Apr 04, 2011

Rising Above

A contractor in northeast Pennsylvania was faced with a problem: The need arose to safely move some very large and bulky granite steps without damaging them. Many contractors in this situation more than likely would gather the chains, hooks and slings and hope for the best. Through its own research and familiarity with vacuum-lifting, this Berlin, N.J.-based contractor contacted Vacuworx Intl. , Tulsa, Okla., a manufacturer of field-use vacuum-lifting systems.

The lifting system purchased, the MC3, allowed the contractor to move the
7,500-lb granite steps safely and without the risk of damage. Workers linked the lifting system to a crane and removed the granite steps such that they could be put back into place after the construction/renovation project was completed. The project took place at the Luzerne County Courthouse, established in 1786, in Wilkes Barre, Pa. The courthouse had been through many renovations, rebuilds and upgrades over the centuries.

System Features

The system’s closed-frequency wireless remote control enabled users to manipulate the material from the safety of the host machine, or in this case out of harm’s way in the spotter position. The employees no longer needed to be in places they should not be (e.g., trenches or on truckloads of pipe).

The Vacuworx system can be used in a wide variety of applications, such as pipe, plate steel or concrete. It also works well with most coatings applied to those materials without sacrificing the integrity of the coating. The system can be mounted to most equipment commonly seen on a construction site, including excavators, cranes, backhoes and forklifts.

Shawn Lowman is director of sales and marketing for Vacuworx Intl. Lowman can be reached at [email protected] or 918.591.3008.