Crane Trucks Limited delivers transport, lift & logistical solutions within the South Island of New Zealand
In 2015 The Oversize Pilot was started by Alister Giddens, and after a few great years we have developed into Crane Trucks Ltd. We are a Class 1 & Class 2 load pilot specialising in oversize freight such as containers, portable buildings, swimming pools, steels and large vehicles. We’ve got the fleet, lifting plan and experience to get the job done.
We partner with our clients to develop logistical solutions for each unique requirement. Our team has the experience and smarts to ensure your project is planned correctly, completed on-time, delivered to your budget. We're also committed to creating a healthy and safe working environment for our employees and on each and every work-site.
Operational consideration and precautions We follow the standard operating guidelines as recommended by Work Safe New Zealand.
Our operators are properly trained and experienced. They understand the manufacturer’s recommendations and are aware of any limitations or special features. We observe the following procedures when setting out to use a truck loader crane:
We choose the best working position to position the vehicle. The optimum site would be a position that is as level as possible, is sturdy enough to accommodate the vehicle stabilisers/outriggers and provides unrestricted views of the unloading process.
The operator must not be positioned between the load and the vehicle at any time during lifting.
The outriggers should be extended as directed by the manufacturer’s recommendations and blocked if on soft ground.
Do not lift the truck wheels off the ground with the outriggers.
Ensure that the ground around the vehicle is clear of tripping hazards. Maintain a minimum distance of 4 metres at all times between any part of the crane or load and power lines.
Know how to operate any safety device for the particular crane.
Ensure that any inspection requirement for the crane is up to date – refer to Appendix A of the 3rd edition of the Approved Code of Practice for Cranes for further information.
Lifting Loads When lifting loads, there are some important things that you must not do:
We never stand or walk under a suspended load or let anyone else do this.
We keep out of the danger zone at all times. The danger zone includes, the path of the crane’s components, the path of the load, the area beneath the suspended load; and any potential crush area such as between the vehicle and the load.
We understand that failing to observe these instructions at all times could lead to death or serious injury.
Load slinging We understand that Incorrect slinging or load attachment can also lead to accidents. We make sure loads are within the rated capacity for the device and any slings or lifting chains are adequate for the weight of the load. We observe the following:
Ensure that the load is slung in a way that it will not shift in the sling when lifted. This will require careful consideration of the centre of gravity and balance.
Carry out a trial lift slowly at first to check that the load is balanced.
Ensure a steady movement of the load during slewing.
Ensure that slings are in a safe and undamaged condition and are fitted with the current inspection tag.
Stabilising our trucks Where possible, we implement the following procedure to ensure optimum operating conditions:
After selecting the site, park the vehicle, apply the handbrake and chock the wheels if on sloping ground.
We ensure the outriggers or stabilisers are not overloaded and are blocked if on soft ground.
We ensure tyre pressures are correct, as low pressures can affect stability.
Whenever possible, the vehicle should be level, but in any case no more than 5˚ inclination in any direction.
Operational requirements We follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. We also:
Warm up the engine and oil before lifting.
Watch out for a change in stability as the load is extended.
Operate within the capacity of the rating chart.
Keep the suspended load in view at all times.
Never leave a crane unattended with a load suspended.
Do not drag, or pull laterally with the boom.
Be aware of the safety devices such as: Safe load indicators, Emergency cut-off, Limitation of rotation; and, Overload protection and anti two-block protection for cranes fitted with hoists.
Be extra careful when operating mirrored controls.
After operating the crane When we are finished operating a crane, we observe the following procedure:
We ensure the load is secured in accordance with the NZTA Code of Practice for the Safety of Loads on Heavy Vehicles.
Where applicable, we fold the crane correctly into its cradle.
We retract and stow outriggers and stabilisers.
We ensure all hooks and loose items are secure.
We check the height of the stowed crane before moving off.
Maintenance issues We follow the daily and periodic maintenance schedule recommended by the manufacturer. We also ensure that the crane is covered by the required inspection certificate or record.
What our Customers Say
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