Crane Customised With Grove Platforms 09/04/2008

A Grove crane has been customized with access platforms to further improve its productivity and use. The mobile crane, a Grove 5220 used in a mining site on the western coast of Cape York in Queensland has been adapted into the perfect crane for Rio Tinto Aluminium. The 220 ton all-terrain crane was customized with Grove access platforms by Manitowoc Crane Group Australia. According Anthony Lazenby of the US company Manitowoc, the unique adaptations are mostly related to the access and egress part of the machine as well as working at height issues. The Grove access platforms have been added to allow the carrier engine oil level and water level inspections which are all part of the pre-start checks which can be done on ground level. The other adaption is that on either side of the crane, additional Grove access platforms have been added with hand rails which encapsulate the deck and help with working at height issues, as well as providing easy service access to the carrier engine and rigging duties on the deck.

A third adaption has been stowed Grove access platforms that can be hydraulically deployed. This provides access to and egress to the upper crane cab, engine, and crane deck which have been incorporated. The customized safety features are part of Rio Tinto Aluminium plans to go above and beyond OHS requirements. The hydraulically controlled Grove access platforms with hand rails on each side of the crane are located in the area between the crane operators cab and the front driving cabin which provides safety of operators while standing on the deck of the crane. When the Grove access platforms are not needed or when the crane is being moved, each of the parts folds down flat into a vertical position along the sides of the crane. The Grove access platforms can be unfolded again at the touch of a button.

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