Integrating real time positioning systems to improve blind lifting and loading crane operations

Li, Heng, Chan, Greg, & Skitmore, Martin (2013) Integrating real time positioning systems to improve blind lifting and loading crane operations. Construction Management and Economics, 31(6), pp. 596-605.

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Mobile/tower cranes are the most essential forms of construction plant in use in the construction industry but are also the subject of several safety issues. Of these, blind lifting has been found to be one of the most hazardous of crane operations. To improve the situation, a real-time monitoring system that integrates the use of a Global Positioning System (GPS) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is developed. This system aims to identify unauthorized work or entrance of personnel within a pre-defined risk zone by obtaining positioning data of both site workers and the crane. The system alerts to the presence of unauthorized workers within a risk zone——currently defined as 3m from the crane. When this happens, the system suspends the power of the crane and a warning signal is generated to the safety management team. In this way the system assists the safety management team to manage the safety of hundreds of workers simultaneously. An onsite trial with debriefing interviews is presented to illustrate and validate the system in use.

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ID Code: 60767
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Blind lifting, Crane Safety, Positioning System
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2012.756144
ISSN: 1466-433X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Construction Management and Economics, 2013
Vol. 31, No. 6, 596–605, [copyright Taylor & Francis], available online at:
Deposited On: 13 Jun 2013 04:25
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2014 06:02

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