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Going to LDI? Stop by and Visit Columbus McKinnon

Posted by Gisela Clark on

The 30th annual Live Design International (LDI) Show kicks off next week. This year, LDI show organizers are expecting more than 12,000 attendees – representing 80 countries – who work in theater, concert halls, outdoor production venues, houses of worship, theme parks and a variety of other live entertainment venues. They are coming to LDI to …

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12 Tips to Promote Safe Rigging in the Entertainment Industry | #RigSafe

Posted by Brian Leister on

On Friday, April 27, we celebrated #RigSafe day, an initiative started by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) to promote safe rigging in the entertainment industry. USITT asked companies to join the initiative by sharing rigging safety tips on social media under the hashtag #rigsafe. Columbus McKinnon participated in the event, tweeting out …

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Safely Using Wire Grips in Tandem

Posted by Christie Lagowski on

In the power and utility industry, there are some distribution and transmission applications that require linemen to use two wire grips in tandem. One application where this may be necessary is when you need to ensure the safe working load of a single grip is not exceeded. When using two grips together, the grips will …

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Crane and Hoist Safety: The Dangers of Side Pulling

Posted by Christie Lagowski on

Overhead lifting operations are a necessary activity in workplaces around the globe. The ability to lift and move material safely is critical to the success of many businesses. Failure to follow safe lifting practices can lead to serious personal injury and cause damage to equipment and facilities. While there are many aspects to safe lifting …

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How to Safely Splice and Dead-End Wires in Utility Applications

Posted by Christie Lagowski on

Whether dead-ending or splicing lines, safety is of utmost importance. To ensure you are using products correctly while performing these activities, we suggest following the procedures below: Dead-Ending Wire To begin, arrange your ratchet lever hoist and wire grip as shown in Figure 1. Use shackle connections where necessary. 

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