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The Importance of Planning a Lifting Operation

The Importance of Planning a Lifting Operation

By on Dec 28, 2015 in News | 0 comments

  Lifting operations are a very intricate process which when not done properly may lead to devastating consequences such as damage to property and injury  or even loss of life. Although the process may seem simple – pick up the material and set it over – it is far  easier said than done. A single operation may take several man hours and a huge amount of  brainstorming among engineers, project managers, operators, estimators, signal men, and many more. This being said, one of the most essential aspects of  the entire process is the planning stage. Why Plan a Lifting Operation? Planning a lifting operation is very essential for one main reason – variables. Every project or operation is different from the other; what may have worked last time may not work the next time simply because there are several variables involved, and these variables may differ in several aspects as well. Some of these variables include: site location, ground condition, environment, proximity hazards, power and water lines, suspended loads, and several others. Site Visit and Work Designation Before a team is able to plan a lifting operation, a site visit is necessary to make certain that all essential information are gathered. This will give the team a full understanding of the requirement to accomplish the job efficiently, effectively and safely. The plan should also set out clearly the step by step process of the operation, including who are involved and the designated responsibilities of each personnel. Additionally, all foreseeable risks should be addressed in the plan to ensure the safety of all people involved. Appropriate Equipment and Accessories Included in the plan is determining the appropriate crane and equipment for the operation. Some of the things to be considered in picking the right crane are: the capabilities and limitations of the crane, the method of work it can undertake, the safe working load, outrigger loadings, and the dimensions, weigh and overall set-up. Safety devices such as shut down valves, slewing restrictions, spark arrestors and anti-collision lights will also have to be fitted if needed. Additionally, the right accessories that suite the operation will be determined. Some of the considerations to be included are: number or accessories needed, compatibility, suitability,...

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91 Freeway Expansion Project

91 Freeway Expansion Project

By on Dec 21, 2015 in News | 0 comments

As Southern California’s leading crane service provider, Hill Crane Service already has a proven track record in a wide range of industries – from refinery work to electrical infrastructure. In addition to our growing list of completed projects, we are proud to announce our contribution to the completion of 91 freeway expansion project in Southern California. The key to completing this project was maximizing the use of our Liebherr LTM 1400-7.1 (500 Ton) and Link-Belt HTC 8690 (90 Ton). Using these cranes made it possible to lift, move and transport the cages that are 80′ long and weighed about 80,000 lbs. Working with a challenging environment plus the unstable nature of the cages proved that Hill Crane can complete any project despite all the challenges. We would like to thank all those who helped us to complete this project, especially the involvement and coordination of locals and state agencies to close major southern California freeway while we positioned the crane on the 15 freeway to install the cage. This involvement was vital to the completion and success of the...

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Safety Meeting

Safety Meeting

By on Dec 15, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Hill Crane will be holding its last safety meeting of the year on December 19th. Various safety topics will be discuss to further improve the safety practices implemented within the company as we put safety as our top priority. Safety is the cornerstone of our success and part of our corporate DNA. Every employee of Hill Crane Service is trained from day one to respect and live up to our longstanding culture of safe, healthy working conditions. Hill Crane will also hand out safety awards to crews with outstanding safety and customer service for the year. This is the opportunity to recognize the good work of our employees and teams, and it also gives the opportunity for them to be recognized on the spot for their own good work. Hill Crane gives value to its employee as they are the backbone of the business. Presenting these awards would not compare to the significant amount of effort and time invested by our...

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What to look for in Choosing a Crane Service Company 

