Construction projects are always on a tight deadline, mainly to save costs and be useful as soon as possible. Whether it is an office building, a high-rise hotel, or a coliseum being built, the construction process will always require skilled labor and machineries.
Construction firms that have better machineries and more skilful labor generally have a greater competitive advantage in terms of work efficiency.
Delays and additional costs
Delays in construction always mean additional costs in terms of logistics and wasted time. The prices of materials almost always rise, and this would mean more expensive additional materials once the project is resumed.
Many construction materials such as cement, steel frame and wood deteriorate over time. Machines become rusty and clunky if not used for an extended period.
Some construction companies also pay retainer fees to their workers during downtimes. It is more costly and difficult to hire new workers than to maintain the current workers. Sometimes delays also mean paying fines if the contractor is at fault; this is especially true for government projects.
If you are a contractor that has been involved in big construction projects, you have surely recognized by now the importance of onsite cranes, particularly self-erecting cranes (which are crucial in high-rise construction projects), in avoiding or at least minimizing delays.
Here are some of the reasons why onsite cranes are important in terms of maximizing the work efficiency in construction sites.
1.They counteract gravity.
Modern-day high-rise construction is a challenging task basically because of gravity. Vertically transporting construction materials and laborers requires a lot of energy and involves a lot of risks.
This is solved by using cranes to lift and move heavy materials like steel beams and large buckets of cement. This way, the construction process becomes faster and more reliable.
Just a hundred years ago, constructing a building more than 400 meters high was virtually impossible because of the fundamental problem of combining the right materials that will have sufficient structural integrity to counteract the force of gravity.
Materials such as bricks and iron do not have sufficient strength and flexibility to adapt to the tensile, stress, and compressive forces exerted by gravity on very tall buildings.
It was only later during the middle part of the 20th century that skyscrapers started to proliferate in highly urbanized cities. This was the period wherein better construction materials and machines were developed.
2.They create a safer working environment.
An onsite self-erecting crane makes the construction site safer because it eliminates the need for workers to carry heavy materials from one area of the construction site to another. The risk of falling debris is also minimized because a crane can be precisely controlled from a safe distance.
A safer working environment means less delays due to accidents. If there are zero injuries or deaths during construction due to accidents, it would not be necessary to stop work to take care of the casualties or be answerable to government authorities.
3.They reduce stress for workers.
Having an onsite crane in your construction project will reduce the physical stress and psychological burden experienced by your workers. They can focus more on their specialized jobs, rather than be strained from carrying heavy materials.
Large steel frames can easily be positioned and welded in place. Workers can use the cranes as transport vehicles for going up or down, and going from one area of the construction site to another. A crane can also be fitted with a personnel box that can be used like an elevator.
4.They offer a cost-effective investment.
Purchasing a self-erecting tower crane for your construction project is an investment in a material asset that you can use on a long-term basis. You can disassemble it from a recently completed construction site and then reassemble it in a new project site with relative ease.
It requires minimal maintenance and can be operated by just one skilled and licensed operator. The potential return on investment in terms of better efficiency in your projects is significant. If purchasing a crane is ideal for your project, you can contact a specialist to get a quote on tower crane cost.
Maximizing work efficiency in a construction project entails the right convergence of skilled labor, method and machineries. You can have a better competitive edge as a contractor if you have the right machine for the job.
Hermann Buchberger is the Founder and CEO of Active Crane Hire (ACH). He’s taken the company from start-up to Industry Leader offering the largest fleet of construction cranes in t Australia. ACH launched a new type of crane previously unheard of in the Australian market: electric tower cranes. The company’s infrastructure and associated services now comprise a fleet of trucks and trailers, a crane-rigging team, mobile crane technicians, a fleet of service vehicles, and an extensive range of crane spare parts.