports and in warehouses.

 

How can I become a crane driver?

There are several ways and routes you can follow to become a crane operator or crane driver. This includes taking a college course, doing an apprenticeship or working your ways towards this role.

College course

If you are looking to go through education, you can take a college course in Plant Operations; this level 2 certification is usually carried out in conjunction with on the job training. 

Apprenticeship

If you are looking for an apprenticeship you can get into this job role through applying to a lifting technician intermediate apprenticeship.

Work

Another way in which you can become a crane operator is through starting work as a construction site labourer. When you have built up more experience of using heavy machinery such as excavators, then you can move onto crane operation.

 

What skills do I need to become a crane operator?

These are some of the main skills that a crane operator needs in order to be successful in the role.

  • Good physical skills such as movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • Pay attention to details and be thorough
  • Patient with the ability to stay calm under stressful situations
  • Able to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • Able to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • Understanding and sensitivity
  • Ability to safely operate and control equipment
  • Basic computer skills to carry out tasks on a computer or hand-held device

 

What are the daily tasks and responsibilities?

Some of the day-to-day tasks include setting up cranes and carrying out safety checks; loading and unloading lorries; shifting loads around the site; monitoring sensors that measure load weights, crane stability and wind speed; and carrying out minor repairs to the machinery.

In addition to these tasks, it is important to also report any problems to the crane supervisor and keep thorough records of the materials that you’ve moved.

Typically, crane operators work on a construction site; this means that the working environment can be noisy and at height. Furthermore, you’ll also need to wear protective clothing.

 

Contact NMT Crane Hire

If you’re interested in hiring cranes or lifting equipment, we pride ourselves on building customer relationships and providing an excellent service. Here at NMT Crane Hire, we have over 40 years of experience within this industry so we are able to provide knowledgeable advice on equipment and crane safety. You can get in touch with our team by calling 0800 026 6985 or you can fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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What’s the Difference Between Crane Hire & Contract Lift Hire?

In this blog, we discuss the difference between crane hire and contract crane hire and the advantages. When you’re planning a lift, it is very commonplace to hire a crane and an operator to work on your instructions on the site.

 

The difference between crane hire and contract lift hire

Standard crane hire is simple; if you don’t require the services of a crane operator or appointed person then you can just hire the crane. However, this means that the crane will be your responsibility whilst on your site.

Whereas contract lift hire is when you hire a crane with the assistance of a crane operator and fully-qualified appointed person. This means that all aspects of the lift are the responsibility of the crane hire company rather than the customer. The appointed person uses their expertise to draw comprehensive lift plans and guides you through where to rig the pedestrian crane or mobile crane. The crane operator ensures that it is safe to carry out the lift.

 

What does an appointed person/ crane operator do?

Typically with contract lift hire, an appointed person will take care of a number of different things. Firstly, they will ensure that the mobile or tower crane has been maintained, services, tested and certified. They will also look after any additional lifting equipment and carry out a thorough site survey. 

A crane operator can offer expert advice and recommendations both before and during the lift, as well as drawing up a detailed plan of action. Alongside this, they will conduct a full site ground assessment to enable the crane is rigged safely.

Furthermore, if the lift requires road closures they will be the ones in communication with the police, as well as taking care of risk assessments.

 

What are the advantages of contract lift hire?

The crane hire company will take on these responsibilities:

  • Plans the lift with a suitable crane and designated an appointed person to supervise the lift
  • They take on the majority of risks and responsibility, including legal liability in the event of an injury to the driver or property damage that could occur front the lifting operation 

 

What are the advantages of crane hire?

You are responsible for how you handle the lift, selecting the most appropriate model of crane for the lift as well as responsible for arranging any signalling. Alongside this, you are also responsible for supervising the lift while it’s in operation. It is important to provide an experienced and trained Appointed Person during the process.

