All posts by Dean Sims

Massive Stage Build for WrestleMania 33

Operators and riggers from Sims Crane joined the stage crew of WrestleMania 33 for their biggest stage build ever!  Two 160 ton Tadano cranes and one 70 ton Tadano assisted with the hoisting which included an 80′ tall canopy over the main stage, a custom roller coaster and massive entry-way decorations and signage.  The total build took over two weeks, and with a critical LIVE TV schedule to meet, the whole project was flawless and smooth.

Special thanks to the entire team at WWE and WrestleMania for the special access to film this amazing build and the opportunity to be a part of another successful project!

All New – Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 – Sims Crane 2017

The Sims Crane team has spent weeks training on the mobilization and operation of the new Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 at our headquarters in Tampa, FL.  The LTM 1500 is a 550 ton rate capacity all terrain mobile crane. It features 276′ of main telescoping boom and 190′ conventional jib.  This heavy lifting crane is available state-wide in Florida beginning March 1, 2017.  Enjoy the video and visit us on your favorite social media platforms for more job photos and heavy lifting!

Apply Online – Crane Operator and Truck Driver Jobs

Sims Crane announces the new online crane operator and truck driver application system.  Have you ever considered joining the Sims Crane rental and rigging experts Florida contractors trust most?  Now you can view crane operator job opportunities across the State of Florida and apply in minutes from the comfort of your home…

The new system allows us to easily follow up with applicants and match them to the crane and rigging jobs available where they most desire to work.  Once you create your login, you can check back to see your application status throughout the hiring process and be ready to work from day 1 on the job!

With 12 locations all over Florida, we’ll match you up with an open crane operator job or truck driver position close to home.  Considering relocation?  We’ll help you find your own piece of Florida paradise and a crane operator or truck driving career of your dreams.

Our Sims Crane operators enjoy health and pension benefits, special access to training to further your crane operator career and because we are local, our employees enjoy more time close to family.

Sims Crane also offers a four (4) year apprenticeship program for industry new-comers to learn and build their skills before jumping into the seat of your very own mobile crane.

Want to learn more about the crane operator jobs and truck driving opportunities at Sims Crane?  Check out our careers page.  

It’s quick, and it’s easy… www.simscrane.com/careers/

 

What are your Favorite Christmas Traditions?

Greetings and Merry Christmas everyone!  It’s been a great year here at Sims Crane, and as we reflect on the upcoming holidays we are thankful for some many things this year.  In celebration, we asked some of our Sims Crane team members how they like to celebrate the Christmas holidays.  You are welcome to share your favorite holiday traditions in the comments below and click “Subscribe” at www.youtube.com/simscrane for more videos coming soon!

Sims Crane Minute – Boom Deflection and Shock Loading

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Published on Oct 5, 2015

In our Sims Crane Minute videos, Bob Berry frequently reminds us to be mindful of work area hazards and the importance of communication during crane rental operations.  Many crane accidents may be avoided simply by paying proper attention to the job site surroundings.  In this video, we want to demonstrate some improper, and very common, ways cranes are frequently mis-used which often results in serious injuries and property damage.

Understanding the boom deflection of a crane and how the crane structure distributes weight is important to lift planning for any competent lift director.  When a load is lifted, the potential energy applied to the boom increases.  A sudden release of that potential energy may have catastrophic consequences, causing significant damage to the boom of the crane.  The boom of a crane is designed to bend, or deflect, when loads are applied; however, a crane boom is only designed to lift a load vertically.  Applying a horizontal, or “side-load,” to the crane structure will also cause a catastrophic failure.

Here is a link to watch some incredible crane accidents that have resulted from “side-loading” and overloading over cranes…  http://cr-an.es/T4nVd 

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Have a question for Bob Berry and our Sims Crane safety team? Post them in the feed and we’ll feature your question in our Sims Crane Q&A videos!

 

Sims Crane Minute – Basic Crane Hand Signals

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Published on Aug 28, 2015

If you ever watch our Sims Crane Minute videos, Bob always reminds us of the importance of good communication for a safe, smooth crane and rigging operation.

The basic hand signals used by crane operators have been developed by professionals in the crane and rigging industry as universally recognized communication techniques and are adopted by the ANSI standards and OSHA 29 CFR 1926.1400 crane regulations.

This is a long overdue, and highly requested, Sims Crane Minute video covering the basic hand signals we use every day when flagging a crane on the job site.

