In March 2023, WorkSafeBC will implement new regulations for tower cranes in B.C. that will require the use of anti-collision/zoning systems. This development comes in response to newer technology that helps to ensure the safer use of tower cranes by…

Liebherr 81 K.1 Ready For Service

We are pleased to announce the addition of two new cranes to our fleet! Bigfoot has just acquired two of Liebherr’s 81 K.1 Fast-Erect self-erecting tower cranes. These cranes have been carefully selected to meet the growing demand of the mid-rise building…

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Bigfoot Crane Company

A recent industry survey conducted by American Cranes & Transport (ACT) magazine ranked Bigfoot Crane in not one but two of their industry listings. It’s a major achievement for Bigfoot Crane, since this is the first time the company has been recognized in this way.


The annual survey results are represented by three separate lists: Top 20 Companies, Top 10 Largest Tower Cranes and Top 10 Largest Number In Fleet:

  • Bigfoot Crane placed 13th overall on the Top 20 Companies list and number eight on the Largest Number In Fleet
  • Ranking in the Top 20 Companies is determined by the tower crane index, which is the sum of the maximum load moment rating of all the cranes in a fleet measured in tonne-meters. Bigfoot Crane is one of only four Canadian companies to achieve placement on this list and is also the only company with one location.
  • A fleet total of 52 cranes, including the San Marco SMT 550, provided the muscle behind the 8th place ranking on the Top 10 Largest Number In Fleet.

Ryan Burton, Managing Partner at Bigfoot Crane emphasizes that “it’s not just the fleet, but our team’s commitment to providing legendary service that is driving growth for Bigfoot Crane.”


ACT’s annual survey, which garnered a greater than 70 percent response rate, returned some solid results overall. In spite of economic downturns and dips in the oil sector, the numbers show that there is moderate but steady growth in the industry.

  • The year’s total capacity of every crane from every company that made the list is a whopping 506,026 tonne-meters – that’s 82,822 tonne-meters larger than 2014.
  • The total number of tower cranes across all companies also expanded, from 1,327 in 2014 to 1,531 in 2015.
  • Employee numbers also increased from 6,827 (2014) to 7,945 (2015).
  • From a locations standpoint, the total grew from 217 last year to 259 this year.


American Cranes & Transport is a US-based monthly publication dedicated to the North American crane and transport industry. It’s the official domestic magazine of the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association, reaching over 16,000 industry people monthly. It’s the primary source of industry information for crane owners, buyers and renters.

Click here to read the survey results.

Amtrak runs more than 300 trains on a daily basis. When the American passenger train company needed valuable train car components lifted for transport to the Midwest, a Delaware based company, Active Crane Rentals, Inc. was hired to perform the hoists. But Active Crane relied on the Boscaro EZ spreader bar system from Bigfoot Crane to perform the job.

In order to maximize on their lifting capacity, Active Crane planned to perform a straight-line pull. To protect the sides of the 70,000 lb and 100,000 lb components, they utilized the Boscaro EZ spreader bar system.

The EZ spreader bar system features a unique design of male and female interlocking sections. Each galvanized section can be used as an individual bar, as was done for the Amtrak lifts, or they can be combined to form an adjustable spreader bar with one-foot increments. By allowing easy adaptation with one system, the need for an assortment of bar lengths is eliminated, which improves efficiency and helps to manage project costs.

“Today my big thing is cutting down costs and in order to cut costs you have to cut down on time. The available capacity and the ease of adjustability offered by the EZ spreader bar system equals cost and time savings. We utilize the bars every day, they are constantly in use.”

Butch Garton, Crane & Rigging Specialist, Active Crane Rentals, Inc.

Amtrak Uses EZ Spread Bar System

Amtrak Uses Boscaro EZ Spreader Bar System

Active Crane Rental Hoists Train Car

Active Crane Rental Hoists Train Car

Spreader Bar Set Up

Spreader Bar Set-Up

Active Crane Rental base in Deleware

Active Crane Rental, based in Delaware


Boscaro’s Concrete Bucket and Spreader Bars both qualified as finalists for the LLEAP awards. Although Eagle West Equipment (acquired by Bigfoot Crane Company) did not win in the category, we still made the magazine publication as a finalist.

For a complete view of the 2013 LLEAP Awards, or to look at this month’s edition of Lift & Access click the link below.

San Marco Tower Crane Sale

Recently Eagle West Cranes & Equipment (acquired by Bigfoot Crane Company) was proud to complete the sale of new San Marco SMT 520 City Crane to Smedley Crane & Rigging out of Branford CT. As part of the sales process, I recently had the opportunity to visit the first job site for this crane in Cambridge MA for a Hanover Company jobsite.

The jobsite currently also is utilizing a San Marco Self Erecting Crane, the SMH 421. The customer has been pleased with their San Marco cranes and now with the two cranes on opposing corners of the site can service nearly the entire project with these 2 cranes. Getting to see both cranes on site in person gives a great appreciation for the increased efficiency these cranes can bring to a project.

The sale of this crane would not be possible without the entire team we have here at Eagle West (acquired by Bigfoot Crane Company)  working together to complete this delivery. Through production at the factory, delivery via sea containers from San Marco to Branford CT, trucking to Cambridge and setup on site it was a unique and learning experience to go through every stage of the sale and delivery on this crane.

Bigfoot Crane Company is proud to be the distributor for San Marco cranes and to learn what our self erecting, city, and tower cranes can do for your jobs please visit:


I want to personally thank all of the hard work of every member of our team that make opportunities like this possible and allow us to deliver the highest quality in both products and service to our customers.


