The Rise Of Counterbalanced Cranes: How They Are Changing Manual Handling

This article will explore the increasing use of counterbalanced cranes in the construction industry, highlighting their advantages and how they are transforming heavy lifting.

Manual handling is rapidly changing with the development of counterbalanced cranes. These specialised machines are used for a variety of applications ranging from lifting, transporting, and moving items.  According to, UNISON, “Every year, 300,000 people in the UK suffer from back pain due to manual handling accidents. Damage to the back, neck or spine can lead to the extreme pain, temporary incapacity or permanent injury”. Furthermore, it is estimated that 1 in 3 accidents at work is caused by manual handling. Many of these incidents cause damage to the back. Counterbalanced cranes are becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility, agility, ease of use, and enhanced safety features.

Where Are Counterbalanced Cranes Used?

Counterbalanced cranes are well-suited for a variety of material handling applications. Their unique design allows them to manoeuvre in tight spaces with ease. Due to their design, they can be mounted to the ceiling and are therefore much easier to transport and install than other types of overhead cranes. This makes them ideal for use in factories and warehouses where the workspace is tight. In addition, these machines are capable of lifting heavy objects and materials, making them well-suited for large-scale projects.

How Do Counterbalanced Cranes Work?

A counterbalanced crane consists of an upright main girder and an operating platform. The main girder provides vertical support for the load, which is attached to a hoist trolley. The trolley is attached to the main girder via a vertical rail system with counterweights. The counterweights are designed to keep the trolley balanced at all times, even when loaded with a heavy object. Helping to balance the load so that it can be moved from point A to point B easily, all while reducing the amount of strain and stress on the operator’s back.

The stability and reliability of counterbalanced cranes have been proven time and time again. In fact, they can even be used on uneven ground, something that would be impossible with a regular manual crane. This means that they can be used in more locations, offering more flexibility and convenience when it comes to getting the job done.

Features Of Counterbalanced Cranes

The counterweights are usually adjustable, allowing the user to customise the weight according to the load they are lifting, ensuring a safe and efficient operation. Additionally, the counterweights can be used to adjust the height of the crane, giving the user more flexibility and control over the lifting operation. Popular in industries that require the transport of large or bulky items, such as automotive or aerospace components. With a counterbalanced crane, the user can easily and safely lift and transfer heavy items from one area to another, enabling a smoother, more efficient workflow.

Counterbalanced cranes are also renowned for their enhanced safety features. These machines feature an automated fail-safe system that can stop the crane from operating if it detects a potential hazard. This allows operators to work with confidence, knowing full well that they are protected from potential accidents or mishaps.

Finally, counterbalanced cranes are known for their ease of use. These machines utilise intuitive controls that make it easy for operators to quickly understand and operate the equipment. This makes them an ideal choice for less experienced operators, as they can quickly learn the necessary skills to operate the machine safely and effectively.

Lift Safe Counterbalanced Cranes

All of these factors add up to make counterbalanced cranes an extremely efficient and cost-effective solution when it comes to moving heavy loads. They provide a much safer and easier way to complete the same job, saving time and money in the long run. Plus, with their low-maintenance design, you can be sure that they will remain reliable and stable for years to come.

The introduction of counterbalanced cranes has ushered in a new era of manual labour. These machines are providing a safe and effective solution to the heavy lifting and back-breaking labour that so many were accustomed to. By providing a more efficient, cost-effective, and reliable solution, these cranes are revolutionising the way we tackle heavy lifting tasks.

Lift Safe offers a wide range of counterbalance cranes with a range of standard and bespoke attachments to suit your lifting applications. All our counterbalance floor cranes are offered in various finishes, including IP rated and ATEX compliant. Contact Lift Safe today to find out more.

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