Falcon Cranes https://www.falconcranes.com.au Tower Crane & Materials Handling Specialists Thu, 27 Aug 2020 11:26:12 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://i1.wp.com/www.falconcranes.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/cropped-Favicon.jpg?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Falcon Cranes https://www.falconcranes.com.au 32 32 135464131 What is a “Competent Person” https://www.falconcranes.com.au/what-is-a-competent-person/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/what-is-a-competent-person/#respond Thu, 27 Aug 2020 11:08:36 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1591 The post What is a “Competent Person” appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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What is a “Competent Person”?

Safety documentation in the construction industry often refers to the phrase “Competent Person”, however there is much confusion surrounding what this phrase actually means, and what legal obligations it presents. 

In everyday life, the word “competent” simply means a person who is efficient and capable. So, one might assume that everyone on a worksite should be a “competent” person but, in construction, this term means so much more than being qualified or just good at your job.

Definition of a Competent Person in Construction

It is a legal obligation of the construction industry for workers to be designated as being competent at the tasks they perform, and, there are standards that must be met to deem someone as such. 

These standards can vary by industry. But the general scope is that the person must have the skills, experience and knowledge to conduct the task, be able to recognise health and safety hazards as well as have the knowledge and authority to correct those hazards. 

The Queensland Work Health and Safety Regulation 2011 defines a Competent Person as: “a person who has acquired through training, qualification or experience the knowledge and skills to carry out the task”. 

It also provides definitions for particular cases. For example, in the Tower Crane Code of Practice 2017 for the purpose of conducting major inspections under Section 10.7, a Competent Person means “a person who either—  has the skills, qualifications, competence and experience to inspect the plant; and is registered under a law that provides for the registration of professional engineers”. 

How Can Employers Ensure Their Workers Are Competent? 

Employers are responsible for ensuring their workers are thoroughly evaluated to be competent, and, that they are given the power to correct hazards or otherwise know who can enforce changes.

At Falcon Cranes we ensure that our staff are competent by conducting thorough “Verification Of Competency” tests for the type of work they are required to perform.

As an example, our Tower Crane Operators are required to present a valid High Risk Work Licence for the type of crane they will operate, as well as demonstrate their ability to operate each function of the crane safely and efficiently prior to being sent to a job site. 

How does your business or workplace ensure its workers are competent? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Tower Crane Erection for Logan Hospital Mental Health Expansion https://www.falconcranes.com.au/tower-crane-erection-for-logan-hospital-mental-health-expansion/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/tower-crane-erection-for-logan-hospital-mental-health-expansion/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 09:31:47 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1571 The post Tower Crane Erection for Logan Hospital Mental Health Expansion appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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This week at Falcon Cranes we erected one of our Comansa CJ140 Tower Cranes at Logan Central, for our friends at GCB Constructions.

The project involves the expansion of Logan Hospital, to include a new mental health care facility. According to Steven Miles MP, the dedicated space will enable mental health workers to deliver appropriate, safe and personalised treatment for patients who present to the Emergency Department experiencing a mental health crisis.

We’d like to say a big thank you to East Coast Cranes for their mobile crane assistance on the day to erect our tower crane – check out the progress pictures below!

If you or anyone you know is feeling suicidal or suffering from depression or anxiety, there are free resources you can access for help, such as Mates in Construction who offer Industry-backed, research-based, suicide prevention and support in the construction industry.

Other great resources include Beyond Blue, an organisation that provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live – and Lifeline, a free suicide prevention hotline that you can call for crisis support 24/7 on 13 11 14.

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How Can Unauthorised Access to Tower Cranes be Prevented? https://www.falconcranes.com.au/how-can-unauthorised-access-to-tower-cranes-be-prevented/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/how-can-unauthorised-access-to-tower-cranes-be-prevented/#respond Thu, 16 Jul 2020 23:07:39 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1566 The post How Can Unauthorised Access to Tower Cranes be Prevented? appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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Unauthorised access to tower cranes can present a serious issue in the construction industry. There are many reasons for people to choose to trespass a tower crane including for fun, protests, and unfortunately even people wishing to cause themselves harm.

