Brian Webster, Project News, Safety

First tower crane installed at Methodist Richardson Medical Center

June 25, 2018

The first tower crane was installed at Methodist Richardson Medical Center for the Vertical Expansion project over the weekend. P&J Arcomet said it was a textbook installation and just couldn’t have gone any smoother, they kept thanking us for making it so easy for them. This is a great endorsement that shows the dedication and coordination from the entire project team.

Several months’ worth of planning and temporary construction went in to getting everything ready for this day. For this installation, a large area of the hospital parking lot had to be blocked off and emptied to allow for all the room required. At the same time, the hospital’s driveway to their front entrance, and the side entrance to their emergency room, had to stay open. From a public safety standpoint, this required an overhead protection system along the open sidewalk, and constantly directing people around the work area. It also required constant opening and closing of the driveway barriers to allow for the delivery trucks access and egress, while keeping the public traffic out.

From a construction safety standpoint, all crane lifts are of particular concern due to the many hazards from falls, struck-by, and caught-in-between types of accidents. Croker Crane had two mobile cranes onsite for this assembly and installation. They did an awesome job of ensuring their workers stayed safe and were protected from all of these potential hazards. Cummings Electrical was also onsite to safely power up the crane and install operational lights along the jib. We’re looking forward for the next tower crane installation in August.

Truly an amazing experience to see all of the planning come together so well!