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Crane Work Area Safety

Crane work area safety

With loads coming in at more than 100 tons, suspended 200 feet in the air, experienced operators are an absolute must for any heavy lifting project. Without proper lift engineering, the operator, ground crew, load, and machinery itself can be compromised. Many of these safety steps happen before the load is even off the ground.

 

However, If not paying attention during any part of the lift, ground crews could be putting themselves in grave danger. Constant communication is key, from the riggers to the operators, and everyone else in the crane work area.

The majority of accidents happen at pinch-points, where an inattentive crew member could find himself bruised, battered, bashed - or worse. These points can be found within the load itself, between the load and the rigging, or between a literal rock and hard place.

For example, an uneven load could suddenly shift when the load is first lifted. A misplaced hand could get caught between heavy wooden beams, steel girders, or whatever is being lifted. The lift needs to be halted, load lowered, and secured before the extraction can begin - an eternity if it’s your hand that’s stuck.

This is where a properly trained rigging crew is invaluable. Using hand signals to communicate with the crane operator, immediate action can be taken if something goes wrong. The rigging crew will also make sure the load is properly loaded to prevent any shifting during the lift.

Crew members should also be aware of safety hazards around the load. Getting caught between a large storage container and a load that unexpectedly swings does not make for a good day at the office. Being aware of these dangerous situations should be part of safety planning for every job.

Even before the crew arrives at the job site, steps can be taken for safety. Long shirt sleeves, oversized sweatshirts, or baggy pants can all get caught in a pinch point if the crew member isn’t careful. Long hair should also be secured and gloves should be well-fitted.

A dangerous situation can present itself in an instant, that’s why NessCampbell employs regionally based safety professionals throughout Washington and Oregon. Through proper planning and preparation, as well as healthy amounts of precaution, pinch points and other dangerous situations can easily be mitigated.

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Preparing for Plant Relocation with Crane Service

Plant relocation NessCampbell

Has your plant manager told you the existing facility won’t handle the additional volume? Does the sales team want the plant to be closer to key customers for faster service? Has finance recommended a move to a more affordable space? Well, buckle up – it’s time to prepare for a plant relocation.

   

Steps for preparing and executing plant relocation

Here's a road map to guide you as you collaborate with your plant engineering team and your contractors to get your plant relocation completed.

  1. 1. Review and update facility and equipment layout drawings. This map and inventory of your plant and current equipment helps you understand what needs to be moved out and how to move it into the new facility. Spot check details such as equipment size and quantity, building column placement, utility location, presence of pits and trenches and aisle sizes. And note items that may not show up on layouts such as cranes or conveyors.
  2. 2. Identify assets to move to the new facility. Create a spreadsheet or database listing equipment you plan to move. Use a tagging system to label any equipment lacking a clear identification number. During this process, note the condition of the equipment – this helps you decide if the cost to relocate and repair equipment is more than the cost to replace. And your notes will be helpful to assess equipment condition after the move.
  3. 3. Evaluate the utility and structural requirements. Your team will need to verify the utility installation plan is correct, and coordinate with structural engineers about overhead requirements for cranes, monorails, tooling rails and conveyors.
  4. 4. Develop a transport and shipping plan. The new location will affect how equipment is packaged – longer distances, for example, may mean equipment needs to be dismantled and shipped in pieces, and may need to be packaged to withstand the journey. Decisions should be also made about whether to relocate the plant in increments, sequencing equipment moves over time or maximize cost efficiency by completing the move all at once.
  5. 5. Create a plant relocation schedule. A timetable will start evolving as you work through the initial steps of the plant relocation. The schedule may include time to ramp down production at your current facility and ramp up at the new location, which could affect the sequence of equipment transferred to the new site. Your contractor should be able to work with you on a realistic timetable that considers your internal timelines and your budget.
  6. 6. Provide equipment relocation instructions. When working with contractors, be sure to provide information about disconnecting, dismantling, cleaning, crating, loading, protecting, shipping, unloading and startup of the equipment after the move. Include the equipment list and drawings prepared earlier to help your teams verify the relocation happens as planned.

Questions to Ask when Selecting a Contractor for Plant Relocation

When choosing a contractor to support your plant relocation, use this checklist to find a specialist who can provide the level of service you need.

