The five cranes were nearing the end of their operational life but the renovation has extended their lifespan by 10 years. For the pair of Swansea-based portal dockside cranes, RSS provided the rigging equipment necessary as a mobile crane dismantled each crane in three pieces. Once the same lifting gear was resupplied to reassemble the cranes, RSS conducted thorough examination and testing in line with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). Steve Hutin, managing director at RSS, explained that the biggest challenge was encountered by the centre of gravity of the middle section of the cranes that included the operators cabin. He said: We knew the section was 50t in weight but the centre of gravity was out so we used two [MOD 50] Modulift spreader beams in close proximity. RSS utilised fixed lifting attachments on the front of the cabins, while two 30t chain blocks were used on the back with a flat braided wire rope sling that was manufactured to lift level. As with the other two sections, the main piece was lowered onto stools for transportation. Hutin added that the jib and lower partsthe cranes weighed 65t in totalwere lighter and posed less problems from a rigging perspective. Roundslings were used for these lifting operations. Derryl Godwin, site engineer at RSS, led LOLER examination and testing once the refurbished cranes were reinstalled in Swansea. He spent a day inspecting working parts, welds, wire rope and the hook, among other structural elements of the cranes. Godwin was among a five-strong team from the South Wales lifting equipment company that were involved in the project over a six-month period following an initial site visit to contribute to a safe system of work.
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The cranes are the latest model in Chesterfield-based Penny Hydraulics range. Mounted to the vehicles headboards, these compact lifters are suitable for loading whacker plates as well as other plant, signage or chemical drums. Their design incorporates a high-speed hoist and has a maximum working capacity of 250kg to easily handle equipment used by the highways OSHA regulations engineers. Supplied in both 12V and 24V options, the crane runs off the vehicle battery. The cranes are ultra-lightweight: the lightest model to ever be designed by the lifting equipment manufacturer, weighing just 20kg. Pennys in-house design engineers worked hard on the crane design to remove weight without compromising on quality or safety. Using advanced CAD and finite element analysis tools, the team re-engineered existing crane models to reduce weight through optimised design and use of alternative materials. Thanks to advanced design, Amey can have lifting equipment installed that has minimal impact on the overall vehicle weight, to leave more carrying capacity for maximised operational flexibility and productivity. Thanks to the crane structures being so light, Amey are also assured that fleet vehicle emissions will be kept to a minimum. The crane comes with an easy to use wander lead remote control and being fully demountable, the cranes can be deployed on other vehicles, or removed completely meaning fleet flexibility can be maintained.
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