How long has your company been around?
Allied Crane Service was established in 1987, but Dan has been in the crane business since 1974. He started working on and operating cranes since he was 16 years old, and became a full time professional crane operator when he turned twenty.
Since 1987, he has personally completed more than 50,000 crane jobs. Not only is he a master crane operator, he also is a recognized expert on the maintenance and repair of cranes. In his long 41-year tenure as a crane operator, he has encountered practically every mechanical crane malfunction possible, and he has personally repaired, maintained, and/or replaced every part of a crane.
Can you tell me more about Dan Kone’s experience, qualifications, and safety record in the crane business?
He is Southern California’s most experienced crane operator. As a master of the crane craft, he is the go-to guy for difficult jobs that call for extreme precision and technical crane “problem solving.” He is able to do very technically challenging crane assignments in a variety of environments – from suburban environments to densely populated urban areas with very tight space constraints; from uneven mountainous terrain to fragile residential surfaces (e.g., clay tiles); from exclusive residential areas in west L.A. and beach communities to dense commercial intersections with high pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Dan Kone has done it all. Because of his extensive experience, he is literally able to predict “what can go wrong” in a job. He is a meticulous, precise, and careful crane operator with a 100% safety record in more than four decades of experience.
Dan lives and breathes cranes. In the Southern California area, there is no one who can match his mastery and experience as a crane operator. That is why he is the crane operator of choice for such institutions as California Institute of Technology, where they entrust him with lifting/moving delicate multi-million dollar equipment, to L.A. area museums who call on him to move priceless, irreplaceable art objects and outdoor sculptures.
Dan started his crane career working on a Dyna-lift 118-foot electric crane. This is a notoriously difficult and challenging crane to operate. Successful mastery of an electric crane makes hydraulic work “easy” in comparison. He currently owns and operate his own truck crane (aka boom truck), which has a 30-ton rating.
Regarding his safety record: he never had an accident. While he has experienced virtually every kind of mechanical failure over his four decades of crane work, his careful “preventive” preparation and anticipation has kept his safety record intact. There is no other company out there that can approach his safety record and crane expertise.
There are a lot of crane companies in the Southern California. Give me three good reasons why I should hire you?
The most important reason is Safety. Dan pays attention to every detail of what can go wrong. He is a fanatical safety freak. Case in point: one of his recent jobs required lifting considerable volumes of highly corrosive industrial acid. The client did not have any safety chemicals nearby to neutralize an acid spill should an accident happen. He advised his clients to keep buckets of baking soda nearby as a safety precaution. He has his client’s safety front and center in every job he undertakes. You can look at Allied Crane’s Safety Manual to familiarize yourself with the basic safety guidelines used for all crane jobs. As an expert crane mechanic, he personally inspects and services every part of the crane to ensure 100% safety for every lift. Most operators do not have the mechanical and technical expertise that Dan Kone has.
Factoid Alert: Did you know that sidewalks in downtown Pasadena are hollow (and therefore incapable of bearing the heavy load of a crane outrigger)? Not many operators know this. Dan uses a lo-tech technique to determine the suitability of a sidewalk as an outrigger locations: using “Woodar” – which is basically repeatedly dropping a heavy block of wood on a sidewalk to determine whether it is hollow or not. Dan’s version of radar is ingenuous, fast, and dependable, and is a typical example of the critically important trait of anticipating what can go wrong.
The second reason is that he approaches each job to be as Cost-efficient as possible. This goes hand-in-hand with experience. A master crane operator has no tolerance for slop. One of the most succesful HVAC businesses in the Los Angeles area has publicly stated that he literally would rather retire than use a crane operator of lesser talent than Dan. For contractors, there is no margin for error. If an accident occurs, with human injury or destruction of property, everyone gets sued!
The third reason is Skill. Because of his experience in the trade, his talent and abilities with the hydraulic crane is unmatched in the Southern California region. There are countless possibilities for things going wrong. The ability to anticipate what can go wrong, and to prepare for that eventuality, is not simply a function of mechanical-spatial intelligence. It is primarily related to experience. There are many situations where it is impossible to know the solution, unless you have experienced the problem before.