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HDS crane applications

An HDS crane is a hydraulic truck crane, which is classified as a heavy-duty vehicle; it has a crane mounted on a chassis, which is used to perform loading and unloading of various goods and is designed for material handling. 

HDS crane, what use does it have in warehouses? 

The use of an HDS crane depends on what the warehouse in question does. Often, however, its work involves the unloading and loading of various materials in building depots or warehouses. This is where a HDS crane is used to cope with heavy and bulky goods. In warehouses, it can also be used to stack storage containers in vertical rows. 

Working manually with bulky goods would have been very difficult, so HDS cranes were ideal for working in warehouses and building depots. 

HDS crane working in a construction warehouse

Who can take the HDS crane exam? 

Persons working on an HDS crane must have the relevant authorisations, which are issued by the Office of Technical Inspection.

In order to gain such an entitlement you must: 

  1. Be over 18 years of age, 
  2. Hold a category C or B driving licence,  
  3. Obtain medical clearance for this work, 
  4. Go to the course and pass the theories and practice.  

Once this has been done, it is necessary to sign up for the state exam. If we pass the exam correctly, we will receive an identification card which authorises us to start working with the HDS crane. The document confirming our qualifications is valid for a period of 5 years. 

HDS in warehouses

HDS cranes in warehouses have a very important role that is difficult to replace by using any other equipment. The use of this machine has had a significant impact on productivity and organisation on the warehouse floor. The role of the HDS crane in the warehouse is specific, as it is able to work on a certain small area, and moreover, it can cope with massive elements in works such as their unloading and loading, as well as being able to move bulky loads without damaging their contents.

Questions and Answers

What is the main role of the HDS crane in the warehouse?

Its main task is the unloading and loading of large components.

How long is the validity of the UDT document?

The validity of such a document lasts for five years from the date of issue.

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