Crane Pre-Use Inspection Checklist: What to Look For

Crane Pre-Use Inspection Checklist: What to Look For

Crane Pre-Operation Inspection

When it comes to crane inspections, keeping up with them on the required inspection schedule should ALWAYS be the #1 priority.

According to the Canadian Standards Association, crane inspections should follow standards outlined by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization)—Specifically ISO 4309 and ISO 9927-1.

However, in-between those required inspections, it’s always a good idea to be proactive about your workplace safety and perform pre-operation inspections.

If your company provides it, always use and follow maintenance checklists that include critical safety components as specified by the manufacturer, professional engineer and/or your company’s requirements. The following list is based on information provided by the Canadian Centre of Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) and can serve as a good starting point in the creation of a company-specific checklist that suits your crane and any specialized hardware being used more effectively.

Crane Pre-Use Inspection Checklist: What to Check for During Pre-Operation Inspection

  • All capacity markings are present
  • All rope has no sign of kinks, cuts, breaks, corrosion, reduced diameter, broken strands of wires or other signs of wear or damage.
  • Rope drum cable is positioned correctly in the groove tracking and the means of anchoring is correct with no wear or damage.
  • Sheave ropes and guides are aligned correctly, and there’s no wear on the sheave groove.
  • All hooks are free of cracks, deformation, bent safety latches, broken springs or other signs of wear or damage.
  • You’re using the appropriate type of sling with legible and appropriate capacity ratings, with no holes, cuts, crushed wedding or other signs of damage.
  • All lights are working properly with none burnt out or broken.
  • Mechanical parts and guards aren’t loose, bent broken or missing.
  • Rails aren’t broken chipped or cracked.
  • No signs of wear on wheels (shown by bumpy riding).
  • Bearings aren’t loose or worn.
  • No signs of shoe wear on brakes.
  • Bridge bumpers and trolley end stops aren’t loose, missing or improperly placed.
  • Controller and collector shoes or bars aren’t worn, pitted, loose broken or in faulty operation.
  • All control buttons are labeled to indicate their function, are properly functioning and release immediately without sticking.
  • All boards, railings, and ladders in the foot walk zone are in appropriate condition.
  • All gears are properly lubricated with no presence of foreign materials in the gear teeth (indicated by grinding or squealing).
  • A fire extinguisher is present in the crane cab.
  • Before closing the main or emergency switch, ensure no one is on or around the crane – even when starting on regular duty.
  • Before closing the main switch, make sure that all controllers are in the “off” position.
  • Inspect oil after opening and locking out the main switch.
  • Make sure no overhead power lines are obstructing the crane operation.

 

Document these findings clearly in your maintenance logbook which should include all tests, repairs, modification, and maintenance. Keep this logbook with the crane and call upon certified professional inspection technicians and engineers as required. Never operate the crane if based on these findings it does not seem to be in safe working condition.

Crane Pre-Use Inspection Checklist: What to Inspect While the Crane is Moving

Before lifting any load with a crane, you should always inspect it while it is moving. During this inspection you should be looking out for:

  • Smooth play out of wire rope to and from a drum.
  • Sheaves are turning without binding or jerking as a rope passes over them.
  • Ropes are properly aligned where it enters the sheaves.
  • Ropes aren’t rubbing on the rope sheave guards.
  • No rubbing, scraping, or clattering noises during operation.
  • No jerky movements.
  • Controls and brakes are operating properly.

 

You should also test that the limit switch is working properly by slowly raising the hook block with no load attached to the hook.


When it doubt, always call upon the experts.

These pre-operation inspections should only be used as a way to stay on top of typical wear and tear that may lead to required maintenance.

Without inspections and maintenance, equipment failures can have a major effect on business costs, cause unscheduled outages and most importantly, could cause major and possibly deadly safety hazards. Hercules SLR offers crane certifications & LEEA-certified inspections, repairs, predictive & preventive maintenance (so you can pass those inspections!) and crane parts & accessories like wire rope slings, hoists & whatever else you need to lift.

Hercules SLR has qualified technicians to inspect and service all crane classes, specifically:

  • Overhead/Bridge Cranes
    • Top Running Overhead Crane
    • Under Running Overhead Crane
    • Modular Crane
  • Gantry Cranes
  • Tower Cranes
  • Rail Road Cranes
  • Floating Cranes
  • Aerial Cranes
  • Jib Crane

Have a type of crane you need serviced, but we didn’t cover it here? Give us a call—We service anything

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5 of the Largest and Strongest Cranes

5 of the Largest and Strongest Cranes

5 of the Largest and Strongest Cranes

There are so many types of cranes and crane equipment, which we’ve covered on the blog before—But which types of cranes are the biggest and strongest? Don’t worry, Hercules SLR is here to help.

Read on to discover what some of the mightiest cranes are and what they can do.

1. LTM 11200-9.1

LTM 11200-9.1 crane

Designed by Liebherr, located in Switzerland, the mobile crane, LTM 11200-9.1, is the strongest telescopic mobile crane in the market and offers the world’s longest telescopic boom. It has a maximum lift capacity of 1,200-tons, a maximum hoisting height of 188 meters (616 feet) and a maximum radius of 136 meters (446 feet) – This is over the length of a football field! 

