Prioritising safety: How are tower cranes transported? 

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“How are tower cranes transported?” is a key question in the construction industry. Let’s face it, in the hazardous world of construction, safety has to be paramount at every stage of a project. From the planning phase to the execution of intricate manoeuvres, ensuring the well-being of workers and the public is non-negotiable.  One critical […]

What is a crane capacity guide?

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Next time you are looking to move a heavy load, how will you choose which crane to use? Surely one of the first things you consider is how much each crane can lift. It’s not just a matter of efficiency; it’s a crucial safety concern. To determine the lift capacity, you need to check out […]

Luffer crane vs saddle jib tower crane: what’s the difference?

Beautiful skyline view of Tower Bridge in London with a crane in a sunset background.

Among the diverse types of cranes available, the luffer crane and the tower crane stand out as two stalwarts in the industry. Yet stacking them against each other- luffer crane vs tower crane – what are their unique characteristics? Let’s delve into the details and explore the key differences between these construction giants. Understanding luffer […]

Emergency crane hire: how can we help?

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Like a crane, there are ups and downs for us all in life, but when would there be a need for emergency crane hire? It’s Christmas, which means it’s the peak season for boilers, ovens and electrics in general to break down. Nothing screams emergency like the oven conking out right in the middle of […]

What are tower cranes used for?

Multiple sky-rise buildings, some still under construction, interspersed with blue and yellow cranes against a blue cloudless sky.

In the boom of the modern construction industry, it’s hard to get a cityscape view that doesn’t include these colossal structures, but have you ever wondered ‘What are tower cranes used for?’  At Fortis Heavy Lift Group, we know tower cranes play a pivotal role in modern construction, standing tall against the skyline as both […]

Tower crane questions and answers

A view of a high tower crane up high, the operators cabin perched between two tall buildings under construction.

Looking across the skylines of our cities from a distance, we see a horizon of rooftops and steeples, and above that, many impressive, towering skyscrapers.  Yet look more closely as between these skyscrapers you’ll see dotted all over myriad outlines of the frames of some mysterious machines that play a crucial role in the development […]

3 things to look out for when looking for a local crane hire company

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Ever been taken for a ride by a company you hired?  I actually had a roofer throw tiles off of my roof to convince me that because a small section of damage had been caused by a storm I could get a whole new roof and my insurance would cover it. Needless to say, he […]

Luffing jib tower crane advantages and disadvantages

Two yellow luffing jib tower cranes reaching up high against a bright blue, sunny sky.

In the bustling world of construction, tower cranes have become an essential tool for lifting heavy loads and manoeuvring materials on-site. Among the various types of tower cranes, the luffing jib tower crane has garnered attention for its unique characteristics. It is definitely worth a few moments to stop and consider ‘What are the luffing […]

Crane hire or contract lift: which will be best for you?

Three cranes are towering high in the blue sky with the construction site far below.

When it comes to lifting heavy loads, whether for construction projects or industrial purposes, the expertise and equipment of a professional crane service are indispensable. The two most popular options are either crane hire or contract lift – hiring a crane to plan and manage yourself or a contract lift which involves outsourcing the entire […]