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Crane Safety Technology Essential Part of Improving Productivity

Marty Walters
Safety Manager

Advances in crane safety technology greatly reduce the risk of accidents that result in injury and property damage in factories, warehouses, cargo yards, ports, shipyards, construction sites and wherever else lifting equipment is used.

These advances include crane safety technology that improves load control and reduces load sway. While promoting safety, these new developments also lift the efficiency and productivity of a company’s operations. For instance, by keeping loads under control, anti-sway crane safety technology allows crane operators to focus more of their attention on placing loads as quickly and accurately as possible.

And this technology further improves safety as it allows crane operators to focus more attention on all activity around them, helping them avoid collisions and other accidents.

Crane safety technology enables smoother hoist movement, including smooth starts and stops. This reduces stress on the crane structure and further controls load sway.

Monitoring systems are another key type of crane safety technology that reduces the risk of equipment failure, damage and injury. Some monitoring systems prevent load capacities from being exceeded. Others provide thermal protection to prevent overheating of hoisting motors. Others assure soft starts and stops of hoists.

And yet other types of crane safety technology keep track of the number of hoisting cycles, average load, starts, and number of operating hours. Monitoring technology such as this supports a company’s crane preventive maintenance program. It provides maintenance staff the essential information they need for replacing essential parts at recommended intervals. This reduces the risk of equipment failure, injury, property loss and lost production time.

Crane safety technology also helps technicians quickly identify and correct the source of equipment problems so the equipment can be returned to service sooner – and reduce the expense of disruptions in production.

While today’s crane safety technology reduces the risk of accidents, safety training is still essential. Crane manufacturers that provide their customers a complete range of service can train a company’s personnel in safe operation of equipment. Another essential service to supplement crane safety technology is safety consulting service to help customers select the most appropriate lifting equipment for their operations.

To learn more about the crane safety technology offered by Konecranes – as well as our complete range of service, training and consulting services – call us at (877) 363-1895.

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