Prior to making any lift, the Lift Director must verify that the signal-person responsible for flagging the crane is properly trained and qualified to do so. This requires a fundamental understanding of the hand signals shown in this video, as well as understanding how the crane moves and functions.

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Here is a link to some hand signal charts for crane and rigging operators and signalmen. http://cr-an.es/RsmnR

Have a question for Bob Berry and our Sims Crane safety team? Post them in the feed and we’ll feature your question in our Sims Crane Q&A videos!

Sims Crane Minute: Power Lines and Electrical Safety

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We’re kicking off 2015 with some brand new Sims Crane Minute safety education videos.  

Published on Jan 12, 2015

The Specialized Carriers and Rigging Association released a report on the top ten root causes for crane and rigging insurance losses. In the Sims Crane Minute, crane experts and safety professionals provide basic education to raise awareness for these issues. Our goal at Sims Crane & Equipment Co. is to encourage safe work practices so everyone goes home safely and to protect your valuable assets.

You may also like this Sims Crane Minute episode regarding basic equipment operations in proximity of energized utilities.
http://youtu.be/Oj6VlnDFJpI

Click Safety offers special education courses specifically covering the OSHA Fatal Four. http://www.clicksafety.com/courses/de…)

Visit the CDC site here for information on how to avoid electrocution on your job site, and what to do when someone on the site has been electrocuted.
http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/95-108/

 

Update:  Some power line warning decals on older cranes may no longer be in compliance with the 2010 OSHA Cranes & Derricks regulation. 

http://www.simscrane.com/blog/2013/02/update-powerline-decals-cranes

 

South Florida Construction Job Openings

A local contractor in South Florida has two job openings available for immediate placement with relocation compensation if necessary.  Please share these open opportunities with folks you might know looking for their next new challenge and carreer moves.  Interested parties should contact Torey Jovick at MSi Consulting, tjovick@msiconsulting.net or click the source link at the bottom to contact Torey via LinkedIn.

Scheduler Job Description

POSITION SUMMARY

The Scheduler main responsibility will be to generate and update project schedules using CPM scheduling techniques in Primavera (P6) software from Bidding/Proposal through Commission and Turnover to Owner. The position will liaise with project team to update the project status and to generate reports that speak to issues regarding project schedule.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

·         Work with Primavera software (P6) to assist with design, procurement, construction and commissioning scheduling

·         Develop project based Work Breakdown Structure, liaising with all affected departments

·         Produce and distribute weekly and monthly reports

·         Interface with multiple subcontractors to integrate schedules into Master Schedule

·         Assign logic, resources, costs, durations, activity codes and WBS to all activities in Primavera (P6)

·         Keeps up-to-date on project status and pertinent field activities

·         Review, update and document project scope changes, trends and their impacts to the project schedule baseline

·         Balance and organize multiple projects progressing at the same time

·         Report resource allocation histograms, look-ahead’s, as well as other reports to assist the Project Executive Management team

·         Generate look-ahead schedules for field production using MS Project or MS Excel

·         Generate and maintain submittal schedule for material procurement

·         Communicate with project team to ensure project progresses is on schedule 

·         Prepare As-Built schedules

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

·         Candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or Construction Management

·         Candidate must have at least 5 years working experience of Primavera software (P6)

·         Candidate must have at least 5 years of experience as Scheduler, working in Commercial Construction

·         Candidate must be very proficient in Microsoft Office, especially MS Project and MS Excel

·         Demonstrated experience supporting, planning and organizing multiple projects, including monitoring and reporting project status, and coordinating activities to ensure timely project delivery using P6

·         Experience in generating schedules for claim purposes

·         Desirable LEED AP certification and experience in green building construction

 

 

Field Superintendent Job Description:

POSITION SUMMARY

 

The Field Superintendent Interiors main responsibility will be to complete all interiors from start to punch list (hotel or condo).

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

  • Coordinate construction activities among interior trades throughout process.
  • Maintaining & enforcing Safety requirements and housekeeping rules.
  • Thorough understanding of construction documents (drawings, Spec, subcontractor scope of work).
  • Coordinate inspections of interior trades with Local Municipality & Private provider agency.
  • Interact with Ownership & Design Team on finish details & conflict resolution.
  • Create a minimum of a 2 week “look ahead” schedule and push the completion of activities accordingly.
  • Maintain Daily Manpower Reports.
  • Understand quality expectations on work performed & enforce standards among subs.

