A Guide to Construction Essentials: Gantry

If your business is into planning and organising events or engages in construction activities for companies, not only do you need to have adequate and skilled manpower, but you also need to have the right tools, equipment and a good gantry system. Combined together and executed skilfully, they can ensure success of your events and make your clients happy and satisfied. However, these equipment and gantries can be too expensive to buy and maintain. Good news is that you do not need to buy them. Instead, you can simply hire gantries for your events and construction projects. It will help you save lots of money instead of purchasing it!

What is a Gantry?

A gantry is an overhead assembly and serves multiple uses. It is primarily installed to provide protection to workers, pedestrians and the public against construction debris and falling objects from the building or construction site. However, the use of gantry in many applications other than at construction sites has also become popular. Gantries are versatile. They can easily be adapted, customized, adjusted and used in other applications. It can be used to provide an elevated platform for a variety of events of any sizes such as sporting events (e.g. marathon) and corporate events where the objective is to provide a highly visible presence and also to launch promotional campaigns. Gantries come in different sizes and designs, and they can be put up easily at different heights and widths in any locations.

Types of Gantries

There are many types of gantries you could choose from depending on your needs and purpose. Below are some of the more popular ones:

  • Gantry crane. Gantry crane is ideal for heavy-duty and industrial load needs. It is a special type of crane used for heavy-duty lifting. It is the toughest type of crane capable of lifting heavy loads. The gantry crane is commonly used at shipyards or construction sites to lift heavy stuff.
  • Tower gantry. As the name implies, this is a tower structure usually made of stainless steel at both sides which makes it very solid and sturdy. It is perfect for sporting events such as fun runs, cycling, marathons, etc. It can be erected at different heights and weights depending on the purpose of the event.
  • Lightweight gantry. This type of gantry is very light and easy to set-up. It is also affordable and works well for events that have a limited budget. It can also be set-up at different heights and widths, up to a maximum clearance and width of three meters (3m) and six point four (6.4) meters, respectively.

Safety Essentials for Active Construction Sites

In an ever-changing construction site, there are many variables to consider as far as safety management issues go. There are many risks inherent to the industry of construction, and these are difficult to manage, since the work itself is so fluid. The construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous in which to work. In the last several decades, several regulations have become standard for these sites, making them safer than ever. The generalized risk is not only to the workers, but to passersby as well as people within the general area of the site (in the case of environmental pollution).

Machinery

Heavy equipment is the lifeblood of most active construction sites. However, these machines can and do malfunction, which can cause injuries or fatalities. The first line of defense against injuries caused by equipment is clearly maintenance and training. Both of these in conjunction can go a long way to prevent heavy equipment failure.

Signage

Believe it or not, one of this biggest reminders of safety comes in the form of a warning sign. While there are those who will ignore signs posted around construction sites (these are the same people who need the “Coffee is hot” printed on cups), for the vast number of individuals, signage is followed.

Proper safety clothing and accessories

Wearing the proper clothing, as well as head, foot, eye, lung and ear protection has increased and is mandatory on most construction sites to meet regulations set forth by OSHA. In fact, regulations require that employers pay for all PPE (personal protection equipment) when needed on any construction job.

Barriers

The proper fencing keeps the public out of dangerous sites. Many construction accidents involving the public occur when untrained people are on a site and cause an event or chain of events that cascades into a disaster. Fences are also used in the case of a drainage ditch or silt collection pit to prevent accidental drowning in deeper water.

The general public is usually unaware of the guidelines needed to ensure construction site safety. However, reports of suspected and blatant violations can go a long way toward continuing to improve safety on construction sites and to protect the workers, neighbors and the environmental landscape around the active construction site. These reports can be made to the management of the company first. IF these reports do not improve the situation, a complaint can be filed with either the City or County or with OSHA.