Overhead Lifting Crane Safety Evolves with New Technology, Heightened Awareness

As high labor turnover continues to create an array of stiff challenges, the importance of devoting resources to safety in the field of overhead lifting cranes and hoists has never been more in focus.

“There should be more emphasis than ever on safety, mainly because the experienced people—the people with real know how—are leaving the industry or switching companies, and they’re just not available to pass that knowledge on to new users of equipment,” said Scott Salisbury, general manager of MHI member Bradley Lifting Corporation, an Xtek Company. “A lot of changes and shifts are happening in the industry. For instance, we’re seeing a big influx of technology. As the equipment becomes more technologically advanced, the knowledge base of workers must also increase.”

Fortunately, James Doty Jr., vice president of marketing and sales for MHI member Expert Crane, said, “In recent years, I have seen a marked increase in focus on overhead…

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