October 2019 Crane Association Newsletter - Technical Corner
The Crane Association of New Zealand’s Past President, Scott McLeod, discusses why technological advancements should not be taken for granted in this month’s The Technical Corner.
New and innovative technology might afford a myriad of benefits but often come with unforeseen risks, too.
Take crane remote controls as an example – considered to be a modern marvel, they are the ultimate safety device in an industry with considerable risks.
owever, like many things, they have hazards associated with them that users should always be wary and respectful of, McLeod Cranes & Hiabs Managing Director, Scott McLeod, says.
“We become familiar with the technology and its ability to control a large piece of machinery more easily. They’re so powerful that it becomes normal to walk around using them because you think nothing will happen.
Half Pint joins the McLeod Hiab team.
A 4x4 Iveco Daily with F50A Fassi rear mounted crane brings an impressive little machine to the fleet. Half pint comes with a 6m Trailer and on its own is capable of a 1.2 Tonne payload on the rear deck with trailer attached we go to a combined 3.4 Tonne.
A real performer the Fassi F50A has a total reach of over 9m. Being rear mounted crane that's a true 9m of reach from the back of the truck. As a knuckle boom crane height is no problem - having the ability to first reach up before reaching over. So the ideal machine for small roof mounted AC units.
September 2019 Crane Association Newsletter - Technical Corner
The Crane Association of New Zealand’s Past President, Scott McLeod, discusses why clash agreements are paramount to avoiding catastrophe in this month’s The Technical Corner.
Not having the right mechanisms in place to safeguard against catastrophic collisions is like playing Russian roulette.
“And hopefully the bullet isn’t in the chamber as you slew around to the right.”
So says Managing Director of McLeod Cranes and Crane Association NZ Past President, Scott McLeod, who recommends all crane companies utilise a clash prevention agreement.
Many will understand that operating a crane near structures or in confined areas can create a potentially dangerous situation if the hazards are not appropriately controlled.