Keep both feet on the ground

22 February 2017

Nelson Manufacturing Company will launch the new ‘boots-on-the-ground’ version of its boom launch trailer at ConExpo in the Gold Lot, stand G2626.

Nelson Manufacturing’s boom launch trailer eliminates the need for an assist crane to install or remove boom sections on hydraulic cranes.

Nelson has upgraded its boom launch trailer to allow the crane boom to be pinned and unpinned to the trailer with the operator’s boots safely on the ground.

The key features of the new boom launch trailer include a powered front trolley, powered side shift and air-locking pins to permit the operator to attach the boom to the launch trailer with the use of the remote control. The need to climb up on the trailer to move the front trolley and pin the boom tip has been eliminated as these functions can now be completed from the ground.

Facilities and job sites in the US continue to enforce more safety requirements, which are often stricter than OSHA requirements.

In many plants and facilities, operators must be tied off or have some sort of fall protection at heights as low as 2ft.

According to Nelson, the new ‘boots-on-the-ground’ boom launch will completely resolve these issues and allow the use of timesaving trailers on the most safety conscious job sites by eliminating the need to access the top of the trailer.

The new version is now being offered as an option on the Nelson boom launch trailer, and is available for most crane booms currently offered by Grove, Liebherr, Link-Belt, Tadano and Terex. Retrofit kits for existing Nelson trailers out in the field are also available.

The Nelson boom launch trailer.