  • - Does the contractor have experience with complex relocations, including disassembling, moving, transporting, reassembling and installation of equipment?
  • - What types of facilities are available for loading?
  • - Is storage available and if so, is it indoor, outdoor, or both?
  • - Does the supplier have strong partnerships with mechanical and electrical contractors for moves involving boilers, transformers and switchgears?
  • - Is precision equipment available to move fragile and valuable machinery?
  • - Can the contractor customize equipment and technologies to meet your needs?

Although we’ve shared the major activities involved with plant relocation, we understand facility moves can present challenges. Having our relocation team stand shoulder to shoulder with you throughout the process can help you find solutions to the unexpected and course correct for success.

Crane service Portland, Oregon

Need industrial crane service and specialized transportation, or help with a turnkey relocation? Contact NessCampbell Crane and Rigging – whether you move 1 mile or 100 miles, we’ll get the job done right, from start to finish.

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Truck Driving Safety

Truck Safety NessCampbell

Rushing around to meet deadlines is a standard operating procedure in many industries. Truck driving, however, may be the only business where operators are directly responsible for moving several tons of material or machinery over hundreds of miles in a day or two.

   

Even the most experienced truck drivers can find themselves in a precarious situation if they aren’t sensitive to their surroundings at all times. In addition to being on the road, pre-trip checks and destination inspections are crucial to make sure the load - and truck - gets delivered safely and on time.

Every trip can be different. But by following a few simple rules, drivers can make them as consistent as possible. By minimizing the opportunity for mishaps, they can maximize their chances of avoiding issues all along the trip.

Before you hit the road

There are a few steps big rig drivers can take before even getting into the cab of their trucks. Checking weather conditions reports along the route allows drivers to prepare for slick roads, low visibility, and other unsafe situations. Allowing for more time on the road or making sure snow chains are in good working order are just a few things to think about.

Depending on the length of the drive, looking at traffic reports can save time, too. Driving through a construction area? Roads blocked due to heavy snowfall? Hitting a city during peak rush-hour traffic? A little pre-trip planning can save a lot of big headaches.

A GPS system can be a driver’s best friend. Drivers need to make sure it is working properly and inspect the route beforehand. However, drivers can’t plan for a five-car accident on a major thoroughfare. With a GPS, drivers have access to all available information as soon as possible.

On the Road

No matter if it’s a VW Bug or an 18-wheeler hauling industrial air-conditioning units, drivers needs to be aware at all times. However, a split-second decision by the big rig can have a much larger impact on the vehicles around them.

The key is to remove as many of those situations as possible. This means:

  • Know the surroundings
  • Always have an out
  • Leave space in front of the truck
  • Stay put
  • Use extra caution at night
  • Be well rested

Pretty common sense stuff, right? If all motorists conducted themselves in this way, there would be far fewer accidents on the road. But they don’t, so truck drivers need to be extra wary. By knowing what’s in front, behind, and on either side of the truck, drivers can anticipate potential problems.

This means truck drivers should have an “escape” plan at the ready. This could be slowing down a little bit if brake lights starting appearing down the road or determining if the shoulder can be used to avoid an issue. It can be annoying to have other cars zipping by, but moving a little slower will give truck drivers better reaction times. And it’s even more annoying to rear-end a vehicle.

For example, if a highway on-ramp is coming up in a mile, drivers of large trucks can start planning for vehicles entering the roadway or just moving one lane over to avoid merging altogether. Most of the time, it’s advisable to stay in one lane as much possible to cut down on interaction with other drivers.

While driving at night allows drivers more breathing room and increased speeds, visibility is next to nothing. This is especially important when leaving a filling station or store when ditches on the side of the road aren’t as visible. By moving a little slower, and with more care, issues can be avoided.

It’s easier to be alert when a truck driver is well rested. Driver safety can be greatly increased with a good night of rest, or even using a rest stop to get out and rest the brain. A short walk, load inspection, or truck and trailer check can reinvigorate a driver.

You have reached your destination

Finally reaching the end of the line is a great feeling, but the safe driving tips aren’t quite done. Especially in unfamiliar areas, park the truck in a safe place and walk the delivery area. What could be more frustrating than driving several hundred miles incident free only to get stuck over the final few feet?