Without the proper knowledge and experience, understanding of how the plant functions, or any of the necessary safety equipment, this unauthorised access can potentially lead to injury, for example a person climbing the crane without a proper safety harness could slip and fall. 

General site security measures are often put in place to prevent and discourage access to a construction site, however additional security measures are required for a tower crane. 

WHS Regulation section 207 states that: “The person with management or control of plant at a workplace must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that when the plant is not in use it is left in a state that does not create a risk to the health or safety of any person.”

At Falcon Cranes, we ensure that the bottom of each tower crane is enclosed with barriers to prevent people climbing up the side of the crane. These barriers can be made from plywood or mesh panels. 

Additionally, ladder access hatches throughout the inside of the tower crane are also fitted with locks to prevent anyone climbing the crane, with keys being locked away at the end of each shift. 

How does your business or workplace prevent unauthorised access to or use of its plant and machinery? Let us know in the comments below! 

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New Addition To The Fleet: Potain Igo 50 Self-Erecting Crane https://www.falconcranes.com.au/new-addition-to-the-fleet-potain-igo-50-self-erecting-crane/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/new-addition-to-the-fleet-potain-igo-50-self-erecting-crane/#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 08:39:47 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1554 The post New Addition To The Fleet: Potain Igo 50 Self-Erecting Crane appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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This week at Falcon Cranes we erected the newest addition to our fleet, the Potain Igo 50 Self-Erecting Crane for our friends at Bespoke Constructions. Falcon now have a fleet of 4 self-erecting cranes ranging from 33m to 40m jib lengths.

The Igo 50 is the largest crane in the Igo range offered by Potain. With 40m of boom, the crane offers a compact design with a small rear slewing radius that ensures maneuverability on even the most congested job sites. This was of great assistance on the first project where a purpose built base grillage was required to bridge existing services and keep within the site boundary.

Its rapid unfolding and erection due to the advantages of hydraulic technology, easy transportation, reduced dimensions and short rear slewing radius make this crane perfect for the job. 

The ability to operate at several jib lengths are advantageous for the first project to ensure working around neighbouring buildings and out of service weathervane conditions can be adhered to.

Want to learn more about the Potain Igo 50 or find a crane that is right for you? 

Check out our Crane Hire page for more information.

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What is a “High/Low Load” & Why Are They Banned? https://www.falconcranes.com.au/what-is-a-high-low-load-why-are-they-banned/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/what-is-a-high-low-load-why-are-they-banned/#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 02:37:06 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1548 The post What is a “High/Low Load” & Why Are They Banned? appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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A “High/Low Load”, otherwise known in the industry as a “Christmas Tree Load” or “Piggy Backing Load”, is where multiple loads are slung in a vertical configuration from a crane in the one lifting operation. 

This method of lifting has traditionally been used in the past to increase productivity by reducing the number of crane lifts required to move materials. 

Unfortunately, conducting high/low loads presents many risks. The task requires the dogman or rigger to hook up one load, then stand underneath that load once it has been lifted in the air to hook up the second load. 

WHS Regulation section 219 states that: “The person with management or control of plant must ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, that no loads are suspended or travel over a person unless the plant is specifically designed for that purpose. The person must also ensure that loads are lifted or suspended in a way that ensures the load remains under control during the activity.”

Therefore, the crane operator would be in breach of legislation by lifting the load over the dogman or riggers head to conduct the lift.

In addition, section 7.2.3 of the Tower Crane Code Of Practice 2017 states that: 

“Lifting multiple loads at the same time (commonly known as high/low loads) should be avoided due to the difficulty in ensuring the dogger is not underneath the loads.”

After looking at the legislation as well as conducting our own thorough risk assessment, Falcon Cranes has determined that High/Load loads present too great of a risk, and have therefore banned the practice.

