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Uses Of Heavy Lift Cranes In Construction

Heavy lift cranes are an essential part of any construction. These cranes can be used for a variety of applications and are typically used for hoisting materials.

There are a wide variety of uses of heavy lift cranes across many different industries in South Africa. In the construction industry in particular, heavy load cranes are used daily in the building of large-scale commercial, retail, and environmental projects.

We look at some of the uses of heavy lift cranes and who the key role players in operating cranes in a construction setting would be.

Heavy Lift Cranes Uses

What are the uses of heavy lift cranes in construction?

Heavy lift cranes do exactly as their name suggests – they lift heavy loads. They are designed to lift and carry large loads from bricks, steel, and cement on site, and to dismantle smaller cranes that have been working on the site too.

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Who is involved in the operating of heavy lift cranes in construction?
When using heavy lift cranes, it is not only about the operation of the crane but also the transport to and from the construction site, the rigging or erecting of the crane, its operation, and then the dismantling of the crane again. The entire procedure needs to take place as seamlessly as possible in order to get the best results on site from the crane.

Here are the key players involved in every heavy-duty crane operation:

Safety Officers

Safety officers clear the site, restrict access, and make sure that the people and vehicles on the site are only the ones that need to be there, moving them out of the way again as soon as their job is done.

Crane Operators

A heavy lift crane is a detailed machine with many kinds of automatic features and safety devices built into the crane. However, it needs to be always operated by a human operator in order to monitor the machine – most especially with safety as a top priority at all times. There is no such thing as “quickly” with a big crane.


Site supervisors need to know the operating of a crane intimately. They also need to understand how the basic build of the crane works, who is allowed on site, where all the role players are on the field, and to make sure all the administration and paperwork is in place. He plays a crucial overseeing role in the entire process.

Crane Assistants

These are the most active members of the team when it comes to building and breaking down the crane. They are also the most exposed in terms of safety and to potential injuries. They are required to wear PPE, act responsibly always, make sure their tools are in good condition, and never take any shortcuts.


Riggers are the communication link between the crane operator and the assistants controlling the load. The rigger executes the lift and is in total control. Riggers need to know the capacity of the crane, the limits of the crane, the details of the load, to name a few.

Where to hire heavy lift cranes?

Choosing a reputable company when it comes to heavy lift crane use and heavy lift crane construction, is paramount. Customers want a company that has both an excellent fleet of heavy lift cranes to choose from, and the expertise and experience to execute the job well.

At Concord Cranes, we offer heavy lift crane hire that includes an impressive line-up of machines and a team of operators, assistants, and riggers. Our team travels with the cranes and are highly trained in their roles and in what is expected of each member. They are most especially trained and experienced in how to execute the project safely.

To learn more about the capabilities and features of the mobile cranes we hire and the project requirements we can fulfil, contact the Concord Cranes team today on 011 805 8071.

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