Some of the features found on the LTM 11200-9.1 are:

  • 100m long telescopic boom and 22m telescopic boom extension.
  • Lifting capacity of 65-tons at the 100m long, suspended telescopic boom.
  • 126m long luffing fly jib.
  • 60.5m long fixed jib, optionally hydraulically adjustable.
  • Fast and easy crane assembly with little required space.
  • Active, speed dependent rear-axle steering (all axles can be steered).
  • Economical transportation.

The LTM 11200-9.1 has been used to assemble larger portal cranes, radio towers, absorber columns, and wind power generators. When fully-loaded the base of the vehicle drives with slewing platforms, luffing cylinder and all four folding beams—With all of these elements, it will weigh in at over 100-tons. However, dismantling these elements is easy to do, making it so you only have to travel with what will be used on the job. Doing this can lessen the total weight to 34-tons, making it much more economical to transport.

2. PTC 200 DS PTC 200 DS crane

The PTC 200 DS is owned and operated by a company called Mammoet, located in the Netherlands. This crane is nearly 205 meters (675 feet) tall, has an attachment that can lift 3,500 tons at it’s max capacity and is so large that in order to weigh it down, 35 shipping containers (each 40 feet long) filled with sand are used as counterweights.

This heavy-lift crane has a maximum lift height of 140 meters (459 feet) and a radius of over 136 meters (446 feet). The PTC200 DS can handle a 2,000-ton load at a radius of up to 78 meters with 3,500 tonnes of ballast and 117 meters (383 feet) of boom—Or 58 (190 feet) meters radius on a 140-meter boom. It recently went through an upgrade that allows the crane to lift a 2,000-ton structure in one piece as opposed to lifting it in multiple sections.

The PTC 200 DS heavy-lift crane is used around the world mostly on large refinery and petrochemical projects. The crane was even used to construct the Dubai Observation Wheel, which is the world’s tallest Ferris wheel towering at nearly 213 meters (700 feet) tall. Other than this project, the crane has spent the majority of its life in the United States, South America and here in Canada!

3. The Asian Hercules IIIasian hercules lll 3 crane

The Asian Hercules is one of the world’s largest floating cranes, weighing in at a whopping 16,805-tons. The complete vessel features accommodations for 45 people! With a lifting capacity of 5,000-tons and a maximum lifting height of 120 meters (393 feet), this floating giant is designed for heavy lifting operations offshore.

The Asian Hercules III was constructed in 2015, registered in Singapore and has an ‘ABS A1, + AMS – Heavy Lift Vessel’ classification crane. Among its features, this crane operates with the following winches:

  • 2 cargo winches capable of pulling 20 tons at 10m/min.
  • 2 class anchor winches for handling the 6,975kg HHP bow anchor with a 76 mm grade 3 anchor chain.
  • 2 luffing winches providing a maximum luffing speed of 1.00m/min at full load.
  • 4 main hoisting winches for the A-frame, and 2 for the Jib, each capable of hoisting speeds of 2m/min at full load and 5m/min a light or no load.
  • 2 Jib adjustments winches, mounted on the A-frame, for adjustment of the job without load from 00 to 400 with respect to the A-frame.
  • 2 aux hoisting winches for the A-frame and 1 unit for the Jib, each capable of hoisting speeds of 10m/min at full load of 20 tons.

What’s the Jib? A jib or jib arm is the horizontal or near-horizontal beam used in many types of crane to support the load clear of the main support.

The construction of this mega-crane, designed by Gunnebo, is the culmination of more than 250-years of technical know-how. Designing the vessel required a 5000-ton modular block system with a spreader beam, luffing blocks, and sheaves. After two years of design and construction, the Asian Hercules III is a flexible lifting solution with interchangeable parts that can be customized for different lifting configurations.

4. SGC – 250 sgc-250 crane

The SGC – 250, the Sarens Giant Crane also known as ‘Big Carl’, is a 250,000t/m heavy crane designed to accommodate the heavy lifting requirements for refinery, oil and gas, mining, offshore platform, and third-generation components for nuclear power plants.

Built in 2015, this crane has a maximum lift capacity of 5,000-tons and features a 118m – 160.5m main boom configuration with a 40.5m – 99.5 m heavy-duty jib configuration. It operates on a 48.5m outer ring and requires a 5,200-ton counterweight. The jib can be extended up to 100 meters, giving it a maximum height of 250 meters (820 feet) and radius 275 meters (902 feet).

The SGC – 250 can operate on two different blocks at the same time—One on the main boom and one on the jib. The crane’s main hook block weighs 105 tonnes and has a safe working load (SWL) of 3,200 tonnes while the jib hook weighs 58 tonnes and has an SWL of 1,600 tonnes.

After it’s unveiling the SGC – 250 was transported to the UK where it was used on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station construction project. Over the course of that project, the SGC lifted more than 600 pieces of pre-fabricated components.

5. SK10,000

SK10,000

Finishing up our list we have a crane that hasn’t yet hit the scene, but when it does, it will take the spot of the world’s largest land-based crane. The SK10,000, created by ALE, is set to be completed by Q4 of 2020.

As floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) units and floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) units grow in popularity, larger cranes like the SK10,000 become necessary. Often times, modules of these ships are constructed elsewhere and then transferred to the shipyard for assembly. The SK10,000 will allow modules to be installed directly onto the ship’s hulls, advancing current capabilities in terms of both maximum weight lifted and impact on these project’s efficiency.

The SK10,000 will deliver unparalleled lifting capacity as well as a number of other features such as:

  • Jib outreach of up to 200m (655ft).
  • Ground bearing pressure below 25te/m2.
  • A winch hoisting system with various hook blocks to maximize lift capacity and hoisting speed.
  • A small plot area—The design will eliminate the need to install a full ring or crane track unless specifically required for the project, which will reduce the space needed to operate by 45%. This will be ideal for busy shipyards or areas with restricted access like oil refineries or petrochemical plants.
  • Reduced on-site disruption—The large lifting radius will allow the crane to be fully rigged and operated off-plot with less groud preparation needed.
  • Simplified logistics and assembly—ALE‘s specialists will be able to assemble the crane in a matter of weeks using standard plant and a crawler crane.

What’s a crawler crane? A crawler crane has its boom mounted on an undercarriage fitted with a set of crawler tracks that provide both stability and mobility. Crawler cranes range in lifting capacity from 40 to 3,500 short tons.


Hercules SLR offers crane certifications & LEEA-certified inspections, repairs, predictive & preventive maintenance and crane parts & accessories like wire rope slings, hoists & whatever else you need to lift.

When you spend a long day lifting, hoisting and pulling, your body probably has some aches & pains. Did you know your crane is no different? Just like a weightlifter must take care of their body, watch what they eat and even ensure the palms of their hands are prepared to lift, your crane needs a similar level of care. (And, we know what happens when this level of care is overlooked).

Click here to discover what type of cranes Hercules SLR services, the equipment & products we service, sell & inspect and why looking after your crane benefits you in the long-run.


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All About Crane Service at Hercules SLR in New Brunswick

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CRANE SERVICE IN NEW BRUNSWICK

WHY HERCULES SLR? 

 

We’re your one-stop shop. Would you make three different stops in the morning to get your sugar, milk and grounds for your morning coffee? Of course not—Why should your crane service be any different?

Hercules SLR offers crane certifications & LEEA-certified inspections, repairs, predictive & preventive maintenance (so you can pass those inspections!) and crane parts & accessories like wire rope slings, hoists & whatever else you need to lift.

If you work in construction, industrial project management or even a warehouse facility, you probably face your fair share of challenges—And cranes. And, probably your fair share of crane problems, too. Your overhead lifting device should not be one of these challenges.

Did you know Hercules SLR in New Brunswick offers crane rentals, equipment & accessories and services? We do!

When you spend a long day lifting, hoisting and pulling, your body probably has some aches & pains. Did you know your crane is no different? Just like a weightlifter must take care of their body, watch what they eat and even ensure the palms of their hands are prepared to lift, your crane needs a similar level of care.

Read on to discover what type of cranes Hercules SLR services, the equipment & product we service, sell & inspect and why looking after your crane benefits you in the long-run.

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WHAT TYPES OF CRANES DOES HERCULES SLR SERVICE?
If you need overhead lifting device service or rentals, you’re in the right place. What kinds of cranes do we service? We service all crane classes, specifically: 

  • Overhead/Bridge Cranes
    • Top Running Overhead Crane
    • Under Running Overhead Crane
    • Modular Crane
  • Gantry Cranes
  • Tower Cranes
  • Rail Road Cranes
  • Floating Cranes
  • Aerial Cranes
  • Jib Crane

Have a type of crane you need serviced, but we didn’t cover it here? Give us a call—We service anything. 

HOW MUCH DOES CRANE INSPECTION COST?

We know, your top concern is probably price. “How much will this inspection, repair, preventive maintenance, etc. cost?” Unfortunately, this cost will likely vary depending on factors like what kind of service or part you need.

Specific costs will vary—Like we’ve covered in previous blogs, there are many different parts of a crane or types of service you might need, ranging from below-the-hook, repairs to the structural steel or inspections to the jib or other crane component.

  • Downtime: It can put a damper on productivity when a crane’s out of service, and the downtime associated an out-of-service crane with halting or pausing a project can be costly—Quickly, too.
  • Productivity: When inspections or tests are conducted by a competent/qualified person, they can identify issues and repairs can be scheduled during slower periods, so you don’t disrupt work and you know your crane is running reliably & smoothly during your business’ busy periods.
  • Peace-of-Mind: Know your equipment is running smoothly & ready-to-go, know if a repair or equipment replacement is cheaper and that your team is safe.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

We know, ‘preventive maintenance‘ might seem like a big waste of money for your organization. However, like mentioned above, preventive maintenance can actually reduce costs that eventually, can become even bigger repair costs.

  1. Reduce physical labour for employees.
  2. Meet project deadlines & stay on schedule.
  3. Cut-down on repair costs, prevent future damage and eliminate unforeseen equipment failure.
  4. Protect your investment.
  5. And finally, (the one you probably know), because you have to—It’s the law.

