Collision avoidance systems for cranes are essential for keeping workers safe. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) reported 297 crane-related deaths between 2011 and 2017, 157 of which involved the worker being struck by an object or equipment.
Crane collision avoidance sensors can ensure that cranes do not come into contact with personnel or other machinery. Utilizing electromagnetics, RFID, GPS or bi-directional radar (or in the case of PBE’s system, all four), facilities can configure these tracking methods to recognize different groups, such as vehicle types, personnel, or obstacles. Both overhead crane collision avoidance systems and tower crane anti-collision warning systems are not a “one size fits all” solution, so Carroll Technologies works with its customers to customize a warning system that is ideally suited for the application, from mines and tunnels to construction facilities of all sizes.
According to Carroll Technologies president Allen Haywood: “Systems can be customized for a lot of different types of operations and programmed to set the parameters that they need. We can also incorporate remote opening gates and doors, as well as recordings of travel so that they can look back through history via mobile or desktop software. It can record everything that has been travelling, what speeds have been travelling at, and any near misses.”
The Importance of Crane Collision Avoidance Systems
The U. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that 22% of fatal injuries occur when the worker was operating a crane, and 23% occur when the worker is engaged in construction, assembling, and dismantling activities. With a crane proximity warning device, workers will be alerted to the risk of collision, and any near misses can be assessed to ensure that risk is mitigated in the future. Holistic services are increasingly popular, with companies such as Carroll offering tracking and communication services using the same technological base, which could significantly reduce the likelihood of collisions.
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