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Dogman vs Rigger: What’s the difference? https://www.falconcranes.com.au/dogman-vs-rigger-whats-the-difference/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/dogman-vs-rigger-whats-the-difference/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 22:27:02 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1544 The post Dogman vs Rigger: What’s the difference? appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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When working with cranes, the crane operator is just one part of the team. A dogman, sometimes called a dogger, is essential in assisting the crane operator in slinging loads and directing the crane to land loads safely, as well as inspecting lifting gear to determine that it is safe to use.

A rigger is also able to carry out these responsibilities but with extra skills for carrying out particular kinds of rigging work. There are three classes of rigging licenses, each with its own type of work that can be performed.

The type of licence you’ll need will depend on the specific work needed.

Dogman duties:

A Dogman or “dogger” is a specialist in correctly slinging and directing loads handled by cranes. A Dogman must hold a “DG” High Risk Work Licence. The Dogman selects the best equipment to sling a certain load based on mass and centre of gravity. 

In addition they perform the role of directing the crane operator whilst the load is out of the view of the operator using a combination of radio communication, whistles and hand signals. Often, the crane operator will work with a team of dogmen, for example: one on the ground to attach the load and another on top of the building to remove it. 

Rigger duties:

A rigger can perform all of the same duties that a Dogman can perform, as well as more advanced rigging techniques based on the type of rigger licence they have. The type of work that can be performed by each kind of rigger is as following:

Basic Rigging (RB):

  • Dogman duties
  • Erecting of structural steel and materials
  • Placement of pre-cast concrete members of a structure
  • Installation of static lines, safety nets and work platforms for mast climbers
  • Cantilevered crane loading platforms

Intermediate rigging – RI:

  • All Basic Rigging duties
  • rigging of cranes, conveyors, dredges and excavators
  • Erecting of tilt-slabs and precast concrete panels
  • Dual-crane lifts
  • Demolition

Advanced rigging – RA:

  •  All Intermediate rigging duties
  • Rigging of specialised materials, such as:
    • Gin poles
    • Shear legs
    • Flying foxes
    • Guyed derricks; and
    • Guyed structures
  • Erecting of suspended scaffolds and fabricated hung scaffolds.

For more information, see the Qld Government licensing information:

https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/licensing-and-registrations/work-health-and-safety-licences/what-licence-do-i-need/rigger-and-dogger

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How Often Does Lifting Gear Need To Be Inspected? https://www.falconcranes.com.au/how-often-does-lifting-gear-need-to-be-inspected/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/how-often-does-lifting-gear-need-to-be-inspected/#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 07:38:53 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1538 The post How Often Does Lifting Gear Need To Be Inspected? appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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Keeping up with the compliance of lifting gear on your construction project can sometimes seem like a complicated task; in this post we have outlined best practices and clarified what is required by law in Queensland.

Initial Inspection Prior To First Use

Industry best practice is to perform a visual inspection on all lifting equipment prior to its first use after receiving it from the supplier to ensure that it is the correct rated capacity and that it will meet your specific requirements.

An inspection certificate is usually supplied when purchasing new equipment to show its manufacture date, serial number and the date of initial inspection.

In addition to visual checks prior to first use, it is a legal requirement that all lifting, rigging and height safety equipment you use must be inspected and tagged by a “competent person” at regular intervals which we have outlined below.

Round and Web Slings

In Queensland, round and web slings must be visually inspected by a “competent person”, at least once every 3 months.

Lifting Cages & Fabricated Lifting Devices

Lifting cages and custom fabricated lifting devices must be load tested and fitted with a data tag when they are first manufactured. After this initial third party test, these items must be visually inspected by a “competent person”, at least once every 12 months.

Height Safety Equipment

In Queensland, height safety equipment must be visually inspected by a “competent person”, at least once every 6 months.

Concrete Clutches

In addition to a visual inspection by a “competent person” at least once every 12 months, concrete clutches must also be load tested every 12 months in Queensland.

