HYDRO is now an official Columbus McKinnon service partner

When it comes to lifting gear, the chain hoist is one of the most sensitive components, as can be evidenced in the bootstrap systems used to change aircraft engines. In fact, a chain hoist that does not receive regular maintenance, is faulty, or is obsolete can quickly become a source of danger. And this not only for operators, but also for the load being lifted, which in the case of a Trent 900 engine on an Airbus A380 amounts to just about 15 million euros.


The applicable regulations for hoisting gear – and the BGV D8 accident prevention regulation in particular – require a mandatory annual inspection for winches, lifting equipment, and hoists. Moreover, this inspection needs to be carried out by a qualified person who is able to properly evaluate whether this equipment is in a condition that is safe for work.


In October 2018, all HYDRO service centers worldwide became official Columbus McKinnon (formerly Yale) partners. In other words, we are qualified and certified worldwide for the safety of Yale chain hoists. This also extends to having all popular spare parts in stock so that customers are able to benefit from maximum availability and minimize failures when it comes to their Yale chain hoists.


Picture: Worldwide service center representatives attending a training session for Yale chain hoists

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