What to look for in Choosing a Crane Service Company 

By on Nov 30, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Big projects just like building tall structures are usually in need of heavy machines and equipment to be able to lift, move and carry heavy materials. Because of this, hiring crane service is the best option. There are many advantages associated with hiring crane service. With many companies offering crane service, it is more difficult to decide who to contact. Before you finally make a decision to avail the service What factors should be considered when looking for a crane hire services? Check the availability of cranes along with other necessary accessories. Make sure the company can deliver the cranes in time. All contracts has to be in place. Read the contract agreement in detail before signing. Check their license and permits. Make sure the license is actually up to date to avoid future issues. Check the current condition of the machine. Crane hire companies maintain the machines in top order. Each crane must go through regular maintenance and companies should have record of these inspections. Always check who is going to operate the machine. A fully trained and licensed crane operators should only operate the machine for a safe and smooth operation. A crane company must provide an onsite supervisor for a successful operation. One way to check the company’s credibility is looking at testimonials of previous clients. It will eventually give an idea if the company is reliable. The company should be accompanied with insurance. With an increasing number of construction projects, the demand for crane service also increases. To be able to get the best crane service, one should consider the factors given above. Hiring a crane service will not only save you money but it will make your project a success. If you are in need of a reliable and best crane service in Southern California, contact Hill Crane! We have been in the crane service industry for more than 60 years. Check out our media page for photos and list of projects we’ve successfully...

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Traffic Engineers: Our Road Heroes

Traffic Engineers: Our Road Heroes

By on Nov 23, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Have you ever wonder why or how engineers work just to make sure that traffic jams and traffic accidents are eliminated? The duties of a traffic engineer may look easy to do but knowing what they really do will make us appreciate their job. Who are traffic engineers? Over time people who own and operate cars increase rapidly. This has resulted in traffic road issues and increased concern on finding ways to better use the existing road system. Traffic engineers promote safe traffic conditions by planning, designing, examining road conditions and giving roadway solution that will result to smooth and efficient traffic flow. They apply engineering principles that help solve transportation problems by considering different factors. Duties and Responsibilities Perform inspection and field surveys Make recommendations for the improvement of traffic conditions Install and maintenance of traffic control signs and devices Recommend traffic safety enhancement projects Analyze accident statistics Study parking and traffic congestion issues Examine how equipment or road alterations could improve traffic conditions Propose changes to develop most efficient methods to ease traffic flow Monitor the operation of the road system Analyze the impact of transportation engineering projects Plan construction of highway and road infrastructures that promote efficient traffic flow Supervise road construction projects to assure compliance with city guidelines Education The educational requirements for traffic engineer position varies. Most jobs require a college degree in civil engineering, urban planning, or a related field. Skills Required Strong analytical and computation skills to handle data for analyzing road traffic conditions Computer skills and ability to design engineering projects. Excellent comprehension Must have a strong understanding of road safety laws Knowledge of the principles and practices of Traffic Engineering Effectively communicate concerns, solution and proposals with the public, consultants and private entity Understanding of social, cultural and technological factors that may result to road congestion. Extremely...

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Lift Operation: Assessing the Project Site

Lift Operation: Assessing the Project Site

By on Nov 17, 2015 in News | 0 comments

  Evaluating the site is an important part of any lifting project. It is important to have knowledge about the project site and nearby areas for it can greatly affect the work flow. Site information are vital in planning and a big deciding factor for the entire project. Being aware about the work place is also an important safety factor. Ground Status Is the ground condition favorable to support the heaviness of the crane and the materials it is going to lift? Assessment of the ground conditions must be part of the planning process. Ensure that the ground is stable enough to sustain the loads imposed by the crane. The crane should be able to rotate in 360° without touching any object or structure. The area should also allow the assembling and disassembling both for crane and the load. Power lines, water lines and sewers First step is to identify power lines, sewers and drains within the workplace. Consult the owners of the lines so that the proposed plan of work can be discussed. Make sure that no lines would be affected. Coordinate with the local government to ensure you comply with the laws. Roads Traffic Plan Hazards related to public roads as well as road traffic need to be considered as part of lifting plan. The management should talk to other contractors and client before working to make sure that all hazards are manage. Road traffic plan for road closure, alternative routes and sign and barriers should also be included. The area for lifting operation should have warning and guide signs to inform road users about the presence of work ahead. All signs must be reflective. Sign should be place in a visible spot where it can be seen easily. Signs should be readable and the distance of the sign is adequately spaced for the drivers to have time reading each one. Barriers should be located in way that road users will have sufficient distance to stop at an intended stopping point. Existing Structures Are there buildings or structure near the area? Consideration must be given to existing structures like buildings, houses, and park for these can slow down or limit the work. Notify owners about the work to...

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