Chain Slings and Shackles

Finally, Chain slings and Shackles must be visually inspected by a “competent person” at least once every 12 months in Queensland.

Additional Inspections Depending On Usage

Whilst carrying out these legally required inspections to the above schedules, it is important to note that depending on how often the equipment is used and workplace conditions, it may be necessary to carry out additional inspections to ensure that the equipment is safe to use.

Falcon Cranes procedure, and part of our daily pre-start check for operators, is that a visual inspection be carried out on all lifting equipment prior to EACH use, as it may not be in the same condition as last time it was used.

Have you ever been caught out with confusing lifting equipment laws? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Falcon Cranes Now Servicing Three Palm Beach Waterfront Developments https://www.falconcranes.com.au/falcon-cranes-now-servicing-three-palm-beach-waterfront-developments/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/falcon-cranes-now-servicing-three-palm-beach-waterfront-developments/#respond Fri, 08 May 2020 00:19:59 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1479 The post Falcon Cranes Now Servicing Three Palm Beach Waterfront Developments appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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Falcon Cranes recently erected our second brand new BQ GHD4510 Luffing Tower Crane onsite at Palm Beach for our friends at CRU Collective on the SIARN Beachfront Living Project.

This marks the third waterfront development project that Falcon Cranes is servicing at Palm Beach with our first BQ GHD4510 Tower Crane working 2km south for Hutchinson Builders, and our Potain MC115 which is 500m North working for our friends at 5Point Projects.

We also recently concluded another project for Hutchinson Builders at 23rd Avenue, Palm Beach with our Comansa CJ140.

Check out our drone footage showing off the amazing waterfront views!

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Falcon Cranes 2nd BQ GHD4510 at Palm Beach! https://www.falconcranes.com.au/falcon-cranes-2nd-bq-ghd4510-at-palm-beach/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/falcon-cranes-2nd-bq-ghd4510-at-palm-beach/#respond Fri, 01 May 2020 05:11:38 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1446 The post Falcon Cranes 2nd BQ GHD4510 at Palm Beach! appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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Last week Falcon Cranes erected their second brand new BQ GHD4510 Luffing Tower Crane onsite at Palm Beach for our friends at CRU Collective on the SIARN Beachfront Living Project.

This marks the third waterfront development project that Falcon Cranes is servicing at Palm Beach with our first BQ GHD4510 Tower Crane working 2km south for Hutchinson Builders at 77 Jefferson Lane, and our Potain MC115 which is 500m North at the Sakura Site working for our friends at 5Point Construction.

Check out the drone footage showing off the amazing beachfront views and our tower cranes in action!

We would like to say a big thank you to all of the #essentialworkers from Universal Cranes, the transport crew, traffic control crew and everyone else involved for their fantastic work erecting the crane last week – check out some of the photos taken on the day!

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Kyronn: Pinnacle On The Park – Tower Crane Installation https://www.falconcranes.com.au/kyronn-pinnacle-on-the-park-tower-crane-installation/ https://www.falconcranes.com.au/kyronn-pinnacle-on-the-park-tower-crane-installation/#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 23:22:24 +0000 https://www.falconcranes.com.au/?p=1376 The post Kyronn: Pinnacle On The Park – Tower Crane Installation appeared first on Falcon Cranes.

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This week at Falcon Cranes we erected our Potain MCT88 Tower Crane onsite at Parkwood for our friends at Kyronn.

We’d like to give a big thanks and shout out to Universal Cranes for their assitance on the day using their Grove GMK4100L Mobile Crane.

Check out the awesome drone video above and some more of the photos from the install below!

As part of our service to our customers, we can design, supply and install high tech, vibrant and easy to read signs in a huge range of colours to help your business stand out to the hundreds of thousands of people that drive past every day. Kyronn have taken advantage of this fantastic opportunity on the Pinnacle On The Park Project – check out the signage here with more photos to come! 

Want to learn more about how to make your business or project stand out? Visit our Crane Signage & Lighting Page to learn more!

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