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How to Choose the Right Lifting Attachment for Your Load

Mark Sadler
Technical Instructor, Konecranes USA

Is your lifting attachment right for your load? Get the training you need to know for sure.

Most overhead cranes can accommodate any number of lifting attachments. As long as they fit the hook and don’t exceed the crane’s capacity, various lifting attachments are likely to work in the short term. But just because a lifting attachment appears to be doing its job, that doesn’t mean its performance is optimal.

In fact, imperfect attachment and load pairings can cause dangerous, not to mention expensive, errors. As an example, when lifting round roll stock with a lifting attachment the operator must select pads according to the diameter of the load. If the operator chooses the wrong diameter type pad the load is far more likely to slip and fall, putting workers at risk and halting productivity.

Training is the key to choosing the right lifting attachment

When lifting-related catastrophes occur, human error is usually to blame. As in the example above, most slips happen when crane operators don’t fully understand their equipment and the forces acting on it. Especially as older, more experienced operators begin to retire, many workers simply don’t have the knowledge they need to prevent accidents from happening. For this reason, it’s imperative that employees receive a thorough education in choosing, and using, the right lifting attachments for their loads.

At Konecranes, we offer training specifically designed to ensure lifting attachment optimization and safety. Our Rigging Fundamentals course, which teaches workers how to safely rig loads under different conditions, is ideal for new hires. We also evaluate customers’ established operations. During onsite visits, we assess load and lifting attachment compatibility and safety and teach workers how to use and inspect equipment. When necessary, we suggest improvements, such as developing custom lifting attachments for irregular loads (i.e. engines, windshields, car doors, etc.) or adapting standard models. In all our recommendations, we adhere to American Society of Mechanical Engineers standards.

Learn to stay safe with Konecranes

Equipping employees with expert knowledge is the best way to ensure that every lift is safe and secure. For more information on Konecranes’ training and consultation opportunities, please contact our sales team.

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