Materials Handling 101: Top Running Bridge Cranes

When things get heavy, you need extra help. No matter what situation you’re in, that’s a good guideline to have. Handling the materials vital to your business should be approached the same way. You can radically improve worker safety, drop injury rates, and lessen damage to your materials by using the appropriate equipment for lifting, moving, and positioning.

Bridge the Gap
top running bridge cranes can be a standalone solution for moving materials between workstations, or to eliminate most cases of manual lifting. They’re also an excellent for freeing up an existing overhead crane to move larger loads, or to supplement existing jib cranes, gantries, and fork lifts. Working with loads from 150 pounds to 60 tons, depending on size and installation, means less workers and work hours to lift, move, handle, stage, and position materials.

  • Double Girder: Handles the heaviest classes of materials with ease. These cranes have the widest spans, largest capacities, and the best lift.
  • Single girder: When space, cost, and lighter loads that don’t require the huge capacity of a double girder crane.

No matter what size, these cranes offer excellent benefits in terms of adaptability, flexibility offered by below the hook options, and in terms of safety.

Cranes and Their Benefits
Cranes offer a lot of benefits for businesses, and not just by positioning, lifting, or moving heavy loads.

  • Cranes lower the risk of injury by reducing strain on workers, and lessen fatigue that can cloud judgement. There were almost three million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2014, with a median of nine days off work to care for, treat, and recover from according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Remote controls mean that the operator is not in the load path, and safety training keeps workers from standing or walking under a load that’s on the crane.
  • Reduces the need for forklifts and this drops maintenance costs, and are less affected than forklifts by operator error.
  • In case you didn’t clock the link above, it can also dramatically reduce damage to materials by making for a more direct pathway, the ability to go over obstacles, and stack materials higher with more accuracy and safety.

Selecting an overhead bridge crane type and runway can put you on track to making for a safer workplace. The Department of Labor recommends engineering controls as one of the most effective methods to decrease workplace injuries up to one third, according to OSHA.

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