Have you ever heard of the term ‘lattice’? It refers to a structure made of interlacing materials in a cross-shaped pattern. This is the main design idea behind lattice boom cranes—a 3-dimensional web of metal is built into the length of the boom for structural support (pictured below).
Lattice boom cranes are used to maximize operational efficiency everywhere, from scrapyards to construction sites. If you’re considering renting a lattice boom crane, here are three factors worth considering to make the most of your investment.
1.The Weight of the Load
One of the most important things to consider before renting a lattice boom crane is the weight of the loads you’ll be moving. According to the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, lattice boom cranes can lift up to 441,000 pounds depending on the boom’s length, the angle at which the weight is lifted, and the operational radius. The maximum load weight that can be moved safely by a lattice boom crane also depends on the counterweight attached to it and whether it meets build quality guidelines set by the American National Standards Institute, such as ASME B30.2-2022.
Renting a lattice boom crane without considering the above-mentioned factors will leave you prone to potentially serious health and safety issues like worker injuries from loads collapsing. If you’re wondering how to measure the factors above, we recommend renting a lattice boom crane with a load indicator system from a reputable manufacturer like Rayco Wylie.
Another important factor to consider is whether your staff is trained to operate the lattice boom crane you’re renting. Fortunately, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration provides various resources on crane safety, such as minimum standards for cranes in various industries, hazard identification/resolution guidelines, and much more.
We recommend hiring OSHA-certified staff who understand how to operate lattice boom cranes safely. Alternatively, consider investing in staff training; it’ll dent your short-term bottom line but yield long-term benefits due to improved operational efficiency.
Renting a lattice boom crane to move heavy loads is relatively straightforward if you’ve precisely calculated maximum load weights and have trained staff. But have you stopped to consider where the crane will be used?
Lattice boom cranes are typically mounted on either tracks or tires, depending on how quickly they must be moved. Tracks allow for better stability, but moving speeds are slow—so it’s crucial to consider the terrain where your operations are being conducted.
For instance, if you’re working on wet terrain, track-mounted lattice boom cranes are ideal as they’ll provide more support while it’s operating. In comparison, tire-mounted lattice boom cranes are better for construction sites where most movement is on solid ground.
Crane Warning Systems Atlanta Supplies Load Moment Indicators Manufactured by Rayco Wylie to Improve the Operational Safety of Lattice Boom Cranes
If you’ve made up your mind about renting a lattice boom crane and want to go about operations as safely as possible, our team at Crane Warning Systems Atlanta is ready to help you.
We’ve been providing top-quality crane load indicator systems by renowned manufacturer Rayco Wylie since 2001 to help clients across the country improve crane safety. Our product inventory includes load moment indicators such as the i4300, which helps clients monitor everything from the angle and height of the boom to the horizontal distance between the boom base and the load.
Contact us now if you’re keen to learn more about how our crane indicators help clients looking to rent lattice boom cranes