Crane & Rigging

Concrete Pumping, Crane & Rigging, Specialized Transport

Under Pressure

It’s important to understand that the principal concern related to the forces that wind exerts on a tower crane’s load is not the speed of the wind, but its pressure. (This is commonly known as side loading.) One of the important things to understand about wind pressure is that it doesn’t increase in a one-to-one ratio to wind speed. Tower cranes, by design, are able to withstand wind speeds up to 140 miles per hour, depending on the manufacturer; however, they must be allowed to “weather vane” to avoid wind pressure on the boom (side loading). The same applies to mobile cranes with long booms, especially if they are lifting and moving loads in very windy conditions.

Concrete Pumping, Crane & Rigging, Specialized Transport

Lessons from Losses: Learning from a Heavy Equipment Accident

As one of the country’s premier insurers of crane and rigging, heavy haul, and concrete pump companies, we are keenly aware of the many variables we have to take into consideration—like the size, weight, and damage potential of these types of machines— in order to help facilitate the safety of our insured’s employees, as well as any surrounding property or people.