CRANE INSPECTION: WHERE, WHEN & HOW OFTEN?

CRANE INSPECTION: WHERE, WHEN & HOW OFTEN?

There are many different types of cranes, and your workplace will (should) have a robust inspection program plan in place for each type. Inspection frequency depends on a number of things, like:

  • How often the crane is used & when it’s being used,
  • Which Service Class the crane belongs to,
  • What it’s used for and what type of inspection is being done.

According to the Canadian Standards Association, crane inspections should follow standards outlined by ISO (the International Organization for Standardization)—Specifically ISO 4309 and ISO 9927-1.

Find it difficult to track this for your business? We know, and we listened. Receive crane service from Hercules SLR and gain access to our free asset management service, CertTracker.

What’s so good about CertTracker? 

  • Secure online database: Keep your entire operational asset history in one, secure place.
  • Alerts: CertTracker will notify management of failed inspections, repairs and work order details—It also tells you when you’re overdue for inspections and repairs.
  • Easy access: CertTracker uses RFID chips while handheld computers capture inspections & maintenance operations, which eliminates the need to manually enter data. It captures equipment when in & out of service, location transfers and all data is sent to the online database so you know exactly where it is, whenever you input it. If that’s not enough, it also converts units of measure instantly for easy use onsite.
  • Customization: Track what you need to track. Have your team or service provider record daily inspections, scheduled maintenance, annual inspections or other important dates. Each inspection is time-stamped by the user so your audit record is always accurate & reliable. Find specific assets by I.D. number, location, owner, etc.—Whatever you prefer.
  • Available 24/7: CertTracker is online and always open.
WHAT COULD GO WRONG? 

Inspections check for a number of issues. It’s important to have your crane serviced regularly—It becomes time-consuming, costly & ineffective to both operate and service the crane the longer you avoid proper inspections.

IN NEW BRUNSWICK, WE ALSO OFFER:

Hercules SLR in New Brunswick also manufactures gin wheels, or pulleys wheels. Gin wheels are a convenient, low-cost & economical way to raise and lower a load.

Hercules SLR in Moncton & Saint John, New Brunswick fabricates custom gin wheels, load-rated for use in refineries.

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The Silent Killer: How Carbon Monoxide is Formed

working welding with welders mask

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: The Silent Killer

What’s odourless, colourless, tasteless and can kill you almost instantly? Carbon monoxide (CO).

Carbon monoxide poisoning is a reality for everyone, not just those who work in industrial trades.

Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen over time or in an instant, depending on the level of Carbon Monoxide in the air. Certain spaces are more prone to carbon monoxide poisoning than others, for example, confined spaces are more likely to pose a risk for CO poisoning. 

Carbon monoxide is made when you burn: 

  • Oil
  • Coal
  • Gas
  • Wood
  • Propane
  • Natural gas 

Like we touch on above, it’s particularly deadly when burnt in an enclosed space with little air-circulation or flow.   

In this blog, we’ll cover what exactly is carbon monoxide, how & if it can be treated, how you can prevent CO poisoning, what the symptoms are and steps employers & employees should take to minimize the risk of dangerous exposure.  

WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE?

Like we mention above, carbon monoxide is an odourless, tasteless & colourless flammable gas. Carbon monoxide is in many other substances, like the air we breathe—The amount of CO in the air is approximately 0.2 parts per million (ppm) which isn’t harmful to humans.

In increased levels (usually around 150ppm or higher), carbon monoxide becomes deadly.   

OK, SO WHAT IS CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING?

Carbon monoxide poisoning happens when CO is inhaled and builds up in the bloodstream.  

The body displaces the oxygen in your red blood cells with carbon monoxide. Your bloodstream can’t send  oxygen to vital organs like your brain, heart & nervous tissue so they can work. This leads to unconsciousness, and if it worsens, death. 

It’s important to note that carbon monoxide is poisonous to animals, too. 

CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Symptoms of CO poisoning can appear quickly, or slowly over time depending on the amount in the air, the size of the individual & their muscular activity and the amount of time they’re exposed to the CO.

Many signs of CO poisoning resemble the flu. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include:

  • Headache
  • Nausea/Vomiting 
  • Trouble breathing 
  • Dizziness 
  • Confusion 
  • Chest pain 
  • Stomach pain 

If someone is sleeping or intoxicated, they likely won’t display symptoms, but will still succumb to CO poisoning. Everyone exposed to CO poisoning will be effected, no matter individual health, size or gender—Although the time that symptoms and sickness appear may differ. 

Even cases of carbon dioxide poisoning that aren’t considered that serious can lead to long-lasting health effects. Some of these include:

  • Brain damage
  • Heart damage
  • Organ damage
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING: WHAT SORT OF WORK PRODUCES CARBON MONOXIDE? 

You probably know now that carbon monoxide poisoning can impact anyone—Whether you’re at work, home or school, all sorts of environments can produce CO.

One of the largest producers of carbon monoxide in the world are natural disasters/sources, like forest fires, but workers still need to be prepared for work that produces carbon monoxide, especially when it takes place in areas where air flow is restricted. Carbon monoxide burns well when it’s mixed with air, and this can be explosive in high-enough amounts. 