 

Contact

If you’re interested in crane hire services we have a wide range here at NMT Crane Hire, please contact our team by calling us on 0800 026 6985, or filling out our online enquiry form.

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5 Tips for Crane Hand and Voice Signals

With the introduction of new construction crane standards and certifications, there are some key tips that people sitting these tests need to remember when taking the signal person test.

 

1. Understand crane operations and limitations

When a signaller understands what crane operations, limitations and results may occur when certain signals are given to direct a crane operator, then they can use this information to carry out tasks and direction more effectively. For example, if a crane is about to be put into an overload condition then a signal person needs to signal the gain or loss of capacity to the crane operator quickly and clearly.

 

2. Special assignments as a signal person

As a signal person, it is important to understand each of the different signals and what they mean. For example, the ‘blind pick’ relay signal is assigned to lifts being made in a prohibited zone, or during lifting activity that uses a suspended personnel platform.

 

3. Present the hand signals correctly

When signalling the movements must be standardised and performed clearly so that they are easily understood. This is key so there is no room for misinterpretation. No allowance should be made for lazy hand signals.

 

4. Give voice signals in the correct format

When carrying out signals there is a set format that must be followed: function and direction; distance or speed; function and stop.

 

5. Understand what to do when there’s a failure in the communication process

All signals are continuous, whether that be via hand or voice, therefore this means that when an unplanned event occurs to the signal person they should give a ‘stop’ or ‘emergency stop’ signal. This allowed for the event to be sorted and the load moved on without causing an incident. There may be times when the operator cannot see or hear the signals, suspecting an unplanned loss of contact has occurred. At this point, they should stop moving the crane and load until they regain communication and the situation rectified. It is integral that a signal person also knows what to do during an unplanned event.

 

Contact

If you would like any more information on crane safety, or you would be interested in learning more about the services NMT Crane Hire provides, please get in touch with one of our friendly team members by calling us on 0800 026 6985, or fill out one of our online enquiry forms.

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What Are the Most Common Crane Hazards?

Working at height is dangerous, and when you add machinery and large construction cranes into the mix it becomes hazardous if the correct safety measures and precautions are not followed properly. If things go wrong, it can lead to injuries, fatalities and damage cost to buildings and materials. But, what are the most common crane hazards and how can you take measures to prevent them? 

In our latest blog, we outline the three most hazards. It is important to be aware of crane hazards and the ways in which you can avoid them.

 

3 Most Common Crane Hazards

Falling loads

This is one of the most common hazards when working with cranes. A falling load can result in serious injury, fatality or structural damage to a building or property, leading to significant time and money costs. There are a number of reasons why a load can fall from an overhead crane – operator incompetency, slipping, mechanical failure, and two blocking.

Electrical hazards

A large number of crane-related accidents involve the metal part of the overhead crane coming into contact with a power source (such as a high-voltage power line). This means an increased risk of the crane’s hoist line and boom touch in energised power lines – anyone who is directly touching them is most likely to be electrocuted. This can result in multiple deaths and injuries. It is crucial that a risk assessment is carried out before starting work.

Crane overload 

A large majority of crane failures also occur as a result of somebody overloading the crane. If you exceed a crane’s operational capacity, then you will likely subject it to structural stresses that cause irreversible damage. Ways in which you can overload a crane include: swinging or suddenly dropping loads; hoist loads beyond the cranes capacity; using defective components; dragging loads; side-loading a boom.

 

Contact

If you’re interested in hiring cranes or lifting equipment, we pride ourselves on building customer relationships and providing an excellent service. With over 40 years of experience within this industry so we are able to provide knowledgeable advice on equipment and crane safety. Get in touch by calling 0800 026 6985 or you can fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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Top 10 Construction Crane Facts

NMT Crane Hire prides itself on offering quality crane hire throughout the UK. Cranes are integral pieces of machinery in construction, helping transform urban areas with building offices, bridges, skyscrapers and more. Every modern skyline in a bustling city was built with the help of a crane. Here are some facts about construction cranes.

