Is a construction site survey required when you need to use a crane to undertake the lifting of materials, equipment, or sections of a modular building on your construction site?
The short answer to this is not always. If, for instance, you are going to be lifting a pallet of bricks or bags of gravel, simply moving them from one area of the site to another by hi-ab, then a survey may not be necessary. However, the driver/operator will be required to comply with all relevant health and safety at work legislation. Their responsibility will also include ensuring that the load does not pass over other workers. It may be necessary to cone off sections of the site while the lift is in progress.
However, for lifting any large and heavy materials or equipment that requires the use of a heavy-duty mobile crane, the answer is an emphatic, yes you do. The construction industry is still one of the leading areas for workplace accidents, and where cranes are involved, the results can be fatal. Ensuring that all safety precautions are taken is crucial.
At Emerson Crane Hire, we have an envious record for safe, accident-free crane operations that goes back many years. This has only been accomplished because of our highly trained, professional workforce and the meticulous planning of each new job that comes in. If you choose Emerson Crane Hire, a full, comprehensive construction site survey is considered the precursor to a safe and problem-free operation. And, depending on the complexity of the lift, it could be a legal requirement.
If you have the necessary skills and experience organising and managing the use of cranes on-site, then you may well choose to use our crane hire service. We supply the crane and operator, and you provide the competent person to undertake the pre-site survey. You will also take charge of all planning and operations and provide a team of workers who can carry out the load slinging and site signalling during lifting operations.
Should you choose to use our popular contract lift service, we will take full responsibility for the construction site survey, select the appropriate vehicle for the job, provide an overall competent person and a fully experienced team of load slingers, signalmen and banksmen. We are also fully insured to cover all eventualities.
What does a pre-site survey entail?
Whether the pre-site survey is being carried out by the main contractor or by ourselves, Emerson Crane Hire would expect a complete construction site survey report that is fully compliant with all health and safety regulations.
This process is known as risk assessment. The larger and heavier the load, the more complex it is to undertake, and the greater the risk of an accident. It is why, here at Emerson, we expect nothing less than the most intricate planning at this stage of the operation. Pre-site planning should include the following.
- The weight, material, nature and size of the piece that requires lifting. Full details of how high the piece has to be lifted and whether the crane and weight will be required to move to another area of the site during operations.
- Ground conditions. Will the crane be working on solid ground such as a finished concrete or tarmacadam surface or a temporary surface such as hardcore or sleepers? This includes access into, and exit routes from the site and any surface the crane may have to move over while carrying out the lift.
- Heavy lift cranes are big, bulky, heavy pieces of kit. Are access roads and gateways wide enough for it to pass through. Are there any obstacles in the way that may need removing?
- Are there any overhead obstructions anywhere in the operating area that could be a hazard during lifting operations? How can they be removed or avoided?
- Will roads need to be closed during the crane’s access, departure or operations? These will have to be sanctioned by the local council and police force if they are likely to affect normal traffic movement.
Phase two of risk assessment
With the construction site survey report complete and any potential hazards highlighted, our team can decide how best to proceed. If a large overhanging tree branch is a problem, can it be removed?
If power cables are the problem, can they be temporarily removed or the power turned off for the duration? If building overhang is a problem, can the lift be undertaken from another direction? Only when these problems have been resolved can the lift be given the go-ahead and arrangements made to allow a crane on site.
If you would like further information on what to look for during a pre-lift site survey or other information regarding our heavy lift crane services, please contact Emerson Crane Hire today and speak to one of our heavy lift managers.