When it comes to carbon monoxide at work, there are a few different types of work that have the potential to produce harmful levels of carbon monoxide if not managed properly. 

Some jobs, or factors around jobs that can produce dangerous levels of carbon monoxide include: 

  • Welding 
  • Work vehicles 
  • Portable generators 
  • Engines, (ex. Internal Combustion Engines) 
  • Gasoline-powered tools 
  • Fire/Explosions
  • Natural gas heaters 
  • Kilns, furnaces or boilers 
  • Cigarette smoke 
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING: PREVENTION

There are many steps you can take to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning at work. 

What does carbon monoxide do to the body over time? Take a look at the chart below: 

 
Employers can:
  • Install a ventilation system that removes carbon monoxide from work areas. 
  • Maintain water & space heaters, cooking ranges/gas stoves 
  • Use alternatives to gas-powered equipment 
  • Install and use a carbon monoxide detector—Choose a detector that will sound the alarm before carbon monoxide reaches dangerous levels. 
  • Don’t use gas-powered tools in areas with poor ventilation 
  • Regularly test the quality of air where carbon monoxide-producing work is performed 
  • Ensure employees are trained and are wearing appropriate PPE for the work and conditions 
CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING: TREATMENT

If you suspect someone of experiencing carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 immediately. Remove them from the carbon monoxide-affected area only if you’re wearing the appropriate PPE to protect yourself—Remember, nearly 60% of confined space deaths happen to worker’s trying to rescue others. 

First, a blood sample is taken to determine if you have carbon monoxide poisoning. 

In terms of treatment, there are different courses of action to take. DO NOT consider this a guide of what to do, but rather some potential things to expect from treatment from the hospital depending on your carbon monoxide levels. 

For treatment, they might: 

  • Have the poisoned person breath fresh air or pure oxygen 
  • Place the person in a high-pressure chamber that forces oxygen into the body  
KNOW YOUR PPE: RESPIRATORS 

Working in areas where you’ll be exposed to harmful gases, chemicals or air? A respirator might be just the PPE you need. 

Get to know the respirator, here: 

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Want more tips to deal with Carbon Monoxide? Open the Hercules SLR Toolbox and find quizzes, infographics & video to make your next safety meeting one they’ll actually care about. 


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Hercules SLR is part of Hercules Group of Companies, with locations and unique businesses coast-to-coast. We provide securing, lifting and rigging services for sectors in Canada and Internationally. Hercules SLR serves the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com

Out of the World Lifts: SLR Helps Radarsat Constellation Mission

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Lifting Out of this World: Hercules SLR Helps RADARSAT Constellation Mission

Hercules SLR is committed to safety at every level—Even in outer space.

On Wednesday, June 12, SpaceX launched the RADARSAT Constellation Mission from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

At 7:17 a.m. PDT (14:17 UTC), the Falcon 9 launched, which was the first of three RADARSAT satellites deployed about 54 minutes following launch.

After stage separation, the Falcon 9 returned to SpaceX’s Landing Zone 4 at the Air Force Base. The first stage for the RADARSAT Constellation mission previously supported Crew Dragon’s first demo mission in March 2019.

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission shows Canada’s excellence in Earth observation from Space. The RADARSAT Constellation Mission is made of three identical C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Earth observation satellites built by MDA, a Maxar Company.

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission will scan and collect daily revisits of Canada’s vast territory and maritime approaches, like the Arctic, up to four times per day. The three-satellite configuration can also access any point of 90% of the world’s surface.

The RADARSAT Constellation Mission supports the Government of Canada to deliver responsive and cost-effective services for fields like maritime surveillance, ecosystem and climate change observation.

For example, the RADARSAT Constellation Mission will:

  • Help create precise sea ice maps of Canada’s oceans and the Great Lakes to facilitate navigation and commercial maritime transportation. Each satellite also carries an Automatic Identification System receiver, allowing improved detection and tracking of vessels of interest.
  • Collect highly-accurate data that will let farmers maximize crop yields, while reducing energy consumption and use of potential pollutants.
  • Take and provide images of areas affected by disaster to help organize emergency response efforts and protect local population.

Hercules SLR is one of many proud Canadian suppliers to supply rigging equipment, hardware and safety training to make the RADARSAT Constellation Mission possible.  

Learn more about the mission and launch—Checkout the webcast from the SpaceX YouTube channel below. 

Video via SpaceX


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Hercules SLR is part of Hercules Group of Companies, with locations and unique businesses coast-to-coast. We provide securing, lifting and rigging services for sectors in Canada and Internationally. Hercules SLR serves the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com

Our Testing’s in the (Water) Bag | #TrainingTuesday

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WATER BAG TESTING AT HERCULES SLR

We’ve covered the importance of pre-use checks & inspections on the Hercules SLR blog before, like visual inspections, proof-testing and non-destructive testing – One thing we haven’t covered, however, is what water bag proof load testing is and why we do it here at Hercules SLR. 

So, to start—What’s a water bag, anyway?