10 Facts About Construction Cranes:

1. Cranes were built by the Ancient Greeks

The first human-made crane was built by the Ancient Greeks around 500BC. It looked very different to the modern cranes we have today, instead of steel or metal they were made out of wood. Human or animal power was used to pull heavy objects up – but these early crane designs helped build some of the most recognisable and beautiful structures of the ancient world.

2. The crane arm (“jib”) was added in the Middle Ages

During the Middle Ages, the “jib”, or crane arm, was able to move both horizontally and vertically – mainly because it was used to unload cargo ships in a harbour.

3. Steam engine technology was added to cranes in the 19th Century

With the invention of the steam engine in the 19th Century, the new technology was also applied to provide cranes with power, which eliminated the need for humans and animals used as a source of power.

4. The first mobile crane was manufactured in the 1950s

In the course of the 1950s, there was a significant change in the material used to manufacture cranes. Strong steel was used and also placed on the back of trucks, which saw the introduction of ‘mobile cranes’.

5. 200,000 cranes are estimated to be in use around the world

Around the world, there are over 200,000 cranes in use, of which 125,000 cranes are used in the construction industry and between 80,000 – 100,000 cranes are used in general and maritime industries.

6. Tallest crane in the world is a Liebherr type 357 HC-L

The tallest crane in the world is the Liebherr type 357 HC-L and it can lift up to 18 tons at 44 metres a minute. This crane was used in the construction of the world’s tallest building: Kingdom Tower in Saudi Arabia.

7. Cranes are dangerous, leading to 42 deaths each year in the UK

There are around 42 crane-related deaths each year.

8. Only 11% of crane accidents are caused by mechanical failure

Out of all the crane-related accidents that occur on a construction site, only 11% are due to mechanical failure. If these failures are spotted early, then further damage can be prevented, which is why cranes are inspected daily and yearly.

9. There are over 20+ types of crane types

Like many other products and machinery, there is a wide variety of different types for an array of purposes or to be used for specific projects. Some of the main crane types include tower cranes, mobile cranes, truck-mounted cranes, and rough terrain cranes.

10. Cranes share their name with a bird

We previously discussed our 5 most interesting facts about cranes, but construction cranes share their name with the tallest flying bird in the world.

Contact

We hope you have enjoyed our list of 10 most construction crane facts. To find out more about our crane hire services here at NMT Crane Hire, please contact our team by calling us on 0800 026 6985, or filling out our online enquiry form.

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City Cranes and their Benefits

In city construction, where space can be limited, city cranes offer the primary advantages of having an adjustable turning circle as well as a smaller footprint. But, they also come with a few other things that make them the perfect asset for your construction project.

Varied Capacities of City Cranes

City cranes come in a wide range of sizes and capacities.  NMT Crane hire offers 13-70 ton city crane hire meaning that you can rest assured we have something suitable for your job.

Boom Extension

City cranes have a large telescopic boom length, such as Lieberr’s (LTC 1050.3.1) 50 Ton City Crane, which has an 8.2-36 metre reach.  This means that they can extend to different lengths depending on your job’s needs. Some cranes, such as the one above also have a folding jib, or an adjustable erection jib, meaning you have complete flexibility with your job.

Mobility 

City cranes are known for their compact size, incredible strength and easy manoeuvrability. They can access awkward areas and have significantly lower install and dismantle times compared to tower cranes.

Another benefit is that City Cranes are able to move goods and heavy loads, as they have wheels, while tower cranes are fixed to one spot.

Benefits of City Crane Hire

If you are not needing a crane for the entirety of your construction, then hiring one from NMT Crane Hire can reduce costs significantly and allow you to cut down the time of your construction project.  NMT Crane Hire have accreditations from SSIP Worksafe Contractors, Achilles Registered, and Driver Agency Accreditation Scheme meaning you have complete peace of mind, knowing that we are high-quality service providers.

