A Guide to Crane Crew Contractors: Find Operators for Your Tower, Luffing, or Hammerhead Crane as Needed

Most people who don’t work with cranes directly think of them as fairly simple, at least in principle — they pick up material from one location and drop it off in another. While that’s true on a very basic level, the work of crane contractors can also be extremely detailed and difficult. As such, it’s vital that builders and construction companies hire crane operators, riggers and dogmen who have specific skills and experience with the type of crane needed for each project. Cranes come in various forms, and you must make sure the people using them have more than general capabilities if you want to ensure compliance and success.


What Kind of Crane Contractors Do You Need for Your Next Job?


When looking for a crane crew contractor for your next project, always consider the crane you’ll be using before hiring personnel to man it. The following three types of crane are commonly used for many infrastructure projects throughout Australia:

  • Tower cranes: these cranes are made from long masts anchored to heavy concrete slabs, which give them first-rate carrying capacity and a significant height advantage over other cranes. Since they are large and extremely expensive, these cranes are used almost exclusively in the construction of tall buildings (although they may also be used for temporary structures and communications installations).
  • Luffing cranes: in densely packed urban regions, standard tower cranes may not always have room to move their jibs. Luffing cranes provide a solution for such predicaments since their jibs rotate vertically instead of horizontally — effectively allowing the crane to manoeuvre its hook in much tighter spaces. A luffing crane contractor needs to be properly certified to work with these cranes and understand how they differ from regular tower cranes.
  • Hammerhead cranes: hammerhead cranes offer extra movement capabilities by including the ability to rack, as well as lifting and rotating. Their upper portion often extends behind the rear of the crane to support the jib and a counterweight that keeps the load secure as it’s lifted. Hammerhead cranes are sometimes used in naval applications such as shipyards since they tend to take up too much space for crowded city streets. An appropriate hammerhead crane contractor should have specific experience using this type of crane since they are often required to perform different motions than the other cranes listed above.

JF Cranes: Your Solution for Crane Operators and More


When you need a tower crane contractor, a luffing crane crew or even a team to operate your hammerhead crane, JF Cranes can help. Our personnel are available to crew any of the crane types listed above, and we pride ourselves on having all the necessary qualifications to ensure that these pieces of machinery are employed safely on your site. Contact us at your first available opportunity to speak with someone on our staff about how we can supply you with the manpower needed for your crane today.