Preparing for OSHA Inspections

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At H Brown, Inc., we make the safety of our crane service employees and partners a top priority. This includes adhering to the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency under the United States Department of Labor. Since OSHA inspections are never scheduled, advanced planning is key. Below, we’ve provided some… Read more »

Used Cranes and Equipment

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With over 77 years of extensive experience in heavy lifting equipment, ranging from cranes to crawlers, you can rest assured that all of our used equipment is in tip-top shape. Read on to find out a little more about our used cranes and equipment, especially how we select and maintain this equipment to ensure that… Read more »

Our Jack and Slide System

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If you’ve ever driven down an American freeway or looked over at a busy waterway, you’ve probably noticed flatbed trucks or wide container ships mounting even larger, oversized cargo, usually roped or chained down to the deck. The cargo on these ships ranges from massive, self-contained electric transformers to concrete pilings and structures. You may,… Read more »

Cranes: To Rent or to Buy?

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Cranes are among the largest investments any construction company can make. And, when most people think about construction sites, they see at least a few cranes. Perhaps readers will be surprised to learn that most cranes are not bought or owned by the construction company using them, but rented. The choice between buying and renting… Read more »

Securing Temporary Traffic Control

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Improvements in infrastructure are crucial for ensuring safety for drivers and pedestrians. Nevertheless, heavy haul transportation projects are anything but simple, requiring temporary traffic control zones to redirect anyone using the road (who we’ll refer to as “road users”). All TTC zones are comprised of four areas: advance warning, transition, activity and termination. Securing temporary… Read more »

When a Crane is Not Practical

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Cranes, particularly overhead cranes, are one of the most common sights on any construction or demolition site. Materials can be lifted to great heights, and their rotating axes allow for great range within a construction site. Nevertheless, cranes are not a universal choice for construction projects. Below are some scenarios where perhaps a crane is… Read more »

Requirements for Nuclear Transportation

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Nuclear accidents are not far behind. Images of funnel-shaped nuclear reactors immediately call to mind places like Chernobyl, Three Mile Island, or Fukushima–all of which have become bywords for nuclear power’s lethality and unpredictability. And yet, when it comes to nuclear transportation in the United States, such fears are largely unfounded–thanks to stringent regulation and… Read more »

What are Lift-N-Lock Hydraulic Gantries?

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Naturally, some of the best construction and demolition equipment was created to meet evolving needs–used for a variety of industrial rigging projects around the world, hydraulic gantries are a prime example.  In this post, we’ll discuss the specific advantages Lift-N-Lock Hydraulic Gantries over other, similar equipment. Hydraulic gantries were originally developed in the 1960s. At… Read more »

Crane Spotter Training: The Basics

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Ever What do crane spotters do?   Crane spotters (also called ‘observers’ or ‘signal people’) have been around since the popularization of industrial cranes, and little has changed in the many decades since. Spotters are essential to the safe operation of any project involving cranes, and their expertise is developed over years of on-site knowledge… Read more »

Transporting Oversize Loads Over Long Distances

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In transportation terms, an oversize load is any load that exceeds standard or legal size and weight limits set by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Different portions of roads and highways have different standards. Examples of overweight loads include construction machines (like cranes), prefabricated homes, mobile homes, houseboats, bridge beams, and industrial equipment. According to… Read more »