In Christopher Columbus’ day, sailors loaded sizable cargo onto their ships using simple blocks and tackle. This system used leverage to hoist heavy loads high into the air and onto the ship. Although the same basic physics apply today, technology has greatly advanced. Many modern cargo ships come equipped with full-size hydraulic cranes built into the deck. In essence, the same lever system developed in ancient Greece is still in use, but instead of a man using his own strength, we use the strength of a machine. As cranes get larger and loads get heavier, it is more important than ever to get safety training for your personnel. Crane Institute offers courses for Operators and Inspectors in: Mobile Cranes, Overhead Cranes, and Tower Cranes.
Have a safe and Happy Columbus Day!