Obstacles may not be readily visible from the cab, especially at night. Once the driver gets a lay of the land, it’s a more comfortable job to finish the delivery and leave the area when unloading is all done.

At NessCampbell, safety is a top priority. All of our vehicles are inspected beforehand and our drivers are experienced by driving all over the Pacific Northwest. Our Heavy Haul division specializes in moving large industrial machinery and are experts in the field.

Getting ready for a big move? Call NessCampbell today to make sure your load arrives safely and on time.

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Power Line Safety

Power line safety NessCampbell

When dealing with cranes that reach hundreds of feet into the air, we have to be aware of everything in the work area. In urban areas, some rural areas, or large manufacturing facilities, that means dealing with overhead power lines.

   

Power lines are no joke. Electric shocks can severely injure or even kill. For that reason, basic minimum distances have been established nationwide. In Washington State, there must be at least 20 feet of clearance when a power line is energized. If very high voltage wires are present (more than 350 kV), that distance grows to 50 feet.

This includes at the job site as well as transportation to the job site, where low-hanging energized power lines can wreak havoc with route plans. The importance of a solid route plan cannot be overstated here.

Planning Meeting

So what steps can be taken? Reviewing the job site before work begins is obviously a must. At this point, the crew can measure how much clearance is available throughout the entire operation. From there, the decision can be made for delivery of cranes and how the cranes will be assembled and disassembled.

If possible, initiate contact with a power company to find out what kind of power lines you will be dealing with. If feasible, the utility may be able to de-energize or even relocate power lines for a period of time. However, if this will cause undue hardship on residential or business customers, moving the power lines might not be an option.

At this time, warning guides can be determined to give the operator visible cues to clearances. These could be elevated warning lines, barricades, or even a line painted on the ground. An experienced, dedicated spotter must also be used when power lines are present. There must always be an open line of communication between the crane operator and spotter.

Other safety tips

Even with days of planning, unforeseen circumstances could put the crane, operator, and ground crew in grave danger. This could be something as simple as an unexpected wind gust blowing the load dangerously close to a power line all the way up to gross negligence. In either case, knowing what to do in case of contact with power lines could save your life.

If a crane does come in contact with a power line, remember that the crane, as well as the ground around it, will become energized. Without getting too technical, the human body can withstand contact with consistent voltage. By taking your one foot off the ground, the voltage level will change between the two feet, causing a current. This current is what can cause serious injury.

The crane, load, and even the ground all conduct electricity differently and that’s what makes it so dangerous. So while the crane operator may be completely safe, anyone on the ground touching the crane will experience different (and deadly) levels voltage at the same time.

If there is contact and the ground becomes energized, don’t move! Keep your feet close together and arms to your side. If you must leave the area, shuffle along the ground, keeping your feet as close together as possible.

The crane operator should immediately reverse course to break contact with the line. This why a dedicated spotter is so important - the operator may not even be aware contact was made! Once contact is broken, keep an eye on the line as it could have been damaged or weakened during the event. Have someone outside of the energized area call 911 and, once it has been established the area is no longer energized, seek medical care.

NessCampbell prides itself on our safety record but understands that accidents happen. We have a full-time Safety Department and our crews are well-trained in safety procedures. If your job site needs a crane, give us call. We take all safety precautions seriously and will keep your work site safe for operators, ground crews, and the public at large.

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What’s the Science Behind Crane Rigging?

The science behind rigging NessCampbell

Rigging services play a critical role in the safe operation of cranes for lifting loads. Most objects lifted by crane rigging are fundamentally the same. Shape, weight, and rigging may vary, but the loads always live under the hook.

   

Getting rigging services right requires mathematics, geoengineering, and mechanical information. To ensure teams understand each project, riggers outline the requirements and plan for lifting using a crane and components.

