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Heavy equipment stabilisation: The fall of timber

  • Tony Brooks
  • May 2, 2017

When it comes to the stabilisation of heavy equipment, the use of timber blocks presents a worrying series of inefficiencies and safety risks. Put simply: timber is unpredictable, unsafe and unnecessary. Yet remarkably timber is still widely used as a propping product across the mining, agriculture, construction and engineering sectors. For various reasons, industry has so far failed to properly educate itself on this dangerous practice. So what exactly are the downsides to timber as an industrial blocking and cribbing tool?

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Timber is no support tool

  • Tony Brooks
  • April 24, 2017

As part of my role with Cribbing and Matting Co, I often get the opportunity to visit many industrial and mining companies all over Australia. While many of these successful companies are safety focused and have embraced the latest safety technologies, there is still a huge room for improvement. Instead of using fit-for-purpose jacking, cribbing and blocking tools for supporting heavy loads, I’m frustrated to see companies still putting their workers at risk by using inefficient and dangerous random pieces of timber. The fact is, timber is not a support tool.

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Why are dura crib and dura stat cribbing blocks better than timber dunnage when stabilising equipment?

  • Zuphel
  • September 21, 2015

Timber Cribbing block showing typical splitting and cracking. Is this safe to use? Unlike timber, all dura crib and dura stat cribbing blocks are and engineered fit for purposed cribbing, blocking and stabilisation tools. They are made using strict production and quality control processes with a known repeatable formula ensuring consistent end product performance and operation characteristics. Being engineered tools made from recycled high density polyethylene all dura crib and dura stat blocks are non-absorbent and will not split, splinter or rot like timber.

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The Slab cribbing block is fast becoming the support of heavy industry.

  • Zuphel
  • September 21, 2015

Since its launch almost 3 years ago the dura crib “The Slab” cribbing block is fast becoming the tool of choice of some of the world’s largest mining equipment manufacturers and operators. Tested under the guidance of AS 1170 and AS2498 benchmarks the working load limit The Slab at 60.8kg/cm2 and a maximum overall block load capacity of 110,000kg, so no load is too heavy for this block to support. Weighing in a 22.7kg with measurements of160mm x 300mm x 600mm make The Slab an excellent workshop and in the field blocking tool.

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