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Personal Safety When Using a Kenco Lifter

Kenco lifters are extremely safe to use. Their development and use allows laborers to let the lifter do all the work without manual manipulation. However, with any attachment or tool there are particular safety details to consider. The following are a few equipment handling safety tips that are suitable for all Kenco lifters.

  1. Wear appropriate protective clothing and related safety equipment including glasses, hardhat, gloves, protective shoes, hearing protection, and any other equipment/devices dictated by job conditions.
  2. Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry, or hairstyles that could become entangled in the Kenco lifter. Note – pinch points are marked on your lifter.
  3. Keep hands, feet, and any other appendages clear of the Kenco lifter while in operation.
  4. Maintain a safe distance from the load. NEVER allow a Kenco lifter to pass over any part of a person.

All details on machine handling safety and proper usage of your Kenco lifter can be found in your manual which accompanies every lifter. If you cannot locate this manual, a copy can be downloaded at https://kenco.com/product-manuals/. When in doubt you can also call Kenco and speak with our team of knowledgeable experts at 800-653-6069.

Rigging for Kenco Lifters

In order to assure the best possible experience when using a Kenco lifting attachment, read all instructional rigging guides and adhere to the recommendations provided by the Kenco team. A quick review of these rigging methods for lifting is listed below.

Safety Protocol

  1. Wear appropriate protective clothing and safety related equipment such as glasses, hardhat, protective shoes
  2. Do not wear loose clothing, jewelry or hairstyles that could become entangled
  3. Keep hands and feet clear of the Kenco lifter when operation.
  4. Never stand or move under the lifter, with or without a load.
  5. Do not use the lifter for any other use than intended.
  6. Follow all inspection and maintenance criteria as laid out in the manual.

Connecting the Lifter

  1. It is highly recommended to use the approved Kenco Rigmax for connecting the lifter.
  2. Never direct connect the lifter to the machine/bucket lift eye.
  3. All rigging components must have a WLL that is equal to or greater than the combined weight of the intended load plus the lifter’s weight.

General Operation

  1. Never exceed the rated capacity of the lifter. Use as intended.
  2. Avoid jarring, swinging or otherwise unnecessary manipulation of the load.
  3. Avoid handling loads off center.
  4. Never use the lifter to pick multiples of items unless specifically intended and rated for that use.
  5. Do not drag loads.
  6. Do not allow load to contact any surface/object while being handled.


It is important to understand every tool or machine and its operation well before putting it to use. There are hundreds of videos on our YouTube page as well as instructional guides and materials available to the public on our website – Kenco.com. If there is a question regarding proper operation, our team of specialists are always happy to help assist.



Setting Barrier Wall along the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Barrier wall is a common sight along the interstate highways, and the job of temporary placement to reroute traffic is a daily routine. In the spring of 2013, Strongstown B & K Enterprises was tasked with placing over 65,000 feet of barrier wall along the Pennsylvania Turnpike to separate the normal traffic flow around a scheduled resurfacing project.

A Hyundai 107 excavator was operated by Larry Prain to lift and position the 12 foot wall sections. Owen Covey assisted with guiding and interlocking the highway barrier walls into place. A Kenco KL30000NG Barrier Lift was used to handle the concrete. With this lifting attachment, each three ton wall could be grabbed right from the bed of the truck, set into position and then released automatically. It only took about 30 seconds for these two workers to complete the cycle. Each truck carried nine barrier walls which were being unloaded and set into place in less than 10 minutes. Prain said, ‘It makes it easy to set barrier.’ Covey went on to say, ‘The larger pads (on the NG series) really grab onto the wall. It saves us a lot of work and lets us get the job done much faster.’

Even at 30 seconds per cycle, that still calculated to more than 40 hours of work. The task required them to position over 5,400 twelve foot wall sections along eight miles of highway between the Blue Mountain and Carlisle exits.