Well, it’s a little less exciting than a water-ballon (only a little bit, promise) and is a method used to proof load test cranes that uses water instead of traditional, solid weights.  

There are quite a few benefits when you load test with a water bag versus traditional, solid weights. But what are they? In this article, we’ll cover:

  • What water bags are used to test for
  • The benefits of using water bags
  • Useful hardware for securing & rigging a water bag 
  • Safety tips 

WATER BAG TESTING | BENEFITS 

Water bags testing is for:

  • Cranes
  • Lifeboats
  • Elevators & conveyors 
  • Load-bearing structures & lifting equipment
  • Counterweights 
  • Bridges 

WATER BAG TESTING | BENEFITS 

What are the benefits of using water bags to test crane strength? Well, there is: 

  • If you’re close to a water supply. water bags: 
    • significantly reduce transportation costs, storage and handling issues 
    • rigging time
    • overall expense 
    • test load applied gradually and precisely 
    • problems identified and dealt with long before max. load is reached, and allows for safe controlled environment during testing conditions. 

Water bags are best used with spreader beams for offshore application. If you’re operating a crane or any piece of hoisting or lifting equipment, you must test it before using it for anything

A proof test is a test used to check the condition of any load-bearing structure. Often, during a proof test weight is applied beyond the working load limit to test how much strength a structure, like a crane, can truly take—This is important in case the crane is someday loaded beyond capacity. 

WATER BAG TESTING | HARDWARE 

So, what kind of equipment should you use with a water bag? Here’s some rigging equipment that might help you to secure the load: 

  • MasterLink  
  • Round Sling(s)
  • Shackles (Various or specific types of shackles may be required to secure the water bag—Check with manufacturing/provincial regulations to make sure your rigging complies). 
  • Lifting straps 

WATER BAG TESTING | SAFETY TIPS

  • Don’t load bags beyond the working load limit (WLL)
  • Use a calibrated monitoring device to measure the load of the water bag 
  • Remember, the water bag is considered the load, not lifting equipment & the lifting set for the water bag is separate—Keep this in mind when using water bags to test load-bearing structures. 
  • Optimal water bag design has a load carried by the web lifting set, not through the bag’s material. 
  • Be sure to perform a risk assessment before you test a crane or other load-bearing structure with water bags—There are instances that a water bag will fail, and riggers and nearby personnel must have a plan in place if failure occurs. 
  • Inspect water bags before each use 
  • Do not hang more than three water bags from a single attachment point 

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HERCULES SLR PROVIDES REPAIRS, INSPECTIONS & MAINTENANCE FOR RIGGING EQUIPMENT—WE ALSO PROVIDE WATER BAG TESTING & EQUIPMENT RENTALS FOR YOUR LOAD-BEARING STRUCTURES. 

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Hercules SLR is part of Hercules Group of Companies, with locations and unique businesses coast-to-coast. We provide securing, lifting and rigging services for sectors in Canada and Internationally. Hercules SLR serves the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com

LEEA Training at Hercules SLR: Teaching with an Edge

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Hercules SLR is a full LEEA member, and it’s important for us to stay up-to-date with industry trends, education and certifications, like LEEA training. 

LEEA TRAINING | WHAT’S LEEA?

So, what’s LEEA training? LEEA is the Lifting Equipment Engineer’s Association, which operates across the globe (they’re based in over 69 countries!) as a representative body for everyone involved in the lifting & hoisting industry.

The association has played a key role in the specialized lifting field for over 70 years, from training & standards setting through to health and safety, the provision of technical and legal advice, and the development of examination and licensing systems.

LEEA TRAINING | AT HERCULES SLR

This month, Inspectors from our branches across Canada participated in LEEA Level-2 General Advanced training. This training covers broad lifting and hoisting principles for inspectors, and includes what to look for on equipment like chain slings, wire rope, shackles and eye bolts.

Clint, an Inspector from Hercules SLR in Brampton, Ontario says, “LEEA training is great – It gives us a better understanding of how the equipment actually works, which makes it much easier to identify problems.” 

Clint, an Inspector from Hercules SLR in Brampton, Ontario says, “LEEA training is great – It gives us a better understanding of how the equipment actually works, which makes it much easier to identify problems.”

 

“I love having the opportunity to learn more, and the training really helps us notice things that sometimes, aren’t blatantly obvious.”

During training, LEEA instructors are accessible and eager to answer questions. Students don’t feel rushed, and learn not just from a book, but from real-world applications that relate to topics in the book and lesson.

At Hercules SLR, we’re proud that all of our inspectors have the LEEA Lifting Equipment General Diploma, and all receive on-going training. LEEA Certification gives inspectors an edge – when you’re LEEA-certified, you receive a LEEA card you can show clients & customers on-site, so they know they’re in good hands.

Another benefit Hercules SLR Inspectors say LEEA gives, is trust. “Sometimes, a company might not think your diagnosis is correct, or say ‘We’ve always done it this way, so it works’. But when you’re LEEA-certified, your opinion is automatically credible.” says Clint,  Hercules SLR Inspector.

LEEA TRAINING | WHAT’S NEXT? 

The next LEEA training topic on the Hercules SLR docket are manual hoists. What are our inspectors excited for?