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If you would like to speak more about an opportunity to hire one of our City Cranes, give us a call on 08000 266 985, we’d love to help. Alternatively, you can fill out our online enquiry form.

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Four Advantages of Mobile Cranes

One of NMT Crane Hire’s greatest assets is the diverse fleet at our disposal. From the lighter end of our range right up to our heaviest units, we offer machines to suit a variety of budgets, purposes, and situations.

Something we take particular pride in, however, is the fact that all of our units are fully mobile. Obviously, our lighter units will be a little easier to manoeuvre than the 700-ton cranes from our range, but our customers can rest easy in the knowledge that our mobile cranes allow for a much greater degree of flexibility than their fixed, grounded counterparts. 

Here, we take a closer look at the world of mobile cranes and explain in four, clear points exactly why they have proven to be so useful over the years.

1) Mobility

Let’s start with the most obvious point from our list. While tower cranes are fixed to the ground after they’ve been assembled, mobile cranes can be moved around even after their setup.

The vast majority of construction sites benefit from this greater degree of manoeuvrability, too. For projects spanning multiple locations, the same crane can be used at both sites without batting an eyelid, while heavy materials can often be transported on these units to save the further use of time and resources. This ability to easily move cranes between sites should not be underestimated; it increases the speed and efficiency of projects beyond measure.

2) Versatility and precision

Our second point may sound like a rehash of our previous one, but there’s an important difference here. The added versatility of a mobile crane allows them to be used for far more than just lifting. 

For example, more tailored lifts can be carried out by cranes that are not restricted to a fixed point on the ground. If a project requires it, mobile cranes can sometimes be moved inside larger buildings to offer a precise, controlled lift. Assembling a tower crane inside a structure would be almost impossible, but that’s exactly what you’re able to do with their mobile cousins. At the other end of the spectrum, smaller units can also be used to move small features – even furniture – with ease.

3) Setting up

The setup time for a mobile crane is significantly lower than it is for a fixed unit. In fact, a number of mobile cranes require virtually no setting up at all; their compact nature and logical design allows them to get to work pretty much as soon as they’ve arrived on site.

It goes without saying that large tower cranes require significant labour before they’ve been put to good use. Hours, even days, can be invested by multiple people before the crane is ready – all of those wasted resources can be saved by using mobile cranes, significantly reducing labour costs and saving you invaluable time.

4) Size

The comparative size of a mobile crane makes it far more suitable for a much wider range of building sites. In some heavily populated cities and on certain restrictive sites, it can actually be impossible to set up some larger cranes. If an entire project is based on the use of a crane, this issue can prove to be extremely damaging.

Mobile cranes fit into smaller spaces and require far less in terms of special arrangements. This particular advantage will vary in its significance depending on exactly how large the required mobile cranes are, but it can also prove to be the difference between a successful project and one that falls flat.

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Clearly, there is plenty to be said for seriously considering a mobile crane for a number of construction projects. In some instances, you will require a more heavy-duty tower crane, but you’d be surprised at just how powerful some mobile units can prove to be. 

If you’re in any doubt whatsoever about the type of crane that would be suitable for your project, we would recommend that you get in touch with the team here at NMT Crane Hire. You can call us on 0800 026 6985 or fill out one of our online contact forms

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Three Important Points For Crane Safety

Working with cranes requires specific training and expertise in order to utilise these in a safe and risk-free manner. There are legal requirements that need to be upheld to ensure you are safety compliant. NMT Crane Hire have outlined three important points to follow when it comes to crane safety.

1. Risk assessment

A risk assessment should be carried out before any work commences to ensure there are no foreseeable hazards. The assessment should be carried out by a person who is qualified to do so and can verify that all work will be carried out safely. The legal responsibility for the safe operation of cranes is shared between the crane hirer, who ensures the crane is safe to use when delivered, and the crane user, who makes sure the crane is used safely once it’s on their premises. If there isn’t a qualified person to carry out a risk assessment, you must ask the crane hire company for a ‘Contract Lift’, which means they will carry out the appropriate safety measures and supervise the work. 

