New Mobile Crane Technology
New technology is helping the crane industry with safety and productivity. Here are some of the ways that new tech is making things safer and making it easier for us to provide excellent crane insurance coverage for your business:
Wireless remote control: Now, crane operators don’t have to be close to the load to control what’s happening. They can use remote controls, which operate using either radio or infrared signals, from a safe location. Some also boast ergonomic design so that there is a lower risk of repetitive injury.
Diagnostics technology: Crane technicians can rely on improved tech to help them diagnose issues with equipment, ensure the machinery is serviced, and fix any problems quickly. Including the electrical system, hydraulics, and the engine. Some of the information outputs include the hours of run time, average load, and required maintenance – including alerts when parts need replacement.
Safety features: There are several examples of new safety technology. For example, some cranes have systems to calculate lifting capacities in real-time. No matter where the boom is positioned, the system itself can determine the safest maximum lifting capacity (including outrigger settings and reduced counterweights as applicable). Some systems will display colors so that the crane operator can see the work area capacity for enhanced safety. Other safety features include overload limiting, high-temperature alerts, and sway control. We’re hoping these advancements will lessen the number of crane operators’ insurance claims, lowering your rates and enabling us to provide attractive coverages.
Speed controls: Advanced controls now allow crane operators to lift, start and stop smoothly. The benefits of controlling lifting and traversing loads include being able to confidently manage load positioning, control load sway, and lower the risk of damage to whatever item is being handled.
Camera monitoring: Video technology has dramatically improved video monitoring for more than just security systems! Cranes are now fitted with high-quality wireless video monitoring solutions. Crane operators and even site supervisors can observe the load, with the ability to make decisions based on the best visuals possible. In conjunction with hand or voice signals improves safety on the job.
All of this technology makes it easier for crane operators to ensure the crane is configured correctly to suit the job they’re doing, whether it’s on a construction site or in a shipyard or factory. Telematics and cameras help with troubleshooting. Having improved technology doesn’t mean that crane operators don’t have to pay attention. Instead, it gives crane operators more time to focus on their surroundings, reducing collisions and other mishaps on the job.
When was the last time you reviewed your crane insurance? Contact New Heights Insurance Solutions to ensure you are protected at work and benefit from competitive rates.