16 Sep 2019
In the coming weeks, IADC will publish fourteen nominations in the running to receive the Safety Award 2019 on its website and social media. The winner will be announced on 17 October 2019.
IADC is proud to announce that the ninth nomination is:
Manual lifting is a thing of the past with IHC’s hydraulic release shackles
IHC Handling Systems has developed an easy-to-use hydraulic release shackle device for lifting modules, templates, jackets and other objects, which is safer and more efficient than traditional manual handling of shackles.
A traditional shackle is a hinged metal loop secured with a quick-release locking pin that is used for lifting. The lifting operation is usually executed manually, often with multiple people working together to lift. It is a job that can be a safety hazard and which, because of the physical input from workers, increases occupational health risks significantly by increasing the chance of injuring hands and feet and putting extra burdens on backs and spines.
IHC’s hydraulic release shackle device reduces these health risks to workers. By adding this hydraulic tool to a shackle it makes lifting objects in the range of 25-1,500t shackles easier and safer to handle and operate a shackle. The device is designed to be lifted above or beneath water and it is available in two versions – as a standard type, with maximum depth to 500 metres and as a deep-water type, with a maximum to 3,000 metres. Several different backup systems are possible (hot stab receptacle, double cylinders, accumulators and separate hydraulic circuits) as well as lifting pad eyes. The success of the device has led to the suggestion to make it available for a broader range of shackle weights. It is already available in the offshore industries for even bigger shackles. The device is able to work in salt laden and corrosive wind driven dust and heavy rain. And IHC is able to modify the hydraulic shackle device for a wide number of shackle brands.