Preparing Your Jobsite: Guide to Mobile Crane Rental Preparation

Mobile Crane Rental Jobsite Preparation
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You have finally secured a boom truck rental and are ready to take full advantage of your mobile crane. Whether it is hanging up exterior lighting around a new apartment complex or running lines through your attic for a new third-floor space, you need to get your location ready for the crane.

Renting a mobile crane can be expensive. The best thing you can do to save money is to prepare your job site to maximize the time you have scheduled with your crane. It is crucial that you are preparing for the safety of your workers and for the proper usage of the crane itself. Here are some suggestions for setting up your job site and adding a calendar reminder for your next mobile crane rental.

Verify the Boom Truck Paperwork

No one wants to spend their day talking on the phone with customer service to verify information instead of staying on task at their job site. To avoid wasted time, you should always double-check all your mobile crane rental details before it arrives. Make sure you have the correct crane coming out to the site, that it is equipped to handle the load you require, that the operators are aware of the terrain, lighting, and size restrictions, and that you have fully qualified OSHA-certified crane operators.

Make sure you have copies of everything involved with the mobile crane rental. Municipalities and regulations can be a big hassle if you do not have all the paperwork to verify you have completed each step correctly. You also want to show your foreman and investors a bit of transparency for their money if they request a report. It is just a good idea to have the paperwork on hand if something comes up. That includes verification that all the crane operators are properly certified to do the work.

Clear the Site

A boom truck, while fully mobile, does require a clear path to reach the specific location for the work. You should spend a little time clearing out any equipment or debris away from the direction the truck will be taking. Ensure you still have ample ingress/egress while the truck is parked where the work will be done. Most of the battle in renting a crane is getting it to the site, instead of moving it around once engaged. Make sure you ask Dependable Crane for the exact dimensions of the boom truck you rented so you can ensure a safe and open access point.

Try to smooth out any unwanted bumps or extra materials from the sides of the road as well. Rough terrain can be a severe hindrance to a boom truck when the boom is out and extended. You wouldn’t want to end up in a ditch or drop off that was hidden behind some discarded materials. Some other hazards to watch out for include power lines, culverts, unstable ground, soft ground, hidden obstacles, scaffolding, trash/debris, and any branches that may be in the way. 

Don’t be afraid to check the weather around the dates you’ll be using the truck as well. Sacramento has many bright sunny days, but when the rains and high winds hit, they hit hard. It would be a real setback to have to stop work because of a thunderstorm.

Communicate with Your Team

Prepare your team for the work the boom truck is expected to do by completing a pre-site inspection. During this, you can point out the 3D lift plan. This provides your team with a visual guide to the crane selection and rigging required to complete the work for using the mobile rental. This will also inform how the crane might affect the rest of your workers throughout the rental period. You want to make sure you aren’t conflicting or impeding work from another skill while utilizing the crane. You also want to check for stability as you walk around. The more eyes to look out for bumps, holes, or possible risks, the better off you’ll be in the long run.

Having your team together for this exercise also works as a safety check. Safety is the biggest concern around a job site. Your workers are your best asset, and adding a boom truck takes up a decent amount of space, especially when the crane is in use. So your team needs to know how to avoid any safety risks while the truck is in operation. Another part of a safety check is to make sure all the loads that will be moved around are safely secured. The last thing you want is a collection of lumber spilling out all over your job site because someone forgot to latch a strap.

Wrapping Up Your Preparations

Your boom truck rental from the professionals at Dependable Crane will go smoothly as long as you take a few preparations steps. The team there will help you move through some points to get ready, but it doesn’t hurt you to streamline the process beforehand. Everyone that has run a job site understands the more time you spend in a delay, the angrier investors and owners are about your progress. So doing a few small steps ahead of renting the boom truck can go a long way to keeping your project on time and under budget. 

When you are looking for quality boom truck rentals in the Sacramento, CA area, you should consider Dependable Crane. Their founder has leveraged his more than 25 years of experience in the crane industry to provide customized quality solutions with a “Can-do” attitude. As a result, dependable Crane Service LLC has the equipment that you can depend on to get the job done with new and maintained cranes, ranging from 22 tons up to 75 tons. All cranes are OSHA-certified annually. In addition, all operators are NCCCO certified for your peace of mind and to meet your project’s regulatory guidelines.

If you are interested in working with the reliable, professional team at Dependable Crane, give them a call at (916) 306-7474, or request a project quote through their website. They are always willing to answer any of the questions and concerns you may have about utilizing a boom truck at your next Sacramento worksite

Jared Maxwell

Jared Maxwell

Jared has been a NCCCO certified operator for over 15 years and is a certified lift plan professional. He enjoys spending time with his wife and dogs along with training BJJ.

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