HoistCam - Proven Reduction in Accidents and Efficiency for Port Cranes

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GM Engineering announces HoistCam

GM Engineering Services (GMES) has develop a rapidly deployable wireless high visibility surveillance solution named HoistCamTM (http://www.hoistcam.com) to aid in preventing accidents and saving lives on job sites where hoists and cranes are in use.

The New York Daily News revealed just last month (January 19, 2013) job sites with cranes are plagued with safety problems.

“Two months before a fatal accident, there were two other accidents including one in which a worker was hit in the head by a load of plywood being lifted by the crane”

“Wakefield found the crane operator couldn’t see what he was doing, even with a signalman,     and that both victim and signalman “did not have proper training per OSHA.”

Christopher Machut, GMES Chief Technology stated, “HoistCam places the eyes of the crane operator anywhere in and around the construction grounds or marine port. This provides them with line-of-sight thus ensuring a safer work environment as well as higher efficiency by the crane operator. In effect, by solving an OSHA safety concern, crane operators can now become more productive and more confident in their work.”

Unlike traditional camera systems that are permanently affixed to a crane, HoistCam is completely wireless with the only permanently mounted components on the platform being the receiver's antenna along with the crane operator’s display. HoistCam also effectively eliminates the distractions and complexity of more costly camera systems by removing the joystick from the operator's cab.

CTO Machut continued, “While researching current technologies of our competitors, we found that the operator was distracted when they had to take their hands off the crane's controls to constantly adjust the camera. Now, with the ability to strategically position HoistCam as required by the lift or task at hand, riggers and crane operators decide where to locate HoistCam on the crane or the construction site – not the manufacturer.”

Mounted with powerful magnets and secured with a safety lanyard, HoistCam can be installed in a matter of seconds. HoistCam is designed to withstand the harshest environments, will operate 24/7, day or night, and can be installed anywhere from the crane boom to the hook block. Customers have also used Hoistcam as temporary surveillance platform in industrial facilities as well at marine port security.

For more information, please contact GM Engineering Services, LLC. GMES specializes in the designs and manufacturer of situational awareness platforms for worldwide commercial and government customers.

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