Hoist Pre-Operational Safety Inspection Part 2: The Difference Between Frequent and Periodic Hoist Inspections

November 5, 2015






This article is Part 2 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 the difference between Frequent and Periodic hoist inspections. There are two classes of hoist inspections: Frequent Inspections and Periodic Inspections. Frequent Inspections This is what we refer to as […]

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Hoist Pre-Operational Safety Inspection Part 1: Safety Standards and Regulations

October 29, 2015






This article is Part 1 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 Safety Standards and Regulations. When using hoisting equipment, it is very important to know and understand all of the safety and inspection standards that apply to your lifting […]

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#RigSafe Twitter Chat and Rigging Safety in the Entertainment Industry

October 15, 2015






Last Friday we held our October Safety Webinar, “10 Frequently Asked Questions from our CM Entertainment Motor Schools” featuring Dave Carmack, Columbus McKinnon Entertainment Trainer, and Eric Rouse, Technical Director for the Denver Center of Performing Arts. In case you missed it, you can view the recording here. To continue the conversation with both Dave and Eric, we […]

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Will Limit Switches Work Properly if the Motor is Reverse Phased?

October 8, 2015






Joe, an outside sales and service representative for a Columbus McKinnon distributor and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “Will limit switches work properly if the motor is reverse phased?” Perry Bishop, Columbus McKinnon trainer and safety webinar presenter, answers: When the up or down buttons are actuated, they pull in the proper contact for motor control, […]

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Using Cranes and Hoists in Hazardous Areas Part 2: The Need for Corrosion Resistance

September 24, 2015






This article is Part 2 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 the need for corrosion resistance. As we established in Part 1 of this series, lifting equipment used in classified hazardous locations must be compliant […]

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Pfaff-silberblau Provides Specially Designed Lifting System for Flood Protection Gate in Germany

September 17, 2015






Anyone who lives or works along a body of water knows that flooding is always a concern. In the North/Baltic Sea region, the city region of Greifswald and the urban district of Greifswald-Wieck in Germany know this all too well. Due to its exposed location, this region is one of the most vulnerable in the […]

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Load Securement: Ratchet Binder vs. Lever Binder

September 3, 2015






People frequently ask, “Which type of chain binder should I use?” Being an engineer gives my outlook on life an odd slant. I frequently think of things in terms of simple machines and how they can make my life better. Where am I going with this and how do simple machines relate to chain binder […]

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Using Cranes and Hoists in Hazardous Areas Part 1: The Need For Spark Resistance

August 27, 2015






This article is Part 1 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 the need for spark resistance. Across a variety of industries, ranging from upstream oil and gas and refining to agriculture and wood working, potentially flammable […]

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Reading RFID Chips on Rigging Equipment

August 20, 2015






Mike, a Lead Rigging Technician for an equipment rental company in the entertainment industry and recent safety webinar attendee, asks: “How far away should you be to read a RFID chip for rigging equipment tracking and inspection?” Troy Raines, Columbus McKinnon Chain & Rigging Product Engineering Manager and safety webinar presenter, answers: This is an […]

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Are Chain ID Tags Required on Tie-Downs?

July 23, 2015






Brad recently asked the following question in response to a blog post The Low-Down on Chain Tie-Downs: “I wrote to my distributor and inquired about chain tags. Their representative replied that all they had in stock were CHAIN TAGS even though they listed CHAIN and SLING tags made by CM. They sent me their part […]

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