Harsh & Hazardous Environments

Reliable, high-quality material handling products built to perform in even the harshest environments.


Keeping people and equipment safe in harsh and hazardous environments is not only important, it's critical to the operations of many companies and industries. Whether inside a chemical plant, petrochemical operation or steel-making facility, hazardous environments are present. Specially designed products are required to get the job done safely and keep you in compliance with hazardous environment laws, regulations and standards. We can help.

With expertise in the unique needs of these environments and extensive knowledge of ATEX regulations and IECEx standards, Columbus McKinnon offers an extensive portfolio of products engineered for the harshest environments. Our offering includes explosion-proof chain and wire rope hoists; spark and corrosion resistant hoist components; and remote controls designed for hazardous and potentially explosive locations.

Hazardous Environment Expertise You Can Rely On

The STAHL CraneSystems brand is known worldwide for its comprehensive portfolio of explosion-proof lifting, drive and control technology. We also provide an extensive range of services, ranging from consulting and engineering to country-specific management of approval and certification procedures, for explosion-proof and hazardous environment applications.

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From low headroom manual hoists for military applications to spark-resistant hoist/trolley combinations for use on offshore oil platforms, Chester Hoist specializes in engineered products for special requirements such as those for use in hazardous areas, corrosive environments, clean rooms, and other demanding applications.

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The explosion-protected SH Ex wire rope hoist is a leader in lifting and crane technology all over the world. Precision engineered, this hoist is built for reliable operation, high efficiency, and long service life. Explosion-protected designs comply with NEC, ATEX, and IECEx regulations.

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Safely Using Cranes and Hoists in Hazardous Environments

Across a variety of industries, ranging from upstream oil and gas and refining to agriculture and wood working, potentially flammable atmospheres can exist. These hazardous areas can present a unique set of challenges for material handling equipment and can pose a serious threat to materials, equipment and, most importantly, personnel.


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