Materials getting damaged when offloading? Using one of these tools will prevent that.

Damaged Materials


When offloading a bundle of panels, builders will often use only one or two pick points from a crane or only the forks on a lift. Due to the length of the panels, their sheer weight will cause them to fold, buckle, or break. You can prevent that from happening by using a spreader beam of two-thirds the panel length with slings spread out at three or more points, or adequate support under the panels when offloading.

Here’s how it works.

When Star loads the panels on the trailers, we use an overhead crane with a spreader beam to keep the panels weight evenly distributed. During unloading, our loading technique can be closely replicated by using a spreader beam with slings or support to balance the weight of the panels and prevent damage.

There’s my quick fix! Do you have questions? Comments? Want more details? Send me a comment below. And stay tuned for more quick fixes to keep your job on schedule, on budget, and on the move.

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Cary Barger

Cary Barger has been helping builders solve problems for the last 40 years by using his experience in the drafting, estimating, product development, and field service department at Star. He is also the past chairman of the construction committee at MBMA.

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