2. Planning

Not only is it safer to plan work in advance, but it also makes financial sense as you will be able to book equipment in advance and avoid paying a premium for late bookings. The exact process of how each piece of equipment is going to be used should be outlined for all workers to see and understand to further lessen the possibility of risks. It should also be taken into consideration which employees are trained to work with which equipment, or if any training courses need to be scheduled. 

3. Staying safe at height

Legally, all workers must be trained on how to safely work at height if they need to, especially if also dealing with a crane. The most common injuries are falls from individuals who are either distracted or fall victim to unsafe railings or flooring. Therefore, regular training is imperative so that all employees are aware of potential hazards and are able to follow safety regulations effectively. The government have put together some guidelines to help you stay safe whilst working at height. 

Crane safety with NMT Crane Hire

Here at NMT Crane Hire, we pride ourselves on building customer relationships and providing an excellent service. We have over 40 years of experience within this industry so we are able to provide knowledgeable advice on equipment and crane safety. If you would like to discuss hiring from us, please get in touch by calling 0800 026 6985 or you can fill in our contact form and we’ll get back to you shortly. 

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Career Pathways Within the Crane Industry

What are your options?

So you’ve made the decision that you would like to work within heavy construction. But it can be overwhelming knowing that there are a few different options out there for you to now explore. NMT Crane Hire help break down the different options available, to ensure you can make an informed decision on fulfilling the right career path within the crane industry.

Crane Operator

There is a lot more to this job title than what it suggests. As a crane operator, you are responsible for carrying out four main components, which consists of equipment maintenance, equipment set-up & dismantle, risk assessment, and lifting.

  • Equipment maintenance consists of regular check-ups and inspections to ensure all fluid levels are as they should be and everything is running smoothly.
  • Crane set-up and dismantle is one of the most crucial and important aspects of the crane operators role. Cranes work on a theory of balance and counterbalance, so it is critical that the crane is set up accordingly to ensure there aren’t any unbalances that could cause serious injury.
  • Risk assessment is an on-going activity that should be carried out prior to starting the job, assessing factors such as the loads that need lifting, the weight of the load and any environmental factors.
  • Following the other steps and making sure they are carried out efficiently and correctly, should mean that the lift is straight-forward.

Crane operators play an important role that involves patience, accuracy and great attention to detail that all contribute to playing a crucial part within working on a construction site.

Crane Inspector

Crane inspection is a serious responsibility to protect you and the safety of others within the worksite. As your role as a crane inspector, you have the responsibility of having the final word and approve of the last checks before giving the go-ahead. Other aspects of the job role consist of, detecting any signs of damage, defects or risk factors that could put workers in danger. Other responsibilities include visual and operational inspection of booms, gears, drums, sheaves, blocks, hooks, rigging, hydraulics as well as testing, interpretation of test results, and record keeping. In order to be an efficient crane inspector, you must have good sight and hearing and be free from any physical impairments as this could affect the ability to inspect in a safe way.

Crane Buyer/ Purchasing Agent

A buyers role or purchasing agent within the crane industry consists of the responsibility of the purchase of appropriate equipment for the job, whilst maximising productivity, ensuring good quality and complying with all safety regulations. Other duties within this job role consist of supervising the transport, storage and maintenance of all obtained equipment. The responsibility of a team is to provide excellent service in terms of the purchase of the products and services.

Cranes Salesperson/ Industrial Sales

Cranes sales and industrial sales represent and have the responsibility to cultivate and maintain good client relationships that promote business and prophet within the crane industry. The position is important for ensuring customer satisfaction and providing information to clients. It’s crucial that you are equipped with solid interpersonal skills and have the ability to connect with people as a sales representative is the companies public face.

