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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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Mecca Crane Collapse -- "The worst crane accident in living memory"

Mecca Crane Collapse -- "The worst crane accident in living memory"
I am sure most of you heard about the tragic crane accident that occurred in Mecca in September 2015. I was paying very close attention as the crane was very large and similar to the cranes we work with everyday here at Becht. We have utilized the same make and model on three projects just this year! The following is my understanding of the events, according to various articles and news reports. Background A Liebherr LR 11350 crawler crane with 600 feet of boom and jib was set up just outside Masjid al-Haram, the largest mosque in the world in the city of Mecca.  There were storms in the region over the preceding week. Due to expected crowds, the Governor of Mecca ordered the crane to be moved away from public areas, thereby eliminating any hazard posed by the extremely tall crane. The contractor and crane owner is the Binladin Group,...
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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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Crane Inspection - The Next Level

The OSHA Crane Rule, effective in 2010, clearly defines the requirements for crane inspections. The rule defines the frequency and minimum requirements for compliance. Crane inspections are really nothing new. We have developed our methods and procedures through years of experience. The question is: Are We Doing Enough? In my earlier years in the trades as a crane inspector and later as crane fleet manager we preformed the annual inspections with two goals in mind. First, we would complete a thorough, Federally required, "safety" inspection, visually looking over the total machine, checking tolerances and wear on critical load bearing components. Second, we inspected non-safety items to establish the general health of the machine. Part two made sense as we were already there and have the crane out of service. Part three, as an extension of part two, included sampling and spectrographic analysis of all fluids in the crane per a specific...
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