Products, Safety

Fire suppression for a range of cranes

A crane going out of commission can bring any construction site to a grinding halt, not to mention the downtime causing headaches, damage to an asset can cost thousands to repair

When most people consider crane accidents, they picture an overturned crane or a crane that has come into contact with power lines, whilst these incidents do occur, often an equally or even worse and destructive risk associated with cranes is fire and it is rarely considered.

With so much riding on a single piece of equipment, it is foolish not to protect it.

Thankfully, crane fires are not that common, but when they do happen, they often make international news. A quick internet search for ‘fires involving cranes’ brings up a multitude of incidents with some of them having tragic outcomes. Here in Australia, everyone old enough to remember probably recalls the crane fire in Sydney that collapsed onto the construction site where miraculously, no one was injured.

While cranes and lifting equipment are usually well built, they are nevertheless good candidates for a fire. As many cranes are diesel-powered, the heat and fuel of the diesel engine can be a competent source of ignition. In addition, there are hydraulic systems and complex electrical systems with all having the capability to ignite a fire. Even electrically operated cranes face a substantial fire risk from electrical faults, overheated motors, and/or battery storage systems.

Next, consider a crane fire that results in the total loss of the machine—a huge financial hit. However, that may not be the biggest expense. The cost and penalties from downtime, lost productivity, and failing to meet construction deadlines may actually add up to even more than the price of a new crane.

There can be no question that the efficiency and profitability at a job site is dependent upon having functional lifting equipment. When you consider that in combination with the actual financial investment involved, cranes and lifting equipment should be among the most-protected assets on the job site. Sadly, this often is not the case.

With Stat-X® condensed aerosol fire suppression systems, there is no reason not to fully protect your cranes and lifting equipment. The Stat-X units can be easily installed in engine compartments, electrical cabinets, and hydraulic enclosures. Depending on the application, they can be tied to a fire detection system, or the agent dispensing unit itself can be designed to discharge at a set temperature.

The Stat-X condensed aerosol agent quickly and effectively suppresses fire in its early stages, thereby minimizing damage to the equipment and shortening downtime. The agent itself is non-damaging to sensitive equipment and requires minimal clean up after being discharged.

Stat-X units are built to withstand the rigours of the construction environment and, unlike other types of fire suppression systems, can easily and quickly be retrofitted to your existing equipment. Yet another Stat-X benefit over traditional fire suppression systems is the minimal testing and maintenance requirements. Compared to other systems, your Stat-X system is essentially maintenance-free.

You have every reason to protect your most valuable assets on the construction site. With Stat-X, your cranes and lifting equipment can be protected from the devastating consequences of a fire that disables or destroys your primary lifting device. And extending that protection to your personnel working on or around the equipment — priceless.

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