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SC&RA releases guide to tower crane procedures

June 24, 2024  By CHC Staff

CENTREVILLE, VA – The Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) has released its Guide to Tower Crane Procedures, compiled by a task force featuring 15 of the association’s members and direct input from leaders across the industry.

The guide compiles the best practices to plan, communicate, mitigate risk and identify the proper roles and responsibilities across a number of tower crane processes, including assembly, reconfiguration, climbing, tiebacks, foundation design and disassembly.

Work on the guide began at the association’s 2023 annual conference in Carlsbad, CA, where the group’s Tower Crane Committee polled its audience on the topics they were interested in learning more of. The poll’s results showed assembly and disassembly, along with climbing procedures, to be the top two most-requested topics.

With this roadmap in mind, a task force of 15 members was created featuring members from across the tower crane industry, including manufacturers, end users, general contractors and engineers. The task force was broken into three subject groups – pre-planning, climbing, and assembly/disassembly/reconfiguration – in compiling the document.

“The Committee felt there was a vast gap in many of the critical areas in the tower crane process,” said the SC&RA’s Tower Crane Committee Chair Peter Juhren of Morrow Equipment Company. “But we also felt it would be of ultimate benefit to the industry, and many of the tower crane rental companies and contractors who own their cranes, to have a best-practices guide – something that could effectively fill those gaps.”

The guide is available through the SC&RA member resource portal at

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