Bespoke Crane Lifting System

Sites should always be seeking better ways of working to maximise efficiency and ensure on-site safety.

See the examples below for how one site addressed this:

  • The project required the use of a cantilever crane loading platform to install bathroom pods. However, the platform could not accommodate the tall pods and could not be stacked vertically.
  • A supplier developed a bespoke design to allow flush floor access and also incorporated a removable section with additional safety gates.
  • The multi-floor loading system allows construction materials to be lifted by crane directly from transport to the required floor, thus increasing efficiency.
  • Benefits of the system include:
    – The ability to transfer materials directly from transport to the required floors, reducing the amount of materials storage required on site and therefore reducing weather damage to materials.
    – The system was installed in a vertical ‘stack’ allowing the rest of the building to be enclosed, enabling internal fit out works to commence earlier than planned.
    – Reduced manual handling by site operatives.
    – Where possible, suppliers were asked to package materials into ‘craneable’ loads to reduce the amount of ‘double handling’ of materials on site.
    – Simple and safe system to use with no exposure of operatives to open edges.
  • The system could also be used for removing waste from site as the crane could lower waste directly into the skip on the ground below, removing the need for carrying waste down to the skip and reducing skip lorry movements to and from site.
  • The product was pioneered on this site but is now available for use by other contractors.

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Monitor report. Metnor Construction Ltd. Tyne & Wear. January 2018.

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