Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Compliance: H Brown Is Ready

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Are you ready for the new ELD rules? Carriers here in Louisiana are just a few weeks away from the electronic logging device (ELD) compliance date when trucking companies (including specialized carriers, heavy-haul services and crane companies) must comply with new rules on how drivers record the time they spend behind the wheel. The new federal rule, which goes into effect Dec. 18, requires the installation of ELDs in each… Read more »

Bull Rigging for Horizontal Moves in Confined Spaces

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What in the world is “bull rigging?” Though it might conjure images of cowboys hanging on for dear life as a bucking bull furiously tries to throw them to the ground, bull rigging is actually a technique H Brown’s experienced riggers use to move equipment within a refinery or other industrial facility. Bull rigging is sometimes referred to as “drifting,” “Tarzaning” or “hand rigging.” Even if you’ve… Read more »

Cranes and the Nuclear Energy Industry Infrastructure

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and their aftermath gave us a demonstration of the reliability of the nuclear energy infrastructure on the Gulf Coast. While the winds and rain battered Texas and Florida, reactors in the affected areas continued to run without incident. Reactor units near Baton Rouge and New Orleans also operated at full power during and after the storms. There… Read more »

Are You Looking for the Right Heavy Haul Company?

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Once you’ve hitched up a piece of heavy cargo to a trailer, a lot can go wrong. Your equipment has to be properly secured, the operator has to have all the necessary paperwork and you have to think about the other vehicles sharing the highway with your load. Before shipping heavy equipment, you need to get all your ducks in a… Read more »

Manual Chain Hoists: 5 Ways to Screw up the Lift

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Our hydraulic jacking systems let us move heavy equipment that weighs up to 1 million pounds, sometimes in hard-to-reach sectors of petrochemical and electric utilities facilities. We’re talking heavy, expensive equipment with not a lot of elbow room to maneuver. Sometimes, however, we don’t have to bring out the big guns to get the job done. Manual chain hoists… Read more »

Rigging Lift Plans

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Every successful lift starts with a plan. We’re surprised at how many in the rigging industry don’t really know how to plan a project accurately.  The H. Brown team performs heavy lifts inside facilities where sensitive, heavy equipment has to be lifted in constrained areas with little or no headroom and obstructions everywhere. These complex projects require careful planning and execution. Here’s… Read more »

Safe Heavy Hauls Start with Louisiana Oversize Permits

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Sometimes, utilities and petrochemical equipment need to be moved over highways and, unfortunately, traffic delays are often part of getting this equipment where it needs to be.  Sometimes these loads require haulers to move utility lines, temporarily disrupting service to residents along the way. These disruptions on the nation’s highways are something we at H. Brown take seriously. We minimize… Read more »

Hiring a Jack-and-Slide Rigger

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Family owned and operated since 1938, H. Brown is the most trusted provider of crane rental and cranes for hire in the gulf coast region. Our fleet, which includes cranes that can lift up to 450 tons, serves the power, petrochemical, utility and refinery industries in Louisiana and beyond. Sometimes, however, cranes can’t be counted on to safely… Read more »

Pilot Vehicles: Keeping Over-dimensional Hauls Safe

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Here in Louisiana, the industries that move oversize/overweight loads include power plants, petrochemical facilities and utilities. A heavy-haul carrier that can handle and transport oversize/overweight loads of this magnitude is critical to continued growth in these sectors. While some of our competitors move mobile cranes, dozers and excavators, we here at H. Brown have the… Read more »

Rigging for Utilities

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In 2017, the energy and utility sectors are in full swing, with high voltage power systems and petrochemical facilities expanding throughout the Gulf Coast. This growth means heavy equipment needs to be lifted and moved as more and more operational components are being assembled on-site to beef up operations. These jobs call for special lifting… Read more »