Crane Engineer

In the crane industry, there are many pathways that fall under engineering. Some of which consist of, electrical, mechanical, and structural engineering, these roles tend to be more of the design and product development elements of crane engineer work, ensuring that the products produced are versatile and durable, powerful and safe to use. Field engineers within the crane industry typically oversee the construction and assembling of the equipment on site. Project engineers tend to project manage by budgeting, scheduling and planning ahead for big-scale projects.

Quality Assurance Manager 

Maintaining standards and good quality machinery is just as important as designing and buying. Keeping conditions safe and following regulations is an important role that comes with plenty of responsibility. Continuing to carry-out good quality standards is crucial to any manufacturer within the crane industry. This job role consists of carefully inspecting products and materials, looking out for any warning signs of damage or deviation that do not coincide with the manufacturer’s standards

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If you have any further questions about jobs within the crane industry, or you are interested in any of the services we offer, please get in touch by filling out our online enquiry form or give us a call today on 0800 026 6985

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Different Types Of Cranes: Tower v Mobile

The choice of crane you decide on hiring can have a big impact on the work you will be undergoing. Although there are plenty of different types of cranes, we typically narrow our cranes down to just two, mobile cranes and tower cranes. They have proved to be popular, efficient and each has strengths and weaknesses which make them unique to one another. In this blog post, we will describe in detail the benefits and functions of both cranes, helping to distinguish which of the two would be more favourable to you.

The Tower Crane

The tower crane is one of the most commonly used cranes for transporting and loading the largest and heaviest materials. They easily surpass other different types of cranes lifting capabilities and power due to its precision, efficiency and stability, in addition to their incredible power and strength, another characteristic’s tower cranes hold is their impressive height abilities as their height capacity can rarely be matched by any other type of crane. The tower crane has become a key component within the construction industry, due to the varied operations they can help facilitate.

Tower Crane Advantages

– Tower Cranes are able to outperform the loading and lifting capacity of any other crane.

Their height capacity cannot be paired with any other type of crane.

They have immense stability and can bear the most difficult lifting operations.

Tower Crane Disadvantages

– Tower cranes are notoriously expensive to buy and hire. They require money, time and effort to be manoeuvred and operated.

Tower cranes come with a high maintenance cost for repairs and depreciation

They are a difficult task to install

The Mobile Crane

The mobile crane is a cable-operated crane that is mounted on crawlers or wheels, designed to transport goods easily from site to site. They have an independently working hydraulic system and can range from a fairly simple machine, designed with a telescopic boom on its platform, to a giant crane, clamped and equipped with a diverse range of attachments.

Although they are significantly smaller than the average crane, they have many advantages. They have a great ability to access small and awkward areas, that many other different types of cranes couldn’t access freely. This crane is also powerful enough to lift, hoist and carry heavy materials to great heights. Due to their size, they are generally simple machines and are low-maintenance to assemble and dismantle. The comparison for the amount of power you need to set up a tower crane is enormous in comparison to the little energy a mobile crane requires.

Advantages of Mobile Cranes

– Mobile cranes are easier and faster to set up in comparison to other different types of cranes, making lifting operations more practical.

Mobile cranes do not require a lot of space, due to their flexibility and ability to access areas where other different types of cranes cannot access or reach.

They are a more cost-effective option as well as being more environmentally friendly in comparison to other cranes that are available to hire.

Practicality

There are many different lifting operations where using a tower crane is not a practical option. Operations that go ahead such as statue lifting or indoor lifts, which cannot be carried out using a tower crane, in some cases, it would be more beneficial to use a mobile crane from a construction point of view.

Mobility is another point to put across, the difference between mobile cranes and tower cranes is how they manoeuvre. As their names suggest, mobile cranes are able to move around independently whereas tower cranes are fixated to a single spot once they are set up. Mobile cranes are capable to move from site to site and are roadworthy, unlike the tower crane that cannot move around once set-up.