 

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Candidate must have at least ten years of experience performing the duties described above
  • Experience working, in this role, in the construction of 5 Star Hotels and Condominiums a must
  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture or related field a plus
  • Understanding of  local code requirements a plus
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft office a must
  • Able to read and understand design drawings and schematics

 

 

 

ASME P30.1 – Planning for Load Handling Activities

Standards for Engineers and Safety Professionals Worldwide ASME has been defining crane safety since 1916 with its series of B30 Standards. As load handling activities grow in complexity, there has been an increased need to establish a set of recognized planning guidelines.

Now, for the first time in print, ASME’s P30.1 Standard provides guidance on general planning considerations and practices for load handling operations occurring in all industries, so that users could apply this Standard as a template and adapt it to the needs of their specific industry or situation. ASME P30.1-2014 Planning for Load Handling Activities P30.1 establishes planning considerations and practices that apply to Load Handling Equipment (LHE), other associated equipment, and activities when moving loads vertically or horizontally.

The planning guidance contained in this Standard is divided into two categories dependent upon the nature of the load handling activity and the degree of exposure to the issues that impact safety. These two categories are designated as Standard Lift Plan and Critical Lift Plan. The Standard does not preclude the user of this standard from creating subcategories based on their specific load handling activity considerations.

Careful application of P30.1 and B30 Standards will help users to comply with applicable regulation within their jurisdictions, while achieving the operational and safety benefits to be gained from the many industry best-practices detailed in these standards. Intended for those who have direct or indirect responsibilities in the areas of; crane operating, crane task supervision, job planning, construction site supervision, rigging, equipment installation using LHE’s, safety supervision, heavy manufacturing and component handling and rigging engineering.

Sims Comments:  We recommend contractors using cranes frequently consider designating a competent person responsible for knowing and establishing compliance protocol for ASME P30.1.  The ASME P30.1 standard addresses many issues not contained in 2010 OSHA 1926.1400.

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Crane Risk and Loss Root Causes: #5 Bad Weather Conditions

Working in Florida, high wind conditions rarely show up alone. They are accompanied by rain and often lightning. There are many things to take into account while making decisions regarding a lift in these conditions. In October, when Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, a crane collapsed under high winds and was hanging dangerously 1000 feet over the streets below. The collapse occurred even before the full brunt of the storm hit.

When working in windy conditions, consider the sail effect on the load to determine if taglines are adequate to maintain control of the load, and be conscious of conditions such as the wind tunnel effect of nearby structures which may amplify wind gusts, creating a hazardous situation.  Operating close to capacity in high wind conditions may induce stresses on the crane structure that surpass the structural integrity of the equipment, causing an overloading situation.  Refer to footnotes in the crane load chart for acceptable wind tolerances, especially when making a critical lift.  Reliance exclusively upon taglines for excessively heavy loads may also present a danger controlling the load. 

 

 

The Crane Operator should communicate adverse weather conditions to the Lift Director and Site Supervisor and consult load charts for manufacturer parameters.  The Lift Director and Site Supervisor should monitor weather conditions for heavy rain, wind or lightning in the area, and shut down lifting operations until conditions improve.  Monitoring weather conditions, proper planning and good communication between crew members always makes for a safe lift!

Crane Risk and Loss Root Causes: #4 Falling Objects

Objects falling from the load, or dropped during crane assembly and disassembly operations create a potentially lethal jobsite hazard.  In many cases, the load simply has not been rigged, secured and balanced properly, causing material contained within the load to shift and fall.  During assembly or disassembly operations, personnel involved in the operation should take precaution to ensure that all tools, hardware and equipment are properly secured to prevent dropping them.  Proper traffic control seriously reduces the chance of objects landing on anyone by restricting access to the hazardous zone and establishing a working area for the crane operator.  Signalpersons should take care to direct the crane operator only within the specified work area, and riggers should take extra precaution to secure loads of bundled or aggregate materials.

 

 

Even small pieces of steel or hardware dropped from several stories gain velocity as they fall and will land with lethal force if a person is struck, causing paralysis, amputation, blindness and fatal injury.  Under ANSI B30.5 subpart c, and the OSHA 2010 guidelines, the operator is not responsible for conditions not under his direct control.  The site designated Lift Director should address all concerns for properly rigging and securing the load, and communicate appropriate procedures to the qualified signalperson and riggers involved in the lifting operation.  Set up signs or barricades as necessary to prevent pedestrians from accessing a dangerous area, and build overhead protection as each entrance or exit from the structure to prevent injury from falling tools and materials.

