Materials in Motion

The Disconnect Between Management and Employees Regarding Safety

Material handling operations can involve potentially hazardous conditions, and they require safety programs to eliminate risk factors. For a safety program to be effective within a facility, employees and managers have to be on the same page regarding safety expectations. Unfortunately, employees and managers don’t always see eye-to-eye, but that isn’t always the sole responsibility... Read Full Article
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The Dangers of Side Loading

Overhead cranes can help make material handling operations much safer than other methods of lifting heavy objects. They can alleviate the need for manual lifting, which can protect workers from strains and lift-related injuries. They can also replace other types of lifting equipment, such as forklifts, that aren’t specifically designed for material handling. Overhead cranes... Read Full Article
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Industrial Cranes and What They Do

The world of cranes is huge; while many cranes are used in different types of large construction projects, many other cranes are used every day in a huge variety of industries. With so many different applications, there are also many different kinds of cranes that are all designed for specific jobs and functions. Cranes are... Read Full Article
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Tandem Lift Safe Practices

When lifting heavy or oddly shaped objects, it is sometimes desirable to use two cranes in tandem rather than a single higher-capacity crane. Tandem lifts can be very useful, and they are often used to place structural beams for bridges, move large loads, and lift long components from horizontal to vertical positions. However, tandem lifts... Read Full Article
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OSHA Safe + Sound Week

This year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is hosting its annual safety and health event, Safe + Sound Week, August 13-19. Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event designed to emphasize the importance of workplace safety and health programs. By successfully implementing safety and health programs, companies can identify and address hazards before... Read Full Article
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Introduction to Construction Cranes

Cranes are some of the most important pieces of equipment in the construction industry. Modern construction cranes include fixed tower cranes, huge shipyard gantry cranes, drivable truck-mounted cranes, and more. Different kinds of cranes work in very different ways, so every construction crane is perfectly suited to the job it is designed to do. The... Read Full Article
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Crane Operation and Wireless Controls

Wireless remote radio control is an emerging option for crane operation that comes with several benefits over traditional crane controls. These benefits include safer operations, better maneuverability, and improved working times. Before the rise of radio controls, cranes have typically been operated with one of two kinds of controls: bridge-mounted cab controls or wired pendant... Read Full Article
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MMA-MHI: the Standards of Overhead Crane Safety

The Monorail Manufacturers Association is a trade association affiliated the Material Handling Industry and is a leading authority in overhead cranes and material handling. MMA works closely with OSHA and other safety organizations to promote and ensure safe use of overhead track systems in all material handling industries. Many MMA members sit on MHI committees... Read Full Article
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