CraneFacts.com, the first data base for the tracking of major crane components in the USA, is being prepared for initial release to the public within the next few weeks. Frank Bardonaro, President & COO of Philadelphia PA based AmQuip Crane Rental and Tower Crane Safety Chairman for the SC&RA, has developed the site to address the increasing need for a full service data base of crane related information.
The site, which is available to anyone in the world, will provide crane rental companies, contractors, government organizations, OEM’s and other organizations with a complete history of any crane that is listed on the site. Each registered crane rental company will be able to log in and register whichever cranes they would like to make available to their clients and others. The serial number based system will enable the company to immediately post the entire maintenance history of the crane as well as all inspections pertaining to the particular machine.
The site will establish certain criteria to be used in order to determine a “reportable and major” repair that will allow tracking of critical components. Several cities and some states are joining the New York City request for developing this world wide tracking of major crane components for tower cranes. The new CraneFacts.com site has taken this a step further and will provide data that allows for tracking of all types of cranes, not just tower cranes.
“Safety has always been the most important issue in the crane rental industry,” said Bardonaro. “As most people know, the crane and rigging companies all over the world continuously strive for safety improvements with a ZERO incident and ZERO injury goal.
“While several politicians have tried to implement new regulations on a local level, the industry is working feverishly on a daily basis to help develop standardized safety processes that are consistent throughout the country. If the CraneFacts.com site is successful in helping to develop these tracking and standardized reporting processes, then I feel we will have accomplished something that helps everyone associated with the industry and provides the public with a greater sense of security when cranes are working in and around their towns,” stated Bardonaro.
The new CraneFacts.com site, while not totally embraced by the entire crane rental community, will be a tool that can be utilized by those rental companies who are willing to be totally “transparent”. The site, which will ultimately enable all crane users to instantly comply with any state or city reporting requirement, is also an invaluable tool for the General Contractor, customers, and other end users. It will allow the user to instantly get a history of the crane being delivered to their jobsite to ensure that the crane has been properly maintained throughout its useful life. It will provide invaluable information for used crane sales and ultimately establish reporting procedures that can help shape the future of the crane rental industry.
The most important aspect of this site is that it is a truly user friendly site that welcomes input from the crane and rigging professionals. The goal is to assist in developing better procedures to ensure uniform safety processes and data throughout the world. If embraced and utilized to its fullest potential, it will also solve the majority of requests for most local governments on a voluntary basis rather than requiring every city to develop its own unique set of standards.
For more information please log onto www.cranefacts.com to see regular updates regarding the upcoming release and sign up for the private beta session. All comments and suggestions are welcome and will be reviewed to help further develop the most comprehensive and user friendly crane related tracking site in the world.