Thorough site preparation, proper planning and good communication between crew members always makes for a safe lift!

Crane Risk and Loss Root Causes: #3 Overloading

Recently, a 300-foot crane collapsed, toppling onto a building under construction in Long Island City, Queens, trapping three workers under debris and injuring seven. The crane smashed onto plywood and concrete, and wreckage could be seen stretching for hundreds of feet. Buildings Department Commissioner Robert Limandri said it appears the crane operator attempted to lift a load of 23,900 pounds on the crane, more than double the weight capacity for the crane.

Limandri said the operator was unable to see the load being lifted and he was apparently trying to lift the materials outside the approved loading zone. The operator’s license has been suspended, according to Limandri. A stop work order for crane operations at the construction site remains in effect while the investigation continues.

How could this have been avoided? There are several factors that can contribute to a load overbearing accident.

Too often, the end user provides an inaccurate load weight or only guesses at the weight.  Sometimes errors in paperwork during the planning process, or oversight of fluid materials contained within an object such as a tank renders manufacturer information inaccurate.  Manufacturer information plates on equipment often only list the “dry weight,” or weight of equipment while empty.

Crane operators and erectors must check that the crane has the correct counterweights and boom configuration for the lift, and that the Load Moment Indicator (LMI) is properly programmed.  The load moment indicator device is a secondary device meant to warn the operator of exceeding capacity and is NOT a device that should be used to verify or confirm the weight of a load.  Load weight must be determined prior to make the lift.

Partial or zero counterweight lifts may also be very dangerous when the load charts for such configurations are not properly understood, or when making a lift on poor ground conditions.

What are our OSHA B30 Duties?

The crane operator must use load charts to confirm the correct crane configuration for the load, site and lift conditions and verify net capacity with the lift director for the load and rigging weights provided.  The lift director will confirm load weights, ensure that the load is properly rigged and balanced, and prepare the site for lifting operations.

Crane Risk and Loss Root Causes: #2 Ground Conditions

Ground collapse often has a catastrophic outcome.  A crane tips when the outrigger sinks, the load is dropped and the crane causes damage when it tips.  When a crane’s outrigger punctures underground utilities, it damages underground water and sewage lines and can cause a gas line explosion.  The site designated Lift Director should identify and mark known underground hazards and voids, address poor soil and backfill conditions and prepare the site adequately for crane operations.

Checking and knowing the soil type is paramount to avoiding ground collapse exposure.  In Florida, we have type C soil with an unconfined compressive strength of 0.5 tsf (48kPa) or less, which may flow and slump when compressed.  Type C soil displays granular characteristics, and includes gravel, sand, loamy sand, submerged soil or soil from which water is freely seeping.  In a slope layered system, type C soil generally has a slope of 4:1 meaning 4 units distance horizontal to 1 unit distance vertical.  This means when working near an excavation on type C soil, the crane must setup up 4 feet from the excavation for every foot of depth to avoid collapse!  NOT “half the depth from the hole” which we commonly hear in the field.

Unconfined compressive strength measures the load per unit area at which soil will fail in compression and may be measured using laboratory testing, a field pocket penetrometer or thumb penetration test.  Wet soil in technical terms refers to soil that contains a significant amount of moisture, and will slump of begin to flow when vibrated.  Granular material that would normally exhibit cohesive properties when moist will lose those properties when wet.

Remember, the right equipment, proper site preparation and good communication between team members always makes for a safe lift.

AJ Ayvaz wins the 2013 Sims Crane Safety Rodeo!

Saturday March 27, 2013, Sims Crane hosted the annual safety rodeo and employee appreciation event at the Tampa, FL, headquarters with a turnout of over 300 guests in attendance to witness the competition and indulge in some great home cooking.  Dean Sims, CEO of Sims Crane challenged rival chef Steve Ayvaz to a bbq cookoff that included a 400 quart seafood boil.  What an amazing day of family fun it turned out to be, with go-kart races and plenty entertainment for everyone!

AJ Ayvaz took home the Dennis Kastens Memorial Trophy this year, beating out Don Cockrell and Matt Williams, both of whom have seen the limelight of the crane rodeo finals in previous years.  Don posted a tough time that stood most of the day as the time to beat, until AJ posted his time of 3:11 as the second to last competitor to sit in the seat.  The grand prize for this year’s winner is a trip for two to Nassau, Bahamas!

The Sims family would like to thank everyone, all the friends, family and guests that came to the event.