“I can’t wait to gain more insight into the equipment we inspect, especially manual hoists, which are up next. The courses become more niche as you go along, and the next training will be a 50/50 spilt – Time will be spent equally in the classroom and hands-on, with the gear.” says a Hercules SLR Inspector.

LEEA Training teaches gives our Inspectors a detailed eye to keep your rigging, lifting and hoisting gear safe, durable and read-to-work.


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Hercules SLR is part of Hercules Group of Companies, with locations and unique businesses coast-to-coast. We provide securing, lifting and rigging services for sectors in Canada and Internationally. Hercules SLR serves the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, mining and marine industries.

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com

Crane Service: Lifting you in Sudbury, Ontario

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What makes our crane service so special in Sudbury, Ontario? We do it all.

Our team of crane technicians in Sudbury, Ontario grew from two to five within months, and business is boomin’—They’re a small team, with big goals.

Cranes are simple-enough machines, yet require specific, detailed and reliable service. There are approximately seven different kinds of cranes commonly-found on worksites—These include tower cranes, overhead cranes, boom cranes, rough-terrain cranes and telescopic cranes.

At Hercules SLR in Sudbury, Ontario we service and provide equipment and service for all these, and more. Read on to learn details about our crane service in Sudbury, Ontario.

CRANE SERVICE | WE OFFER

In Sudbury, Ontario, crane services include:

  • Inspections
  • Repairs
  • Maintenance, including preventative maintenance for cranes and their equipment
  • With any of the above services, have access to our asset management service, CertTracker.

CertTracker lets you:

  • Easily store and track upcoming inspections and important maintenance dates
  • Store your equipment documentation in one, easy spot (which makes inspection a breeze)
  • View assets, documents and their status quickly and easily
  • Quickly & easily mark gear as failed and order new equipment

CRANE SERVICE | PRODUCTS

Learn more about our current picks for durable, long-lasting and reliable crane equipment from some of our favourite bands.

Need crane service, and something to sweeten the deal? You’ll receive 1 extra Air Miles® Bonus Miles for every $10.00 spent on the following crane equipment:

CM HURRICANE 360­° CHAIN HOISTS

Columbus McKinnon’s Hurricane 360° Chain Hoist is unlike any other chain hoist on the market. It features a one-of-a-kind hand chain cover, and is flexible and versatile enough to use for tough, awkward applications.

What else do we love about CM’s Hurricane 360° Chain Hoist? 

  • Hook-mounted hand chain hoist has Weston-style braking system that provides positive load control and reliable performance
  • Hook-mounted hand chain hoist has standard load-limiter provides simple, automatic overload protection that helps prevent injuries
  • Available as army-type, integrated trolley hoist with standard lifts up to 30′
  • Allows you to position and lift from nearly any angle

Receive bonus Air Miles® Rewards Miles when you purchase any of these CM chain hoists from our Sudbury, Ontario branch: crane service in sudbury ontario from hercules slr

  • 1/2 ton capacity, 10′ lift
  • 1/2 ton capacity, 12′ lift
  • 1/2 ton capacity, 15′ lift
  • 1/2 ton capacity, 20′ lift
  • 1 ton capacity, 10′ lift
  • 1 ton capacity, 12′ lift
  • 1 ton capacity, 15′ lift
  • 1 ton capacity, 20′ lift
  • 2 ton capacity, 20′ lift

Air Miles® Bonus Miles are also available with any purchase of the following LoadLoc chain lifts:

LOADLOC CHAIN LIFT:

  • 1/2 ton chain hoist, 10′ lift with load limiter
  • 1/2 ton chain hoist, 20′ lift with load limiter
  • 1 ton chain hoist, 10′ lift
  • 1 ton chain hoist, 10′ lift with load limiter

Need a lift? What are you waiting for—Come see us in Sudbury! 


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Hercules SLR is part of the Hercules Group of Companies. We have a unique portfolio of businesses nationally, with locations coast-to-coast. Hercules Group of Companies provides extensive coverage of products and services that support a variety of sectors across Canada which includes the energy, oil & gas, manufacturing, construction, aerospace, infrastructure, utilities, mining and marine industries. 

Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Inspection Technician Careers: Hiring in Brampton, Ontario

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INSPECTION TECHNICIAN CAREERS | WE’RE LOOKING FOR AN INSPECTOR IN BRAMPTON, ONTARIO

We’re looking for an Inspection Technician in Brampton, Ontario—Is a career as an Inspector right for you? Read on and find out. 

One of the most exciting parts of a career as an Inspector is Hercules SLR will provide all the training you need—If you’re someone who:

  • Enjoys mechanics, likes to understand how things work and fix them, too
  • Is a self-starter, engaged and motivated—Inspections can be broad, or niche. If you want to develop your skills, a career in inspections will give you the opportunity to grow.
  • Would like the to work in a variety of places and travel—Inspections can take you everywhere from hospitals, garages and even prisons! 
  • Willing to learn—Hercules SLR provides inspectors with LEEA training and certification. LEEA training is applicable globally, which means no matter where you go your new skills matter.
  • Doesn’t mind getting physical—Being an inspector often means working at heights, crouching and being comfortable working in different conditions as you’ll need to uninstall equipment and gear you inspect. 

