At many construction sites, contractors and workers commonly use conventional load-lifting equipment, such as hoists and chains. While this equipment does get the job done, workers face increased safety risks when handling material using manual lifting attachments.
Vacuum lifters offer a better solution for contractors who want to improve safety and efficiency at worksites that require the handling and lifting of heavy loads.
Read on to learn more about vacuum lifting and the benefits of choosing this technology over traditional lifting methods.
Vacuum lifters are heavy-duty devices that move large, heavy objects such as concrete blocks, glass, and metal panels. The main components of a vacuum lifter are the pump, vacuum gauge, piston valve, vacuum pads, and audible alarms.
During operations, the worker attaches the vacuum lifter to a crane hook and lowers the lifter device onto the load. Through hydraulic power or a self-contained engine, the crane’s hoist activates the vacuum lifter’s pump, pulls up the lifter, and creates a vacuum between the lifter’s pads and the load.
This vacuum condition helps to lift and place heavy loads at the desired location. The pad will adhere to the load until the operator activates the release.
Vacuum-lifting technology offers many benefits over conventional rigging methods.
Getting struck by a crane, getting struck by a crane load, and being hit by a collapsing crane have historically been, and continue to be, among the leading causes of deaths at construction sites.
Vacuum lifters can reduce the occurrence of such incidences, as operators do not have to come into close contact with the crane during the lifting process.
Additionally, lifters can raise materials with more precision than hoists and slings, which require the operator to rig the load manually. Improper load attachment can result in fatal accidents and will slow productivity.
Workplace injuries and fatalities can be detrimental to your business. With vacuum lifters, employees are less likely to suffer common construction site injuries such as back problems.
Making your workplace safer not only allows you to comply with industry regulations but also minimizes insurance claims related to work injuries.
Bear in mind that employee turnover due to unsafe working conditions can slow down your project and increase the overall cost of retaining workers.
Conventional methods of rigging, balancing, and monitoring heavy loads not only present safety risks but can also be time-consuming.
Often, several operators need to climb on top of the load while others need to position themselves on the ground to attach a load to a rig for a successful lifting operation. On the contrary, operating a vacuum lifter requires only one operator, allowing contractors to save on labor costs.
Additionally, given that the operator does not need to attach loads to slings, contractors can improve lead times, minimize downtime and man-hours spent on material handling and lifting tasks, and enhance overall efficiency at the jobsite.
Contractors can use vacuum-lifting technology to lift all types of objects without the risk of damaging the load.
Vacuum lifters will get the job done whether you are lifting large panels of glass, robust equipment, wood, or concrete. This eliminates the need for multiple below-the-hook lifting attachments if your project entails lifting different types of loads.
Material handling and lifting of heavy loads are significant processes in any construction project. Contractors who are keen on improving worksite productivity, reducing downtime, and minimizing repetitive strain injuries and the associated liability can benefit from custom vacuum lifters.
At Advanced Crane Services, we can help you find the right vacuum lifter and other below-the-hook lifting equipment to complete the job. Get in touch with us today to discuss your needs.