Several interrelated, complex characteristics of a load project are measured and considered during crane rigging:

Load Details

Crucial information for the rigging services plan includes the following characteristics of the load:
  • - load weight
  • - load dimensions (length, width, depth)
  • - center of gravity
  • - lift / sling points
  • - pickup radios
  • - location radius
  • - lift height
  • - total weight (load and all accessories)
  • - Crane Capability

The load details of the project plan will be matched against crane capacity information. A crane load chart is used to identify the appropriate machine for the project, based on several characteristics:

  • - capacity
  • - length of jib
  • - outrigger spread and load
  • - ground bearing capacity
  • - counterweights required
  • - crane weight
  • - crane make/model
  • - Ground Condition

In addition to having the right equipment, crane rigging involves working with geo-technical engineers to ensure the ground can support the load and the crane. More specifically, the area must meet these criteria:

  • - the ground, if back-filled, was compacted to provide a solid surface
  • - the area has no voids or underground services that will weaken the surface
  • - adequate space is available to extend outrigger jacks and beams
  • - load rigger mats are available if hydraulic mobile cranes are used
  • - access roads and final load location can accommodate the load weight
  • - any large trees or buildings are noted along the project route

Rigging Plan

With project, equipment, and location specifications outlined, rigging services teams can create a rigging plan. The objective of the plan is to illustrate all connection points, forces applied and how the project will be slung together. The rigging plan is a detailed drawing showing the configuration of all load lifting points. It also provides information about the slings, shackles, ropes, blocks, and beams used during the project. Details gathered earlier in the planning process are incorporated into the rigging plan including:

  • - Load center of gravity
  • - Lifting gears or slings recommended
  • - Lifting capacity

Weather Conditions

Wind, temperature, and visibility can have an adverse effect on crane lifts and are considered during planning.

  • - For example, wind gusts of more than 15 miles per hour can cause postponement or cancellation.
  • - Temperatures below 10 F can impair crane hydraulics.
  • - Rain, fog or snow can negatively affect the visibility of the boom tip, operator, or the load.

Communication and Training Plan

Putting a communication and training plan in place for the site can improve project safety. This plan includes direction for:

  • - a system of signals the team knows how to use
  • - individual roles training
  • - a process for communicating across roles
  • - how signalers will be identified
  • - warning systems for keeping lift areas clear of non-essential personnel

The science behind crane rigging establishes good practices and correct lifting methods, showing how loadings can change significantly with only a few modifications. When large objects are moved efficiently and safely with minimal manual handling, major accidents can be avoided.

But planning and good communication are also key elements of good rigging services. Successfully controlling lift operations and using lift equipment safely takes management commitment, team competence, and appropriate resources.

The Number One Crane and Rigging Company in the Pacific Northwest

For more information about how NessCampbell Crane + Rigging can support your heavy machinery moving, rigging, erection, and assembly, contact our team. We understand the science behind crane rigging and will complete your project safely, on time, and cost effective.

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Are pre-trip inspections important?

Pre trip inspection importance NessCampbell

Whether you’re delivering a package across town, or heavy industrial machinery throughout a region, pre-trip inspections are vital. It’s better to discover potential issues before you leave than on the side of the road halfway to your destination. This includes a thorough investigation of the truck, trailer, and load.

   

By checking the following mechanical and safety parts of the truck and trailer, disaster can be avoided along the way:

  • - Brake systems
  • - Tire inflation and tread
  • - Fluids
  • - Lighting systems
  • - Suspension
  • - Couplers
  • - Steering

If any of the above does not get proper approval before leaving, drivers could run into unexpected complications. It’s bad enough dealing with the usual issues of hauling heavy loads hundreds of miles. Ignoring safety protocols before the truck leaves the dock could make things even more difficult.

Think checking fluids, lights, and other systems take too long? Imagine how much time would be wasted if the truck ends up on the side of the road due to faulty systems or an accident. It’s better to spend time an incident-free trip than spending time on the 5 o’clock news.

Load Security

All drivers are responsible for load security, whether it’s a flatbed, endloader or enclosed trailer. A poorly loaded trailer can result in customers receiving damaged or unusable loads, but could also affect the drivability of truck. By making sure weight is evenly distributed in the trailer, drivers can expect a smoother trip.

This becomes even more important with a flatbed trailer. A poorly secured load could work loose, sending materials onto the roadway, and endangering other cars in the area. Losing a load is bad enough, but causing an accident or fatality is catastrophic.

Finally, part of any pre-trip inspection should include consulting weather reports and checking traffic updates. Even if the truck is in top working condition, getting stuck in a snowstorm brings everything to screeching halt.

NessCampbell takes security very seriously and never lets a truck leave without a pre-trip inspection. In addition, we conduct maintenance check-ups on all of our vehicles to make sure they are in top working condition. Contact us today for all of your heavy haul needs.

