Rigging Manufacturing: Why Forge Parts Versus Cast?

February 4, 2016






Jason, a product engineer and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Why or when would a rigging equipment manufacturer choose to use the forging method versus the casting method?” Troy Raines, Chain & Rigging Product Engineering Manager at our CMCO Chattanooga Forge Operations, responds: Please be patient with me, as I use the word “mold” as […]

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Magnetek, Inc. Helps Repair Drawbridge Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

January 28, 2016






Nearly five years after Hurricane Sandy, the second-costliest hurricane in United States history, cities along the eastern seaboard continue to discover – and repair – the damage inflicted on their infrastructure by the Category 3 storm. Recently, Magnetek, Inc. had the opportunity to help mend some of the hurricane’s long-term damage by rebuilding industrial brakes […]

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Answers to Your Top 7 Crane and Hoist Questions

January 21, 2016






During the hundreds of classes Columbus McKinnon’s training team has conducted over the years, there are a variety of questions that arise regarding the use, maintenance and inspection of overhead cranes and hoists. So, I wanted to take this opportunity to outline seven of the most common concerns, myths and misconceptions we’ve received from crane […]

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Hoist Pre-Operational Safety Inspection Part 4: Controls

January 14, 2016






This article is Part 4 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss controls. Before operating a hoist, it is critical to check the hoist controls. If a hoist control is not properly labeled or is not working correctly, people can […]

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Safety Remains Top of Mind with Third Annual Safety Calendar Contest

January 7, 2016






Safety should always be at the core of how a company operates – and Columbus McKinnon is no exception. Over our long history, the safety of our employees and customers has remained paramount and is a continued focus for us as we move into 2016. As part of our continued commitment to safety, we kicked […]

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Columbus McKinnon Associates Give Back to Local Communities

December 31, 2015






Did you know that 31% of all charitable giving occurs during the month of December or that 12% of all giving during 2014 happened on the last three days of the year? The holidays are a great reminder that we all have so much to be thankful for. One of the best ways to show […]

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Nine Important Rules to Follow When Using Shackles

December 10, 2015






Shackles are used every day in a variety of rigging and load securement applications. Before you use a shackle, there are nine important rules to keep in mind. Rule 1: When making a sling, attach multiple sling legs to the bow, not the pin. Attaching legs to the pin can damage and weaken the sling. Rule […]

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Hoist Pre-Operational Safety Inspection Part 3: Markings and Labels

December 3, 2015






This article is Part 3 of a 7-part blog series that will cover what operators should consider when performing a pre-operational hoist safety inspection. Today, we’ll discuss markings and labels. The first thing you want to check for during a Pre-Operational Inspection are markings. One type of marking to look for on the hoist is […]

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Using Cranes and Hoists in Hazardous Areas Part 3: Space Constraint Challenges and Solutions

November 19, 2015






This article is Part 3 of a 3-part blog series that will provide an overview of safe practices for the use of material handling equipment in hazardous environments. Today, we’ll discuss space constraint challenges and solutions. In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, I discussed issues with compliance to NEC and IEC standards, the […]

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Understanding Horsepower Ratings on Hoists

November 12, 2015






Chris, an ETCP certified rigger and recent safety webinar attendee, asks the following question about horsepower ratings on hoists: “I don’t see Columbus McKinnon hoists rated with horsepower, however they are sometimes referred to by that rating. Does that relate to the FPM capability? I am guessing that a faster FPM hoist would have to […]

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