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Working & Operating Cranes in Downtown Houston

It was a tight squeeze for our 500-ton crane in downtown Houston near the medical center. We made it happen!

When Consolidate Crane operates our big cranes near tall narrow buildings, our professional crane operators are hyper-vigilant and aware of several potential hazards. Here’s what we have to stay on top of with our crew.

Wind: Tall buildings can create wind tunnels and eddies that may affect the stability of the crane. Strong gusts can cause the crane to sway or lose stability, posing a risk to both the operator and surrounding structures.

Clearance: The narrow space between buildings may limit our crane’s movement and require precise maneuvering to avoid collisions.

Power lines: Tall buildings can often have power lines nearby. Our crane operators are aware of these lines to ensure that the crane’s boom and load do not come into contact with them.

Structural integrity: The weight and movement of the crane can potentially affect the structural integrity of nearby buildings. We are cautious to avoid placing excessive loads on the ground or nearby structures that could cause issues.

Communication: Clear communication amongst our crew, between the crane operator and ground personnel, is essential! Signalers or spotters guide the operator to ensure safe movement of the crane.

Emergency procedures: All of our crane operators have have emergency procedures specific to working in urban environments, near tall buildings

Pedestrian and vehicular traffic: As expected, urban areas are busy with pedestrian and vehicular traffic that must be monitored.

By staying vigilant and following safety protocols, Consolidated Crane’s operators mitigate risks associated with working around tall narrow buildings and ensure a safe work environment for all stakeholders.