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Wire rope specifications and uses

Wire rope specification and uses NessCampbell

Although it may look like a cable, a wire rope is a machine. By definition, a machine is a device that uses energy to perform force or motion. When a 6 x 25 wire rope bends, the 150 wires contained in its strands will move together and independently in a complex pattern around the core.

   

The balanced spaces between the strands and the wires allow movement and adjustment as the rope is used. Here’s an overview of wire rope specifications and its many applications.

Structure of Wire Rope

Regardless of size, wire rope contains four main components which provide the foundation for specifications:

Core. The center of the rope, made of natural fiber like sisal, synthetic plastic fibers or steel, supports the strands. The core improves wire rope strength and provides an anchor to help strands stay in position when the rope is under loading or bending stress.

Wire. Made from steel, iron, stainless steel or bronze, the wires make up individual strands and are the smallest part of a wire rope. Various grades are available to deliver a range of wire rope strength, curve and fatigue, wear and corrosion resistance.

Strand. Two or more wires are twisted in a specific pattern to form a strand. Strands are placed around the core in a spiral or helical pattern. Smaller diameter wires are used for more flexible strands. Larger diameter wires are used when resistance to abrasion is important.

Lubricants. Foams, mineral or petroleum oil or grease are used during the manufacturing process to protect the components and reduce friction as the wires move across each other.

Wire Rope Specifications

Wire rope specifications identify the strand pattern, which is determined by wire size, the wires per strand and the total number of strands.

Single Layer. A single wire center surrounded by six wires of the same diameter.

Filler Wire. The core has two layers of uniformed-size wire around it, with the inner layer wires numbering half those of the outer layer. Filler wires are placed in the valleys between the inner and outer layers.

Seale. Two layers made up of the same number of wires surround the core. The wires in the core and outer layer are the same diameter, with smaller wires used as the inner layer.

Warrington. The core is surrounded by an inner layer of the same diameter wires. The outer layer has two wire diameters, alternating small and large.

Combination. Two or more of the patterns noted above.

Other wire rope specifications include the finish, grade, lay and, core of the wires.

Wire finishes include the popular uncoated or bright high-carbon steel, zinc galvanized, zinc/aluminum coated and stainless steel.

Wire grades determine the wire rope strength and include improved plow steel (IPS), extra improved plow steel (EIPS) for 15% more strength, or extra extra improved plow steel (EEIPS) for 10% more strength over EIPS

Wire lay refers to the direction of the strands in the rope. Lay affects rope operation, with regular lay, where wires run up and down, offering stability and crush resistance while lang lay, with strands appearing angled, providing more resistance to fatigue and abrasion.

Wire cores can be made of steel or fiber for greater elasticity. Steel cores may consist of either an independent rope or a strand and are preferred for additional support or where temperatures are higher than 180° F.

Wire Rope Strength

Finding the right wire rope for the job involves assessing how much wire rope strength, fatigue resistance, crushing and corrosion resistance, and rotation resistance is needed. Specialty ropes are available to offer more strength and protection against rotation, crushing and corrosion during unique lifting projects.

The team at Ness Campbell will review your project requirements and whether you're hoisting, hauling, grabbing, or building, we’ll find the solution to help you complete the work safely and efficiently.

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How to Choose the Right Hauling Company

How to choose the right hauling company NessCampbell

Whether you’ve moved a lot of cargo and are looking to change companies, or this is the first time you’ve needed equipment hauled, there are several things to keep in mind when choosing the right hauling company for you.

   

Equipment

 

An essential piece of choosing the correct hauling company is if they have the capacity and the equipment to handle your cargo. If their capacity has a lower weight threshold than the sum of your cargo, or they don’t have enough vehicles available for your haul, it clearly isn’t the right company for you. Variety of equipment may also be necessary for your load. Do they have dolly equipment or do you need to find that elsewhere? Do they have a variety of trailers or does the company take a one-size fits-all approach? Your haul has unique needs. It’s best to choose a company that can fit those.

Safety and Transparency

 

Your load is valuable. Choose a company that recognizes this and takes steps to transport your cargo quickly, without compromising safety. It’s one thing for a company to say they’re safe, but do their services reflect that? Do they offer routing or driver tracking services? A hauling company that involves you in the process, is a company that cares about your load, and will take every step necessary to make sure it arrives safely and on time.

