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TECH
REVIEW
CHRIS & KATHI

MORRISON

own and operate The
Image Specialists, a fullservice graphics company
based in Clements, CA.
Chris is also a Microsoftcertified systems
engineer.

CRANE TRUCKS

Sometimes you need a lift to do the bigger jobs.
N many ways, signshops
tend to be specialists.
Maybe you wrap and
letter vehicles, or perhaps
create point-of-purchase and realestate signs. In many cases, lots of
sign companies leave larger jobs on
the table because the shops are not
equipped to properly install the sign.
Digging a hole and dropping in a post
is one thing, but hanging one from the
side of a building 50 ft. up is another.
If this is the case with your shop,
then you may want to consider a
crane truck.
Cranes allow the installer to stand
relatively firmly on an elevated platform while still being able to work
freely with both hands. Depending
upon the manufacturer, a myriad of
options also makes life easier for the
installers. For example, there are

options for boom height that can
dictate what type of structures your
shop can handle. If you work mainly
with strip malls, why invest in a super
long boom? Installers need power
tools and sometimes welding equipment at height. Some companies
offer 110 V service in the basket and
even welding terminals. Another
option to consider is a truck that
features a winch. This can save trips
to the ground for supplies and can
greatly aid in lifting assemblies into
position.
SAFETY FIRST
So all of this is great, but there is
another elephant in the room when
it comes to owning and operating
a crane: safety. Hoisting people and
materials several stories into the sky
can present dangers to both the folks

in the basket as well as passersby
on the ground. What happens if
that last screw is just slightly out of
reach? No problem, I'll just step up
on the side of the ... splat! Seriously,
accidents can and do happen, and
if you deploy a crane truck, then it is
up to you to ensure everyone's safety.
The first way to address safety is
to educate the operators. Beyond
just throwing the manual at them
and saying figure it out, specific classes
potentially leading to certification
on the operation of the crane truck
must be provided. According to the
National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators' (NCCCO)
website, "Operators of most cranes
above 2,000 lb. capacity when used
in construction will need to be either
certified by an accredited crane
operator testing organization, such

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