INSPECTION TECHNICIAN CAREERS | Why is the industry booming?

Right now in Canada, the construction industry is booming. Construction employs over 1.3 million Canadians, 1 in 4 work in construction and globally, it’s the fifth largest market in the world.

This kind of popularity brings a need for safe standards and processes—This is where Inspectors step in.

Being an Inspection Technician requires skill, training, and although it might not sound like it, it can be a fairly dirty job that involves grease, and dirt, which is not for everyone (hey, we love grease but we don’t judge). It’s expensive and time-consuming for people to gain the certification and skills to inspect their own equipment—That’s where Hercules SLR comes in. 

INSPECTION TECHNICIAN CAREERS | What will I inspect?

As an Inspection Technician at Hercules SLR, you’ll inspect: 

  • Chain hoists 
  • Chain slings 
  • Wire rope slings 
  • Chain blocks, manual chain hoists 
  • Lever hoists 
  • Life-raft davits
  • Shackles
  • Self-retracting lifelines 
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Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.

Florence Kelley and the Machine: First Female Factory Inspector

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March is Women’s History Month—To celebrate, we’re sharing the store of Florence Kelley, a woman who’s responsible for many of the seemingly basic work-rights we have today. 

Florence Kelley is a social and political activist who made significant contributions to work and labour standards for factory workers and children—Read on to learn more about her incredible life. 

FLORENCE KELLEY: EARLY LIFE 

Florence Kelley was born to William D. Kelley, abolitionist, judge, founder of the Republican party and congressman. Florence was often sick as a child, and she would read to pass the time–Learning was heavily encouraged heavily by her father. 

Florence’s father, William Kelley, encouraged learning in all its forms. Kelley wanted his daughter to be aware of how children in other circumstances worked, and he would take her to tour factories where children manufactured steel & glass in dangerous conditions, for long hours and very little money. 

At Zurich University, Kelley translated the popular German book “The Condition of the Working Class in England” by Frederick Engels, a project she is well-known for. 

These experiences and her studies informed the work she would dedicate her life to.

FLORENCE KELLEY: LIFE AT HULL HOUSE 

Hull house was a social settlement in the Chicago slums that helped residents and community-members with things like childcare, kindergarten and college classes and grew to include shops and even community-clubs. Women who lived there typically worked there, too. Classes focused on traditional subjects, and also taught the community about topics like civil rights & duties. 

Hull house’s main work and achievement was to develop and enact state child labour laws, a juvenile court system and protection agencies for children. Hull House also supported Women’s Suffrage and various international peace movements. Unfortunately, Hull House was demolished in 1961 and the small, original house was made into a museum. Here, Kelley focused her attentions to 

Following Florence’s work with the Hull House inhabitants, Florence Kelley studied and submitted a report to the Illinois State Bureau of Labor. This led to Kelley being named Chief Factory Inspector in Chicago—The first woman to hold the position.

FLORENCE KELLEY: FACTORY CRUSADER  

Florenece Kelley at Hercules SLR
Florence Kelley

Kelley eventually stepped down as Chief Factory Inspector, but also worked as a special agent inspecting both the work, and living conditions in Chicago garment factories. With this experience, she then began work with the National Consumer League as their National Secretary. 

During this time, Kelley organized Consumers’ Leagues at local and state-levels and travelled, speaking out about the league’s various causes, like worker-rights issues. She founded the New York Child Labor Committee in 1902, and went on to found the National Child Labour Committee just two years later, in 1904. 

She often attended protest meetings, and would speak against sweatshop work conditions in factories. Kelley brought the media into factories. During this time, a very high number of children were diagnosed with smallpox in one large Chicago factory. Kelley presented her investigation findings’ to Illinois lawmakers, which saw that families infected with illness like diphtheria and smallpox were steadily manufacturing clothes during their illness.

Her efforts were huge in passing the Illinois Factory act of 1893. This act was actually based on a previous legislation draft she had written, and included some of the ideas she championed throughout her career. These details of the act included: 

  • An 8-hour work day for women 
  • Restricted child labour 
  • Establish an office of factory inspections

Other causes Florence Kelley published writings and crusaded for, were:

  • Compulsory schooling, available for all children
  • Children under 14 should  be prohibited from work
  • A minimum wage for workers 

Meanwhile, she also lived at a location known as the Henry Street Settlement, where she continued to promote social reformations, particularly those that involved child labour practices. She worked for the National Consumer League for 34 years, until her death. 

FLORENCE KELLEY: LEGACY

Who knows where the North American workforce would be without the work of Florence Kelley? She not only studied, but took action to ensure work conditions were better for women, children and families.

Her contributions were brave, vital and important for women, children and all industrial workers. 


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Hercules Group of Companies is comprised of: Hercules SLRHercules Machining & Millwright ServicesSpartan Industrial MarineStellar Industrial Sales and Wire Rope Atlantic.

We have the ability to provide any hoisting solution your business or project will need. Call us today for more information. 1-877-461-4876 or email info@herculesslr.com. Don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for more news and upcoming events.