A mobile crane is a lifting machine that can move easily around the job site, or from one site to another by using its own wheels and power. The mobile crane is very efficient and simple machine, usually using a telescopic boom as a main lifting device. It also has a wire rope drum, chains and a control panel that contributes to its ability to lift very heavy objects. Its platform can either be on tracks or wheels. Because most mobile cranes operate on uneven surfaces, the platform is mounted on tracks.
The mobile cranes provide many benefits and advantages, and because of that, the number of mobile crane sales has significantly increased, especially in Australia. There is an increasing number of mobile crane sales events where people can test and buy particular crane model. There are four common types of mobile cranes in Australia: lattice boom cranes, pick & carry cranes, hydraulic slewing cranes and road travel cranes. The selection of a mobile crane depends on the nature of the work. In terms of applications, there are many unique and interesting uses of the mobile cranes that many people do not know about.
Demolition Works – Although it may sounds impossible, some mobile cranes have enough power for demolition works. The demolition sector has grown in the recent years, so did the mobile crane sales, because these machines are very cost-effective for demolition works. The mobile cranes are not the only cranes that can be used for demolition work, there are other models specifically designed for heavy-duty tasks. The mobile cranes for demolition are equipped with specific protective structure to ensure that the operator is secured from falling objects. Once the demolition process is done, the mobile crane should be thoroughly inspected by a competent person before its next use.
Work On Suspended Slabs – Some mobile cranes can easily be lifted onto a suspended floor for construction activities. The suspended floor is not always intended or designed for mobile cranes, so there is always a potential risk of a structure collapse. The manufacturer’s manual needs to be followed when the mobile crane is used on suspended slabs. If the manual states that the mobile crane cannot be used in some particular areas, due to the lack of strength or similar capabilities, the operator needs to respect this rule.
Tree Lopping – In some cases, a mobile crane can be used for a tree looping. This process is known as the “crane access method” and it is not frequently used. Before starting the looping process, a risk assessment must be conducted that will identify whether the method puts the workers’ health and safety in a greater risk than a regular climbing a tree. If the risk assessment shows that the crane can be used, there are some requirements that must be followed.