Experience

 

As with most industries, choosing a company that has a proven record is a pretty safe bet. Experience acquired over years in hauling, means the company knows what typical roadblocks and challenges your haul may pose, and can assist you in preventing problems before they happen. Knowing that the finer details are in the hands of experts can alleviate the stress that often goes along with a heavy or long distance haul.

 

If you aren’t sure what company or even equipment is best for your next haul, contact our expert team. NessCampbell can help determine what will work well for your load and within your budget.

 

We have the best heavy haul personnel in the Northwest and we look forward to assisting you.

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How much can a crane lift?

How much can a crane lift NessCampbell

First employed by the ancient Greeks to move large stones, cranes have been lifting heavy stuff for thousands of years. Early forms of the modern crane are believed to have been used to build the Pyramids of Giza, Stonehenge, and The Parthenon. With the introduction of the winch and pulley, cranes began to make more appearances throughout history.

   

All of this led to the construction of the Taisun crane, housed in the port city of Yantai, China. This behemoth currently holds the world record for lifting, hoisting a barge ballasted with water and weighing more than 20,000 metric tons. That’s around 44 million pounds.

 

Of course, the Taisun isn’t terribly mobile and has limited capabilities. Which makes sense: there’s not much demand to move that kind of weight outside of ocean ports or other major waterways. However, projects involving loads of 50, 100 or even 300 tons are daily occurrences throughout the Pacific Northwest.

 

At NessCampbell, we have six different types of cranes at our disposal:

  • - All Terrain
  • - Crawler
  • - Conventional Truck
  • - Rough Terrain
  • - Hydraulic Truck
  • - Boom Truck
 

Our hardiest all terrain crane can lift nearly 600 tons depending on the project. Of course, we don’t need that kind of firepower for every job. Our boom trucks (20-60 tons) are great for smaller jobs while the rough terrain cranes (50-160 tons) are awesome in less than ideal ground conditions.

More to think about

 

It’s not just about sheer lifting power, though. Many factors come into play when figuring out just how much our machines can lift. Depending on the position of the boom, how far the load has to be moved, and even weather conditions play a part in deciding how much weight is too much.

 

For example, if the boom of the crane is extended to 250 feet and the radius (the distance from the center of the load to the center of the crane) is 180 feet, the max load weight drops considerably. The shorter the lift, the more weight can be handled.

 

Transportation of the cranes also needs to be considered. Imagine trying to take a crawler crane (max lift capacity 300 tons) up a long, winding, mountain road. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense, especially if the job doesn’t call for that kind of lifting power.

 

Lifting massive amounts is what cranes were made for, but there is no one size fits all answer for every project. But we can say they lift a whole lot more today than they could 2,000 years ago.

 

Do you need a crane for an upcoming project? Contact NessCampbell to find out how we can help. We’ve been in the industry for more than 70, have eight locations, and more than 90 cranes around the Pacific Northwest.

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Introducing the Manitowoc 16000!

NessCampbell Manitowoc 16000

You asked for it, so we got it.

 

NessCampbell Crane + Rigging is excited to introduce the Manitowoc Model 16000 to our fleet. As your needs change, our crane service fleet needs to change with it. So after listening to your comments, and researching the best way to meet your ever-evolving project needs, we pulled the trigger.

   

While this crawler crane is comfortable working within all industries, it truly excels in plant turnarounds, wind farms, mining work, and the oil and gas industry. The Manitowoc 16000 is ideal for projects that require lifting loads at great distances.

 

The Manitowoc Model 16000 is comfortable with all industries but will see its greatest worth when used in plant turnarounds, projects that require picks at great distances, wind farms, mining work, and the oil and gas industry.

 

In addition to your requests and the versatility of this crawler, NessCampbell has always been a fan of Manitowoc quality and durability. We expect the newest member of the family to be with us for a long time. Throw in EPIC controls with CAN-Bus technology and dual LCD monitors with easy-to-read graphic displays, it will also be one of our best.

 

With a maximum lifting capacity of 440 tons and a heavy lift boom that stretches out over 295 feet, the Manitowoc 16000 Crawler Crane is still a nimble piece of machinery. A luffing jib extension that brings total reach to 432 and a wind jib make this crane a solution for almost any heavy-lifting situation.

