Constant design improvements in tower cranes is making work sites safer, along with strict compliance with local safety regulations.
Tower crane leader Potain innovates continuously to raise safety levels, according to David Semple, senior vice-president at Manitowoc, Potain’s owners. It does this by working with other industry players to develop world-class standards. The safety features on its cranes are guided by these standards, ensuring safer working conditions.
As important is the ability to safely deploy and operate the tower crane on site, in line with the applicable safety regulations, says Crane & Hoist Equipment SA managing director Brenden Crous. As the local Potain distributor, he says there is no room for compromise when it comes to safety.
“This means always meeting OEM specifications in whatever work we do with Potain tower cranes,” says Crous. “As a highly experienced team, we are also registered with the Department of Labour as a lifting machine entity.”
The capacity to conduct training in-house – whether for its own staff or for customer personnel –sets the business apart. The quality of training is certified by Potain. Detailed engineering studies also enhance safety by highlighting dangers including congested sites and difficult geological conditions.
Crane & Hoist Equipment SA can even call on experts at Potain for specialist studies, says Crous. Ready availability of spares also contributes to safe operation.
“We ensure smooth logistics with Potain so that parts reach customers quickly,” he says. “Our experience with regular maintenance means the right part is correctly installed with minimal downtime.”
Potain’s tower crane design optimises interchangeability of parts between models, notes Crous. This further improves availability and service by streamlining dealers’ inventory.