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Preparing For The Arrival Of Mobile Cranes: 3 Tips For Ensuring Proper Set-Up

by April Carlson

Mobile cranes are very popular, as they can be moved from one location to another for various on-site construction projects. Although versatile in nature, you have to put more effort into ensuring that mobile cranes are properly set up – especially since 90% of all mobile crane-related accidents are caused by the fact that they are improperly set up. While it's important to choose the right type of crane and to periodically inspect the crane once it has been set up, one of the most important things that is often overlooked is the amount of effort that is put into the preparation for the arrival of the mobile cranes. Here are 3 things you'll need to do before the cranes arrive.

Open Up Access Roads to the Work Site

When the crane rental services deliver your mobile crane, you want to make sure that you are prepared to receive it. Opening up certain access roads to the work site should be your first course of action. Clearly outline the path and suitable entry points that the mobile crane will take in order to arrive at its destined work site.

Make sure that you have suitable personnel and crew at each entry point when the mobile crane arrives. These professionals are responsible for making sure that the access roads are clear and not in use at the same time as when the mobile crane is being moved. This way you can avoid unnecessary disruptions that affect overall operations. This is also important, as mobile cranes tend to be relatively large and will take up the entire access road.

Clearly Define the Area that Is to Be Used for the Crane Pad

Before calling in the rental company to deliver the mobile crane, determine where the crane will need to be placed and installed first. Clearly define this area by clearing it. Remove any obstructions that may be in the way and set the area aside by fencing it in for the time being. This way, you can prevent unnecessary activity in the crane pad area. You won't have to worry that your workers may leave equipment there unattended on the day that the mobile crane arrives. Your team will also be more prepared, as they will set up other needed equipment outside of the destined crane pad area.

Defining the crane pad area is also important, as you'll want to leave the area undisturbed once you have prepared it. There should be no surprises on the day that the mobile crane arrives.

Ensure that the Ground Is Level and Compact

To ensure that the mobile crane is stable and will not fall over, ensure that the ground is level and compact. You need to have a strong and durable foundation to make sure that the crane can be properly set-up. When checking to make sure that the ground is level, you should use automatic levels, as they are easy to use and quick to set up. They are also known to be the most accurate out of all of the different types of levels out there on the market, regardless of whether the ground vibrates, the operator has unsteady hands or the temperature changes during the measurements.

You'll also want to make sure that the soil is compact before you begin. Hire professionals to conduct appropriate soil compaction tests to confirm that the designated set-up area is stable.


Being prepared will allow your team to easily set up the mobile crane when it arrives. This will reduce downtime within operations and will help secure the mobile crane to prevent accidents in the future. It's best to go over the route that the mobile crane will take and also inspect the designated set-up area the day before the crane is set to arrive, rather than the morning of. You don't want to be rushed for time if there are any changes that need to be made. For more information and advice, talk to a company like Winslow Crane Service Co.