The versatility of the mobile crane exceeds the ability and capacities of most different types of cranes which give the crane dominance over others. However, the tower crane is the ideal machine for the operation of lifts on intense and heavy-duty construction sites.

NMT Crane Hire Services

Here at NMT Crane Hire, we pride ourselves on the strong reputation we have, based on our quality service and experience we have built up over the past 20 years in the industry. We continue to invest in new technology that you can feel confident in us ensuring we meet all of your needs.

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If you require any further information on the different types of cranes we have available here at NMT Crane Hire, please visit our plant and crane hire page on the other products we provide, speak to one of our friendly professionals by filling out an online form or give us a call today on 0800 026 6985

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How Temperature Can Affect Crane Safety

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How Temperature Can Affect Crane Safety

Working in construction can often strike up many complications when it comes to the weather. The winter brings the bitter cold, the rain and snow that can be problematic and time-consuming to your work schedule, whilst the summer can bring dry and hot conditions that can also cause major issues. Using heavy lifting equipment can be dangerous on a good day, but when you’re working in difficult weather conditions, crane safety becomes so much more important. This blog will explain how temperatures can affect your crane safety and the impact this can have on you as a worker. We will explain what you need to do to stay safe and how to keep your equipment in good condition.

Hot and Dry Weather

Operating cranes in hot temperatures can cause major issues in delaying and causing damage to your work. Hot weather conditions can cause issues such as rapid evaporation and absorption of water from mortar when there is a lack of moisture within construction materials; this can have a dangerous and negative effect when handling and lifting them with cranes. Ultimately, you need to be examining the materials before handling, lifting and moving them to protect yourself from accidents occurring.

When practising crane safety within hot conditions, it’s important to remember that heat can reduce the effectiveness of your crane seals. When these seals are damaged, this can lead to other broken parts causing further issues down the line. It is very important that you do not expose your seals to direct sunlight to prevent damaging your equipment (especially in hot conditions).

Operating cranes in hot weather can often form dust and dirt if cranes are not cleaned, maintained and looked after efficiently, the accumulation of dirt can cause problems with equipment. Make sure you are cleaning and lubricating your equipment to avoid damage and practise thorough crane safety to keep yourself and others from causing a potential accident.

Working outdoors in the heat can not only cause problems with the machinery, but it can also cause stress and discomfort for workers. As an employer, it’s your job to make sure your workers are safe and follow the correct guidelines that have been set out. We would suggest:

-Workers are made aware of the symptoms related to heatstroke/ stress.
-Workers are taking frequent, short breaks to ensure they can take a rest in the shade and keep hydrated.
-Workers should be wearing weather-appropriate clothing and protection in the heat.
-Ensure workers wear SPF/ sun cream or have this available for them to use.

Cold Weather Conditions

Working with cranes and other heavy lifting equipment in cold temperatures can have a really negative effect on crane operations. The cold weather can reduce cranes precision and strength, causing them to fail. Every area of the crane can be negatively affected by cold temperatures. So extra precautions need to be taken, especially when the temperature drops below 0 degrees.

Not only can the cold temperatures be dangerous and have a negative effect on the crane machinery and practising crane safety, it can also become a big danger to those who are having to work in the conditions. Physical effects from working in the harsh conditions can lead to frostbite, hypothermia and pneumonia. In order to combat crane safety and general well-being of construction workers, it is important that your company has a plan for coping with the cold temperature.

Things you can do to prevent danger can consist of:
Covering all skin exposed
Maintaining dry hands and feet using a moisturiser
Taking frequent breaks into the warmth/ regular hot drinks
Plenty of layers and extra pairs of socks
Keeping hydrated to regulate body temperature

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If you would like any more information on crane safety, or you would be interested in learning more about the services NMT Crane Hire provides, please get in touch with one of our friendly team members by calling us on 0800 026 6985, or fill out one of our online enquiry forms.

