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Southern Cross Engineering installs first Konecranes NZ gantry crane with sway control for roofing specialist Metalcraft
Roofing specialist Metalcraft is benefitting from the safety and efficiency of the first ever Konecranes gantry crane with sway control in New Zealand, installed by Southern Cross Engineering.............
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The 20t maximum capacity, 470tm CTT 472-20 flat top brings a new cab to the Terex tower crane range, with improved controls, a choice of high capacity and energy efficient operating modes, and mast and jib sections with ladders and lifelines preinstalled for safe access and assembly.
Heavy Lift Design, a member of the Crane Association of New Zealand has been appointed the official agent for Raimondi Cranes in New Zealand.
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The Land Transport Rule worktime and logbook amendment 2009 was issued on the 1st April 2009 and provides an exemption by vehicle type through inserting an amendment to Clause 4.4 of the Rule by inserting the following subclause:
"4.4(9) The driver of a mobile crane does not have to maintain a logbook. [Note: "Mobile Crane" is a defined term.]"
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Operating cranes across pedestrian walkways and occupied buildings is an inherent risk where Regulation 6 of the Health and Safety at Work Regulations, the Hierarchy of Controls, must apply (Isolating the hazard giving rise to the risk to prevent any person coming into contact with it). The Crane Safety Manual v3.1 (Section 2, pg 12) states "Keep out of the danger zone which includes the:
This did not happen in this New York crane incident.
Terex Cranes has upgraded its line of tower cranes with the addition of the new Terex® SK 452-20 hammerhead tower crane.
Featuring several mechanical and structural enhancements, the SK 452-20 hammerhead tower crane has a maximum capacity of 20 tonnes (22 US tons) and a jib tip capacity of 2.5 tonnes (2.75 US tons).
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WorkSafe has advised through on-site observation that there is an increasing trend where crane operators do not have lift plans when carrying out lifts
Just a reminder that the lift plan should be reviewed on the site before commencing the lift by all persons involved in the lift
Ref: Crane Safety Manual Section 9, Part B, Pg 4.
There is also a trend to a lesser extent where operators are not carrying out pre-start checks.
Crane operators are responsible for carrying out pre-start checks in accordance with:
If there is an incident where the operator does not have a lift plan, or pre-start checks were not carried out then the company may be liable for not exercising due diligence and failing to comply with their duty and obligations.
Ref: Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 Section 44 (1) and Section 44 (4)(c).
Just a reminder that the Association provides lift plan pads through the Crane Shop (www.shop.cranes.org.nz)
Mamut de Colombia building a new metro line in Panama City using several Liebherr mobile cranes
· LTM 1500-8.1 and LTM 1400-7.1 used in tandem.
· Hoisting work only possible during the night
· 1640 U-shaped beams to be installed by the end of 2018.
Ehingen/ Donau (Germany) March 2017 – Colombian crane contractor Mamut de Colombia is currently working on the construction of metro line 2 in Panama City. This involves two Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 mobile cranes and a Liebherr LTM 1400-7.1 crane hoisting a total of 1640 U-shaped concrete beams weighing up to 161 tonnes onto prefabricated pillars by the end of 2018.
The current population of Panama City, the capital of Panama, is around 3.35 million people. To date, Panama City has only had a single metro line. As a result of heavy traffic and the resulting pollution, Panama City council decided to build a second metro line. This will have a total length of 21 km and will run between San Miguelito and Nuevo Tocumen. There will be 16 stations along the full route with links to existing bus lines and taxis. When it is completed, the metro line will be able to carry 16,000 passengers per hour.
As a result of the heavy traffic during the day, the U-shaped beams measuring 20 and 30 metres in length and five metres in width, have to be hoisted into place during the night. As from 10 pm the main road is closed and the men from Mamut move the assembled mobile cranes into position. A maximum of two U-shaped beams can be hoisted into place and installed during a night shift which lasts until 5 am.
Mamut de Colombia, based in Tocancipa near Bogotá operates around 50 cranes. Its main activities comprise crane work and heavy haulage for industry and the electrical, mining, oil and construction trades.
LTM 1400-7.1 and LTM 1500-8.1 in a tandem lift.
Hoisting a U-shaped beam onto the supports.
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