Overhead Crane Accident- Always Service Your Crane

Three men were injured and one crushed to death by overhead crane accident in Arkansas Nuclear One Plant in April 2013.

This is ultimately the responsibility of the company who service the crane who have not been named.

Overhead Crane Collapse

It is important to correctly maintain your overhead crane in order to prevent breakdowns and unnecessary repairs and in some cases like this; fatal accidents.

On this occasion the gantry appears to have snapped, this could be due to a number of factors such as overload, poor engineering, poort maintenance etc.

Safety should never be compromised when lifting and handling heavy loads, UK law and LOLER require cranes to be serviced on a regular basis.


For more information and advice on Overhead Crane Servicing and Overhead Crane Inspection visit Crane Handling.

Jib Crane Terminology

Jib Cranes can become slightly confusing when it comes to making your first purchase as factory management it is your responsibility to ensure everything goes to plan, so reading this article will help you get to grips with Swing Jibs and ensure you pick the right one!

Firstly there is the type of Jib Crane, will you be floor mounting or wall mounting?

Donati Swing Jib Crane.

Donati Swing Jib Crane.

Types of Jib Cranes

Free Standing- When specifying a free standing jib crane the jib arm is supported by a floor mounted support, this is secured by chemical anchors that are fitted to the ground and base plate. These can be over-braced or Under-braced, if headroom issues are bound to occur (meaning you do not have enough room above the jib arm to fit the crane) under-braced ensures that the total height of the crane is no taller than the required hook path (height of lift).

Wall Mounted- The name is self explanatory, easily mounted to a wall using fixing stirrups or chemical resin anchors, giving more room on the floor of the production line. Additional height of lift can be achieved at a better cost without the need for tall columns for mounting.

Jib Cranes can have up to 360 degrees of manual or electric slew in order to efficiently and effectively reach material and lift up to 10 Tonnes. For more information and competitive quotations on Donati Swing Jib Cranes please visit Crane Handling.

Buying Used Overhead Cranes

New cranes are one thing, but used are another. When buying a new crane times can be tough, and what business is not on a budget these days? So ask yourself; Why would you buy new when you can buy used (and in mint condition) at a fraction of the price? You wouldn’t providing your specification does not require new, and this is what many well established firms that require cranes are doing.

Crane Handling have supplied top Nuclear power plants, large logistics companies and various production plants with used cranes at a fraction of the cost of a new crane. Another positive advantage is that these gantry cranes are in stock and can be installed in just one day.


If refurbished cranes have been deemed suitable for a high risk nuclear environment then a standard environment poses no issues, second hand cranes are ideal for all!

Not only do Crane Handling supply and install used overhead cranes but they also test and certify the equipment to ensure it is fit for purpose. This is documented accordingly to Loler requirements.

Newly refurbished cranes can provide ultimate financial flexibility with payment plans and due to the significantly lower prices than new cranes this can free up and allow access to additional funds in your budget that a new overhead crane would have unnecessarily used.

To find out more about and view the UK’s biggest stock of used overhead cranes and used jib cranes be sure to visit Crane Handling.


Swing Jib Cranes

Lifting Equipment Store are proud to announce that we are now quoting for brand new Demag swing jib cranes.

Our jib crane systems are of the highest German manufactured quality with safe working loads up to 1 Ton (or more on request). Our Demag jib cranes are a necessity in the 21st century production line, lifting components is made easy while dual speed controls help raise and lower goods and components with precision. For ultimate control we recommend a Demag jib crane with the addition of a Demag Manulift Electric Chain Hoist.

Demag Jib Crane

We have nationwide engineers that are certified to install, test and certify your new jib crane or jib cranes! We are also proud of our competitive installation prices.

Our Demag jib cranes feature ultra low resistance trolleys to make operation of your jib crane a breeze, helping keep your workers happy and maintain a faster production pace.

For a competitive quotation for a jib crane please contact Lifting Equipment Store.