If you are like a lot of smaller construction business owners, you do have at least a small crane on site that you use for different points in projects. You likely have several members of your team who can jump on the crane and move or hoist items as needed without any trouble. However, there can be some pretty sticky situations when it is best to have someone with great skill to operate your crane, so hiring a professional operator is a logical choice. Here is a look at some of the times when it is for the best if you hire a professional crane operator, like those at A C Jones Trucking Inc, to complete an arduous task.
You need materials hoisted that are especially heavy or awkward to move.
Sometimes, you will run into situations during projects when something needs to be crane hoisted that is harder to handle than the usual bundle of lumber or a basic concrete bucket. For example, roof trusses can be massive in size for some structures, and therefore, they can be especially cumbersome to maneuver with a crane. At times like this, it is usually better if you entrust the hoisting and crane operation to someone who is highly experienced with moving larger or awkward items.
You will be moving materials in close proximity to other structures.
In tight, densely populated urban areas, you can run into situations where having to maneuver an object will involve maneuvering it through small spaces because other structures are so close. If you do not have a lot of space to work with and there is a risk of damaging the surrounding structures, it is always better to hire a professional crane operator than to simply have someone from your crew operate the crane. It can take a lot more experience to navigate a crane hoist through small spaces without causing damage to nearby structures.
You are planning to use special attachments for the crane.
In general, there are many different types of attachments that can be used with a crane, from wrecking balls to platforms for people. If you will be using an attachment for your crane that you are unfamiliar with, it is better to have a highly skilled operator come in and take over, at least until the rest of the staff sees the new attachment and how it works for a while. Starting off someone with little experience in a crane with a new attachment can have disastrous results.