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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.

How To Manage A Crane Accident

crane-accident-cover-image It Could Happen To You
    No one expects to have a crane accident, but it can happen to anyone. Everyone who uses a crane is subject to a calculated risk. All of us need to be prepared in the event an accident occurs.       WHAT IF YOU ARE FACED WITH THIS AT YOUR SITE?           IMMEDIATELY ASSESS THE SCENE Are there any injuries, trapped persons or fatalities? If so, notify Fire and Rescue immediately. Before they arrive, determine if any equipment or structures are unstable. Don’t let them walk into a trap and become victims!   Point out any known dangers including unstable structures to Rescue Personnel. Before and as they arrive, carefully explain any known hazards so the First Responders understand what they are dealing with. Barricade the area in red to prevent any non-essential persons from entering a hazardous area. This also serves to preserve the...
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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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Guest — Julio Rezende

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Is it possible to download this manual?
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 13:59
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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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Guest — Charles Emmitte

Charles A. Emmitte SR.

Such a tragic incident that was totally avoidable. Everyone present with basic crane knowledge. Could have saved all those people.... Read More
Monday, 14 December 2015 16:49
Guest — Farooq Khan

Mecca Crane Collapse

This is a perfect column and it properly described the reason of collapse. However there is another key factor, that is evident f... Read More
Sunday, 06 December 2015 02:01
Guest — Michael J. Eggenberger Sr.

Michael J. Eggenberger Sr.

Thank You Mr. Collins for shedding "additional light" on this tragic crane accident. This accident should continually remind those... Read More
Friday, 04 December 2015 09:19
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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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