Overhead Cranes

There is some confusion in the industry regarding crane configurations and the application of OSHA regulations. In a recent article in Industrial Lift & Hoist Magazine, Tom Reardon, one of Columbus McKinnon’s training managers, discusses the issue and provides clarification for crane users. OSHA 1910.179(a)(1) states that “A ‘crane’ is a machine for lifting and […]

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) standard, B30.11 has another chapter.   Revised in 2010, the most apparent change is the addition of Chapter 11 – 4, “Maintenance Training and Maintenance.”   B30.11-4.1 states, “Maintenance training shall be provided to promote proficient adjustments, repairs, and replacements on crane and monorail systems….” This added chapter includes requirements […]

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  Kyle asks the following question about load testing: A  company I work with conducts a special lift twice a year where they lift 100,000 lbs. with a 50 Ton crane.  Are there any special requirements as far as load testing, inspections or OSHA requirements that need to be considered when doing this lift?  If […]

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  For natural gas filter towers in the Saudi-Arabian desert, our German branch, Columbus McKinnon Engineered Products GmbH has developed and installed a special lifting and traversing system for changing filter elements. This involves the use of 19 specially designed trolleys in three different sizes and eight gantry cranes made from ATEX-compliant lifting elements and […]

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MCM Events welcomes another speaker at the jointly held Crane & Rigging Conference and Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference at the Hampton Inn Hotel & Suites New Orleans-Convention Center, New Orleans, La. The conferences will take place May 23-24, 2012. Tom Reardon, Training Manager, Hoists and Cranes, for Columbus McKinnon Corporation, will provide an overview […]

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Gene writes:  “I am not seeing eye to eye with my customer on a bridge crane alarm issue. His claim is that the warning device must be an alarm (sound) and that it should be continuously on when the bridge is traveling.  The standard he is referencing is ANSI B30.2 (1967) with the claim that […]

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              The Association of Crane and Rigging Professionals (ACRP) recently held its annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The ACRP is a nonprofit association whose mission is dedicated to improving crane operations and rigging activities in all industries. This is accomplished through educational opportunities to its members and the public. Many […]

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Recently I had the opportunity to visit Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge Tennessee.  This is one of our many treasured national labs run by the US Department of Energy.  Some may recall that this lab, in conjunction with The University of Tennessee, was where much of the Manhattan Project nuclear weapons development […]

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In 1995, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that electrocutions accounted for 6% of all worker deaths. The most common OSHA electrical violation is improper grounding of equipment and circuitry. It routinely hits the top 25 in terms of OSHA citations. Our customer service group periodically receives calls with questions concerning grounding requirements for overhead […]

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The opening session for the Industrial Crane & Hoist Conference, to be held May 26-27, 2010, in Houston, Texas is sure to set the tone for the rest of event. Peter Cooke, Corporate Trainer for Columbus McKinnon, will start off the education sessions by sharing insight on OSHA and ANSI safety topics as they pertain to […]

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