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Top Reasons for Crane Hire

Top Reasons for Crane Hire

Crane hire is used for various different reasons; some are more common than others. Different types of cranes can also be hired for different types of jobs. In particular, the most common cranes’ people hire are mobile cranes and tower cranes. Mobile cranes are fantastic for various different tasks and jobs due to their versatility. Below, we’ve shared a few of the top reasons people need crane hire.

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Construction

When you go to a construction site, what’s the first thing you’ll usually see? Cranes! Construction work is one of the most common reasons people use crane hire. Construction can involve a lot of working at height and lifting heavy objects, which is where crane hire comes in very handy. Heavy haulage cranes are particularly popular with construction projects. Mobile cranes are great for when the site is slightly smaller as they have excellent mobility and versatility.

Film & TV

Film and TV is another popular reason to use crane hire. Everyone loves a stunt scene in a film, but not many tend to think about what’s gone on behind the scenes when shooting it. More often than not, a crane has been used to help with the shooting. For example, do you remember the helicopter roof scene in World War Z? A crane was used to help with the filming of the helicopter.

Crane Hire Saves Money

Above, we’ve shared some of the projects crane hires is used for, but why do people opt for hiring over buying a crane? One of the main reasons is that it saves money. Not only is it already cheaper to hire than buy but you won’t have to worry about maintenance or storage costs which will, therefore, save you money in the long run! In addition to this, if you only need it for one project, there’s no point in buying one just for that.

Contact

To find out more about crane hire, get in touch with the team at NMT Crane Hire Ltd. Give us a call on 0800 026 6985 or fill out our online contact form and a member of the team will contact you as soon as possible.

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How the Tower Crane Helped Build the Burj Khalifa

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How the Tower Crane Helped Build the Burj Khalifa

The Burj Khalifa is now the tallest and most established building in the world. From the initial designing of the building back in 2004 to the finished product when it was finally opened in 2010, so much thought, effort and manual labour had to be considered when building this magnificent structure. From the concrete foundations to the steeple at the top, the building stands at precisely 830m or 2716.5 feet. Just to give you some perspective, another large building you will be familiar with is the Empire State Building, which stands at381m (1250 feet). The Burj Khalifa is the 21st century’s eighth wonder of the world and has set many records in architectural affluence.

The backbone behind this amazement is a lot of man-hours. 22 million hours to be exact. This involved 60 different contracting and consulting companies with the help of 12,000 workers every day for 6 years to help contribute to the construction of the building. With the collaboration of assistance and aid of the tower crane, 163 floors; 58 lifts ( which run speed of 10 metres per second) 304 hotels and 900 apartments were assembled within the building.

How Cranes Helped Build The Burj Khalifa

Without the help and source of the tower crane, or tower crane(s) and other high-level cranes, none of this work would ever have been possible. The machines were working 24 hours for the majority of the production, with about 35 machine workers operating them around the clock. The loads on the cranes normally consisted of holding heavy steels; welding and scaffolding equipment. Diesel was also carried to help power the tower crane.

The assembling of the tower crane was pretty straight forward, as this required sections of the crane being moved up to a higher level. However, the dismantling of these cranes was not as smooth running. The first crane was lowered in 2007, another the year after, leaving one prominent crane stuck at the top. This left people wondering if this would be achievable to dismantle and descend. Another smaller crane was sent up to support and dismantle some aspects, then lowered. The last few components of the crane were dismantled automatically and independently. The disassembling process of the Burj Khalifa had to be an organised and well-formulated operation for everything to run as smoothly as possible.

The Burj Khalifa is the monarch of all architecture projects and nothing like we have ever seen before. This is and will continue to be a dazzling asset to the United Arab Emirates… until the next big skyscraper is designed (with of course the help of many different cranes.)

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If you would like to speak to one of our professionals regarding any sort of crane hire, please fill out an online enquiry form or give us a call today on 0800 026 6985