Improving Productivity and Workplace Safety: Ergonomic Jib Cranes Part 1

Susan Griepsma
| May 25, 2022

As a safety manager or plant operator, your two top priorities are most likely: increasing productivity and promoting workplace safety. A jib crane can help you quickly execute loading and unloading tasks within a short time.

A jib crane is an overhead lifting device consisting of a boom with a moveable trolley hoist used to lift heavy objects. Although jib cranes are smaller in size, they can hold tons of weight and make accomplishing projects easier.

Jib cranes are an essential part of any workplace where heavy loads must be moved efficiently while ensuring the workers' safety. Read on to learn about the different types of jib cranes, how they increase productivity and promote workplace safety.

What Are Some Types of Jib Cranes?

Jib cranes come in different configurations to support a variety of applications. Gorbel® offers a comprehensive line of jib cranes to fit the needs of your space, your load, and your budget.

1.  Articulating Jib Cranes

This type has two swivel arms to lift cargo around corners and columns and reach under machinery or into containers. The primary boom arm can swivel 200 degrees, and the outer arm can rotate 360 degrees. They can accommodate spans up to 16 'and have capacities up to 1 ton.

2.  Free-standing Jib Cranes

Free-standing jib cranes are used in heavy-duty, high-productivity applications. They can handle up to 5 tons, and their span ranges from 8 to 20 '. They are manually operated, able to rotate 360°, and require a 6" reinforced concrete foundation for secure mounting.

3.  Wall Bracket and Wall Cantilever Jib Cranes

A wall-mounted jib crane is mounted horizontally on the wall using an RCC column bracket instead of a vertical shaft. It can rotate a maximum of 200°, a span of 8-30' and can accommodate capacities of up to 5 tons.

4.  Foundationless Jib Cranes

Several of our crane designs can be provided as foundationless jibs. A foundationless jib crane is a free-standing type that is slab-mounted and bolted to 6" reinforced concrete for indoor use. This type can be installed faster because you don't have to wait for a poured concrete foundation to be repaired. They have a 9-16' span, 360° rotation, boom heights of up to 20' and can handle capacities of up to 1,000 lbs.

5.  Mast Type Jib Cranes

Mast-type jib cranes don't require a particular base and are a more cost-effective option for free-standing systems. Additionally, this type only needs 6" of reinforced concrete to support it.

Mast-type jib cranes typically have 10-40' spans, capacities of up to 10 tons, 360° rotation, and boom heights of up to 40'.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series, where we’ll dive deeper into how ergonomic jib cranes improve safety and productivity.

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