Construction News 2020

Construction recovery activity seems to have slowed again, since August, and seems to be remaining around 11 percent below pre-lockdown levels, according to latest Office for National Statistics figures. The months prior to August, directly following the ease of lockdown restrictions, were immensely better for construction recovery.

Monthly construction output growth was at a record 21.8 percent in June and 17.2 percent in July, compared to the drop to 3 percent output growth in August. During this three-month increase, all new work sectors showed higher output than pre-lockdown, except for private industrial, which fell by 6.5 percent. The largest growth contributor being private new housing, which grew by 34.9 percent.

It is believed that the unpredictability regarding another lockdown or work restrictions are causing private commercial investors to remain cautious and skeptical. Record growth in repair and maintenance sectors is another demonstration of commercial hesitation, with growth being at 35.6 percent during the three-month growth period.


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When Would You Need an All-Terrain Crane?

For many industries, mobile cranes are the workhorses of crane types. They are quite versatile and combine heavy-lifting power with mobility to conquer various tasks and loads, but when having to work on rough or uneven ground, an all-terrain crane will most likely be a necessity. They are also better at handling different kinds of weather conditions.

All-Terrain cranes typically have 6-8 tyres but can have up to 18 for increased stability. They typically have two engines, one to power the truck and one for the boom or arm of the Crane. Most cranes have a hydraulically powered telescopic boom so they are highly adjustable and their lifting capacity is usually between 40-1000 tons, model dependent.

The main downside is that they are extremely heavy so any worksite they will be used on, that has softer terrain, would need to be inspected for bearing strength to ensure that it can support the cranes weight.


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Buy vs. Lease, Deciding What is Best for You

Your current/near future project scope, workload and long-term business plans will be the biggest determinants as to whether or not you need buy or hire a crane. You need to consider your daily, weekly and monthly needs to help you ascertain if you have the time, energy and manpower to own and operate a crane.

If you do not plan to use a crane on a regular basis, it may be more practical to simply hire a crane. Usually when you hire a crane the rental company supplies you with an operator as well. Most crane rental companies charge you on the time that the crane is actually in use, so the more you use it the more you pay. There are several factors that go into the price of renting a crane and each job requires a tailored quote, this is why it is so hard to get a crane rental ‘price list’.

If you conclude that buying a crane is right for you. Here are a few helpful tips to purchasing a crane. You need to consider:

• What is its primary use?
• Where will you be using it?
• What additional components will you need?
• Ensuring your General Arrangement includes essential criteria.
• Make sure you understand the safety requirements and legislation for your new purchase.


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Crane inspection list

A crane inspection list is a list of things an operator should check before operating crane equipment, inspections should be carried out each time before use to ensure that the equipment is working safely. Cranes generally are large equipment that carries high risk with use to users and the general public. All crane safety plans should include an inspection list, these can differ for each type of crane but will generally include the following;

– General measurement of wear on several different parts of the crane.
– Ensure there are no stretched or loose rivets, bolts, and pins
– Check equipment for any cracks or corrosion.
– Check brakes and brake linings.
– Check clutch systems, pawls, and ratchets
– Check for wear and cracks in rollers, bearings, shafts, and gears.
– Check all electrical components.
– Tyres should have no bulges or cuts and the tyre treads must not be too worn.


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What is a Tower Crane?

What is a tower crane?
Tower cranes are a common type of crane found on most construction sites and are typically used for lifting operations in the construction industry. Due to there size, they are hard to miss they go up to 100 feet in the air and can be just as wide too.

Generally, they are used to lift steel, concrete, large equipment like generators, and a huge variety of building materials. Tower cranes are mainly used to transport and lift capacity from one area to another.

They come in several different shapes and sizes –
– Static tower cranes
– Rail-mounted tower crane
– Self-erecting crane
– Crawling tower crane
– Tower crane jib

When deciding which type of tower crane, you will need, you will need to consider all of the factors involved. It is a good idea to choose a machine that has a working margin in respect of the load capacity.


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What Are Jib Cranes Used For?

If you are thinking about investing in a jib crane, there are multiple businesses that manufacture them. Some of them are located locally, whereas others may have international manufacturing locations. Jib cranes are often used by people in the automotive industry to lift heavy engines. They can also be very helpful within a warehouse setting. These are installed either in the ground or on the wall, providing the necessary power to lift and lower heavy items. Here is a brief overview of what these cranes can do and why you may need to obtain one.

What Exactly Is A Jib Crane?

These cranes use a hoist. It is the horizontal component, also known as a boom, from which it is named. These are fixed, either in a wall, or on what is called a floor-mounted pillar, and are controlled remotely. Some of these controls are through wires and a control panel. Others can be remotely operated.

What Are They Used For?

When you see a jib crane in action, you will understand why they are so helpful in certain settings. It is their ability to lift objects, and by pivoting left or right, they can reposition loads that you are moving. They may also have a secondary boom which will provide even more precision. Whether this is for a warehouse, auto shop, or at a shipyard, they can speed up production very easily.

How To Find Jib Cranes For Sale?

These can be found on sale through many different websites. International websites that are marketing industrial products tend to have the best deals. Likewise, you may find businesses that are local that are currently offering them. It is recommended that you request several quotes from each of these businesses. Once you have them, consider the reputation of the business and also how long they have been producing them. This will give you confidence that your investment will lead to a worthwhile purchase.

If you are in the warehouse industry, or the automotive industry, you may already have a jib crane at your facility. If you do not, you can use these to improve how fast your workers are able to produce results. Whether you decide to get one or multiple units, these can be positioned virtually anywhere. These cranes are exceptional, and once you have these working at your facility, you may wonder why you had never used one before.


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