Maintenance

SpitzLift Upgrades Lightweight Portable Crane

April 03, 2014 - Press Release

Image courtesy of Spitzlift
Image courtesy of Spitzlift

At the request of customer pilot programs, SpitzLift announced that it has made upgrades to its lightweight, portable aluminum crane. SpitzLift is now offering a shut-off mechanism that can be set to the exact weight being lifted. This load limiter switch increases user safety and ensures that the maximum load capacity is not reached. SpitzLift features an ergonomic design upgrade that will help prevent over-shoulder lifting for field workers.

The SpitzLift portable lightweight aluminum crane, which is made in America, offers a safe, efficient solution to heavy lifting. Weighing only 30lbs, the SpitzLift is easy to install and prevents injuries sustained from heavy lifting. “Providing a safe work environment has been the primary focus of Spitzlift's product development and engineering team for the last decade,” said founder and chief executive officer Michael Spitsbergen. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's statistics, strain-related injuries are the primary cause of missed work and workmen's compensation claims.  

Prioritizing safety is a concern shared by the largest fleets. A survey by GE Capital Fleet Services states that the biggest concern for fleet managers is ensuring the safety of their drivers. With safety in mind, fleet managers are turning to tools like SpitzLift to safeguard against workplace injuries caused by heavy lifting. SpitzLift is Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliant and equips workers to lift up to 900lbs safely. Otis Elevator’s North America Fleet Manager Phil Schreiber said "We know every time we use Spitzlift it replaces muscle, which means you have less chance of injury.”

With several fleet management customers deciding to go lightweight, SpitzLift has become a tool for minimizing fuel costs. SpitzLift allows the end user to use a lighter duty vehicle because it does not affect payload, therefore saving fuel.  The SpitzLift crane is green and payload friendly; the tool can be used on vehicles for or on work benches, ground surfaces, rooftops, decks and more. The portable crane is made of aluminum, which is recyclable and does not rust or decay with time. 

As the company’s customer base has grown, the variety of applications for SpitzLift has widened, but the company’s customer focus has and will continue to be service vehicles. Most recently, SpitzLift learned that fire departments are using its cranes on heavy-duty fire rescue squads to help move heavy equipment and reduce the chances of personnel being injured while offloading the equipment.

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