 

The 16000 also features the patented CANBUS, a six independent closed-loop hydraulic circuit configuration. By matching crane commands with the crane function, the crane is productive, efficient, and has absolute load control. The EPIC control system increases crane adaptability while diagnosing any problem with the engine, transmission, and other operating systems.

 

Manitowoc cranes allow for fast, decisive deployment and disassembly. Along with a host of other features, Manitowoc’s cranes are among the most advanced and feature-rich of any manufacturer. Think you might be able to put this beast to work? Contact us today for more information.

Ness Campbell Manitowoc Model 16000

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Veterans Day Hat Giveaway

Camo Hat Giveaway NessCampbell

We’re proud to be offering over 1,000 NessCampbell Digital Camo hat's to recognize the sacrifices Veterans have made for our country. When you get your hat, make sure to come back to Facebook and post your pictures. We can’t wait to see how it looks on you!

Simply go to the NessCampbell Swag Shack and sign in if you are already a member. For new members, click the “New User? Click here to register” link at the bottom of the page. A form will appear underneath that link for you to fill out. After filling out the form, you’ll be brought to a new page. Click the Apparel link from the left-hand navigation and the Digital Camo Hat will be one of the first products you see. Click the View Product button underneath the picture of the hat. Enter how many hats you want and click “Add to Cart.” A few things to remember:
  • The price will say $15.00, but once you use the promotion code “FREEDOM” during the ordering process, the price will be removed.
  • You can order more than one, but the coupon code will only be applied to one hat.
  • To make the deal even sweeter, we’re paying for shipping and handling for the free hat!
  • Additional hats will incur the shipping fee.
After adding the Digital Camo Hat to the cart, you can review your order. From there, you can continue shopping or Check Out to add shipping and billing information as well as any comments you want to leave. You will enter the promotion code “FREEDOM” under the Checkout Summary section of the page. After filling out your information, click the Submit Order button and you’re good to go! Thanks for helping us celebrate Veterans Day and everything Veterans have done for us -- and looking good while doing it!

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Pink October Hat Giveaway

Ness Campbell Breast Cancer Awareness Free Hat   Once again, we’re proud to be offering a FREE pink NessCampbell hat throughout October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last year, we gave out more than 500 hats to help spread the word. The response was fantastic, so we’re doubling that number to 1,000 this year! When you get your hat, make sure to come back to Facebook and post it to our site. We can’t wait to see how it looks on you! Simply go to the NessCampbell Swag Shack and sign in if you are already a member. For new members, click the “New User? Click here to register” link at the bottom of the page. A form will appear underneath that link for you to fill out. After filling out the form, you’ll be brought to a new page. Click the Apparel link from the left-hand navigation and the Pink Front/White Back Trucker Hat should be one of the first products you see. Click the View Product button underneath the picture of the hat. Enter how many hats you want and click “Add to Cart.” A few things to remember:

  • - The price will say $15.00, but once you use the promotion code “PINKNC” during the ordering process, the price will be removed.
  • - You can order more than one, but the coupon code will only be applied to one hat.
  • - To make the deal even sweeter, we’re paying for shipping and handling for the free hat!
  • - Additional hats will incur the shipping fee.
  • - Offer ends Oct. 31
After adding the Pink Hat to the cart, you can review your order. From there, you can continue shopping or Check Out to add shipping and billing information as well as any comments you want to leave. You will enter the promotion code “PINKNC” under the Checkout Summary section of the page. After filling out your information, click the Submit Order button and you’re good to go! Thanks for helping us spread the word for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and looking stylish while doing it! crew_pink_hat

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Heavy Equipment Lifting: A Guide for General Contractors

A cartoon of a boom truck doing heavy equipment liftingAs you know, there are tons of machinery that were designed specifically for hoisting and heavy equipment lifting. Operating them involves understanding load charts, including considerations like lift radius, machine capacity, ground conditions, even wind speed. The evolution of these heavy equipment lifting machines over the years has been incredible, and it’s becoming easier and easier to lift enormous equipment. We’ll give you more ideas on how to lift heavy equipment as efficiently and safely as possible.

Equipment used to lift heavy objects

Boom TruckA boom truck used to do heavy equipment lifting.

