Building in a tight-space metropolitan area means organizing and preparing for a whole array of issues that are not encountered in wider areas. The logistics and maintenance of a tight-space construction site require an increased level of complexity due to vehicle and foot traffic and the vicinity of facilities and other businesses.
More more on the special considerations to the best types of cranes available to hire and the safety concerns to plan for, read on for the top tips for dealing with tight-space construction.
Are there special considerations for tight-space construction?
While all construction sites have their unique considerations, when it comes to projects with minimal space, there are a few specific ones that need to be taken into account.
Operating a construction sight in a tight area or busy place poses many perils to workers. Therefore, specialized instruction needs to be given to those involved. This training must focus on ensuring that workers understand how to deal with the complexities of working around the public and near active businesses. This is especially true if a construction site is located within a city environment.
Furthermore, another critical challenge involves material deliveries and storage. Generally, when working on a tight metropolitan site, there is no access to a considerable storage yard which, therefore, requires careful planning to ensure everything is organized before work commences. Materials should arrive in a sequential order so that the site doesn’t get overloaded and heavy materials don’t need to be moved around.
What type of crane is best for tight-space construction?
If your construction space is on the more compact side, then you want to be utilizing a luffing crane. This type of crane contains a jib that can stand almost vertically even in a small space. This feature enables it to operate in narrow areas while still being able to extend to significant heights. For many construction projects, a luffing crane is ideal as it can operate with other cranes and remain within specified areas without undermining performance.
When considering a luffing crane for your next project, it is recommended that you utilize the Potain MCH 125. This newer model of luffing crane contains cutting-edge technology that uses a hydraulic ram to lift the jib. This means that the jib can be moved from horizontal to 87 degrees in under two minutes. When compared to older versions of luffing cranes that use cables, this is a significant improvement.
Furthermore, the Potain MCH 125 requires minimal on-site assembly time. As it doesn’t have a cathead that needs to be assembled, this crane needs less time and space to get set up.What’s more, it also doesn’t require luffing cables. Instead, the hydraulic system is constructed off-site and brought to the construction site ready to go. Usually, the on-site assembly time for this crane is under six hours.
How do you ensure safety on a tight-space construction site?
As with all construction sites, safety has to be the paramount concern for everyone involved. Not only does it help to keep morale high on the site, but it also prevents construction projects from falling behind schedule and over budget. When working on a tight-space construction site, the construction activity must be planned with the recognition that numerous workers will be laboring in the same small area during the same hours.
Planning is key to ensuring that the construction site is as safe as possible. Project managers need to be forward-thinking when it comes to effective preventative measures, and these must be clearly communicated to workers. In addition, workers must have the relevant tools and supplies at their disposal.
Zoning (which comprises blocking off sections where specific jobs are occurring and fitting catch platforms, nets, and other safety measures) is an integral component of the safety planning stage. Proper scaffolding must be installed, holes in the structure should be blocked off, and other possible hazards should be accounted for prior to the commencement of work.
How do you deal with tight-space construction projects? Do you have any tips to share? Let us know your thoughts and any relevant experiences in the comments below!
Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.