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4th Annual CraneBlogger Crane Photo Contest

CraneBlogger is starting up its 2013 annual great crane photo contest, this is where you can submit your photos of the coolest tower crane, coolest mobile crane and wildest crane project. Photos will be accepted until August 16, 2013. You can email photos entries to .

There are always some amazing photos of Liebherr Mobile & Tower cranes, Grove Manitowoc and tons other manufacturers from crane companies all over North America.

Check out the post at CraneBlogger.

Here are some of the photo winners from last year:

Coolest Tower Crane

Coolest Tower Crane Photo

Coolest Tower Crane Photo


Coolest Mobile Crane

Mobile All Terrain Crane

Mobile All Terrain Crane


Wildest Crane Project

Tower Crane Night Time Photo

Tower Crane Night Time Photo

Winners will be announced Oct. 21, 2013

Some of the Prizes include Liebherr Model Cranes and articles in Wire Rope Exchange and Crane Hot Line.

Good luck to everyone who is fortunate enough to capture the right crane photo and is able to get in on this contest.

The following Facebook Benefit Auction is being put on by Heavy Life Alberta, in support of the family of Andre Lalonde, an employee at Whissell Contracting who was tragically taken from us on April 3, 2013. 100% of the proceeds will go to his wife Melissa and children, Michaelle and Alexina.

First off, we would like to thank all the businesses and kind-hearted individuals that have donated items for the auction. The support we have had has been amazing and is greatly appreciated.

Together we can make a difference and the heavy haul community has certainly been showing us that this week!

Please read these rules prior to placing a bid.

Click this link to be taken into the auction album.

Auction begins Sunday, April 14th at 12:00 pm and runs until Sunday, April 21st at 12:00 pm.
Bidding can be made by commenting underneath the item.
For those without Facebook wishing to participate, bids are accepted by phone (780) 819-1737 or email
Any comments made before or after the above mentioned timeline will not be included.
Bidding will be in $1.00 increments.
Please only bid on item(s) that you intend to pay for should you be declared the winning bidder.
The last highest bid placed prior to the cut off time is the winning bidder.
Payment and/or payment arrangements need to be made within 24 hours of being declared the winning bidder by HLA.
If payment or arrangements are not made within the time period, the 2nd highest bidder will be contacted and offered the item at their bid.
Payment can be made by email money transfer or directly to any RBC branch (proof of payment/receipt will be required)
HLA will forward the winners all information required to collect the item and pick up and/or shipping can be arranged directly with the donator of the item.

If you have any questions, please send us a message or email Dan Kosowan at

Thank you and happy bidding!!

Crane & Rigging Conference | Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference

CRC/ICHC is an independent crane, rigging, and hoist conference for safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, fleet managers, and other people working with cranes in construction and heavy industry.

Launched in 2010 by MCM Events, the conference has been held in both the United States and Canada in partnership with various leading crane training and crane and rigging products providers. Education sessions are presented by crane and rigging experts, representing contractors, engineers, insurance providers, crane rental companies, training providers, and health and safety professionals, to name a few.

While some crane and rigging safety topics are timeless, others are predicated by industry trends, changes in standards and regulations, new technology, and shifts in labor demands. Conference staff consists of editors from Crane & Rigging Hot Line, ILH and Lift and Hoist International—individuals who have their ear to the ground regarding issues affecting users of cranes.

More than just a lecture-style conference, CRC/ICHC offers attendees opportunities for networking in small groups, experiencing hands-on learning, and the chance to visit vendors during exhibit hours.

crc/ichc conference

Key Features

  • Joint Sessions addressing broad trends, technology, and business issues.
  • Choices of multiple breakout sessions specific to mobile cranes, tower cranes, overhead cranes, and rigging topics.
  • Interactive sessions where attendees can try out crane simulators, rigging apps, or rigging inspection.
  • Small-group sessions where attendees can interact with industry experts one-on-one.
  • Exhibit center featuring approximately 30 vendors.
  • Breakfast and Lunch provided.

Who Attends?

Typical attendees include contractors, engineering firms, various construction user groups, unions, and crane and rigging professionals. The conference sessions are geared for safety and risk managers, crane and rigging supervisors, fleet managers, and small business owners. The following list is a sample of some of the companies that have attended past CRC/ICHC events.

Alon Refining ,Alltec Lifting Systems ,AmQuip,Balfour Beatty,BP,Buckner Companies,Chicago Bridge & Iron,Conoco Phillips,Crane Rental Corp.,Dow Chemical,Dupont,Eastman Chemical,Exxon Mobil,Gamesa Wind,Graycor Industrial,H&E Equipment,Imperial Crane,IUOE,Kansas City Power & Light,Kiewit Energy,LyondellBasell,Mammoet USA,Massmann Construction,Mortenson Construction,Peterson Beckner,Ray Anthony International,Shaw Group,Tennessee Valley Authority,Top Flight Steel,Turner Industries,US Army Corp of Engineers, US Navy

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Previous Industry Supporters

Over the years, a number of regional and national industry organizations have supported CRC/ICHC.

Among them are:

  • ABC, Pelican Chapter and Greater Houston Chaptercrc/ichc banner
  • Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals
  • Association of Equipment Management Professionals
  • Canadian Hoisting & Rigging Safety Council
  • Construction Users Roundtable
  • Crane Certification Association of America
  • Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance
  • Houston Business Roundtable
  • National Center for Construction Education and Research
  • Steel Erectors Association of America