You’ve definitely seem boom trucks around town, like bucket booms for repairing telephone wires. Construction boom trucks, though, are at sites to lift much heavier equipment - as they can lift anywhere from 10 tons to 50 tons, depending on the size of the truck. They’re also great for horizontal heavy equipment lifting and transporting for tight spaces.

Cranes

Of course, you’ve got many different types of cranes. You can use jib cranes, like within workshops, or tower cranes (what you typically see working on high buildings). We’ll run you through specific types below:

Conventional Truck Cranes

These are great for erecting steel, and you’ll commonly see them in projects for parking garages and bridge assemblies. They can often lift between 200-300 US tons, depending on the size you rent.

Crawler Cranes 

The biggest difference between crawler cranes and others is they don’t have an outrigger. They are quite versatile, and quicker to set up than other cranes (they do have to be transported to the site, though). They can lift between 40-3500 US tons.

Hydraulic Truck Cranes

Hydraulic cranes rely on oil, as opposed to winches, to operate. They are lightweight and flexible, and often used in projects like short-term construction, rescue missions and transporting boats (and whales, like for aquarium needs!).

Rough Terrain Cranes

As you guessed, these are best for off-road and rough application jobs. They are best for pick & carry applications and large scale construction projects. They can lift from 18-130 US tons.

Heavy Equipment Lifting Safety

As you can imagine, lifting materials that weigh over 50 US tons can come with many safety implications. It’s often lack of awareness and limited knowledge of safe working methods that lead to many issues with crane operators and material handlers. There are many causes for crane failure as well as ways to ensure on-site safety. Working with a professional lifting company, who has a firm understanding of best practices for safe crane operation, can prevent—or minimize—many on-site hazards.

Heavy Lifting Equipment Companies

Running a construction job, you’ve got so many things to account for. Part of that massive process is making sure not only that the heavy equipment and machines arrive on time, but that you’re able to lift and transport them around the site when you need to. We often recommend bringing in a company to perform these lifting services for you, so you don’t have to worry about efficiency (like safe transporting and scheduling) or safety issues.

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What is a Rigger Job?

rigger job done rightHow do you move a forklift to the 15th story of an unfinished building? (hint: they do not do well in elevators). It’s done through an arrangement called “block and tackle”, and the job is performed by a rigger. That would be the person who works with pulleys, ropes and winches to haul heavy items, like equipment and machinery. At one point, it was just the person who’d assemble the hoists and pulleys together. Now, a rigger is anyone engaged in lifting and moving heavy equipment.

Duties and capabilities of a rigger

Their work starts by examining the object—its size and weight—and then finding the best equipment to move it. That often involves some sort of assembly - so, they’ll install cables, ropes, pulleys and winches. If a crane is needed, they’ll erect it. For a rigging job, they set everything up and then tear it down once the project is finished. Most importantly, they ensure the team stays within all rigging safety regulations. They’re also responsible for maintaining and repairing the equipment.

What types of jobs or projects do riggers do?

Here, we’ll be talking about riggers in the construction industry (they’re also used in the military, drilling, trucking, even theater and movie sets). Rigger jobs often come whenever a crane is present. Examples of projects are:
  • Commercial office buildings
  • Large residential or mixed-use projects
  • Moving chillers, boilers, transformers and switchgears during a construction project
  • Transporting equipment like forklifts, platforms, rigging booms, etc.
  • Loading freights and shipping

What makes a good rigger?

  • Riggers need to be mathematically-inclined. Their work revolves on spatial perception - they must know how objects will fit within the site. For example, when transporting through a window opening on the 15th story, they need to have an idea on how to best go about it.
  • Must have strong communication skills. The rigger is often “the eyes” for the crane operator, and they are responsible for directing the operator on how to best move and deposit the item (this could be verbally or though hand signals)
  • Must not be afraid of heights. Do you see the types of things riggers have to do? Scaling the tops of cranes, walking on structural beams 30 stories up, attaching cables near the tops of commercial office buildings - those on a rigging job need to be unafraid and confident when dealing with heights, all while keeping safety at top of mind.
Rigger jobs are one of our main specialties at NessCampbell. We’re known for our top-of-the-line equipment and ability to source what we need for any project. If your Washington or Oregon project is in need of rigging services, look no further.

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