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In this section of the site contributing authors submit interesting articles relating to the various services, industries and research & development efforts of Becht Engineering.

Elements of a Super Heavy Lift Execution Manual

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Making A Super Heavy Lift?  Here's What You Need To Know If you are making a single super lift or a series of super lifts there will be a tremendous number of documents created during the planning stages.  In addition to the original documents there will be numerous revisions as the fine tuning of the details are realized.  The document control of the process can be overwhelming - but is critical for success.  Ultimately, there is a risk that the field crews may not possess the most current revision when they attempt the lift.  That omission could end in disaster.  There is no one definition for a "Super Lift" in any current standard.  However, many companies performing extreme lifts within their facilities have coined the term and created their own definitions.  The goal is to minimize risk by requiring a comprehensive engineered lift plan followed by a third-party review of the...
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Crane Operator Certification - OSHA Rule 1926.1427

Crane Operator Certification - OSHA Rule 1926.1427
I have been receiving many inquiries recently from individuals and companies concerned about the status of OSHA Rule 1926.1427 – All wondering if they are in compliance. Bottom Line - There is currently a nationwide controversy regarding  OSHA regulation on crane operators . Background OSHA enacted a new crane rule in 2010.  The part 1926.1427 (Crane Operators) has been retracted and is not being enforced.  Part 1427 states that all crane operators shall be certified by Crane Type and Capacity .  The certifying agencies either (1) are not able to provide this service or (2) are struggling with the directive.  To provide the service as stated, they would need to develop a test for every type and size of crane used in the USA.  Furthermore, the practical testing would require unlimited access to all those cranes. Industry has formally protested this rule.  Although OSHA has not agreed to change it, they...
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How To Hire The Right Lift Director

How To Hire The Right Lift Director
  This is the second part of "Lift Director – Are you in Compliance?" published Sept. 10, 2014.   Click Here to view Part 1 Who Are these Persons? Where do we find them? First, this person is a “natural leader”  --  not afraid to make informed decisions and stand behind them.  A person that others will trust and follow. Second, this person must have the necessary experience (based on work history) to effectively perform required tasks and to live up to the many responsibilities. Third, this person must be reliable and dependable .   Reputations, good and bad, are built over time and follow individuals.   The crane and rigging industry is a small group in this country.  Good and Bad actors are easily identified.  Check references and call previous employers.   Lift Director Profile - "Gray Hair" Effect A mature person with a lot of experience makes the client more...
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Black Boxes On Cranes - Useful Tool or Liability

Industry is concerned about the “Black Boxes” on Cranes. Are they a useful tool or a liability? They record everything from load related data, engine data, geometric data and configuration changes. There is a wealth of information being stored and it can be used to improve safety and for more effective fleet management.  It can also be used against you in a Court of Law. I recently read an interesting article by Will North in the February 2014 issue of Cranes Today Magazine about Crane Data Loggers. The concern is, that the recorded information will be used in court to discredit the crane owner’s safety record and deny insurance claims. In 2013, The European Union issued a supplement to the EN13000 mobile crane standard stating the Load Moment Indicator (LMI) data is the property of the crane owner. This is fine and good but in Europe and the USA courts can...
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