Cribbing and Matting Co has introduced a new generation of recycled plastic cribbing systems that meet compliance requirements when stabilising heavy loads.

To be available throughout the Asia-Pacific, the new Dura Crib blocking and cribbing products from the Cribbing and Matting Co are lightweight, splinter-free, non-absorbent and environmentally sustainable. The Dura Crib range has been engineered for maximum durability and tested under the guidance of AS1170 to ensure optimum safety and risk management when stabilising heavy loads.

Observing that the compliance is a first for high-performance plastic cribbing products, Cribbing and Matting Co Managing Director Mr Tony Brooks explains that the Dura Crib range, unlike other cribbing or blocking products, has a published Working Load Limit, enabling users to safely and confidently do their jobs without worrying about the safety or capacity of their blocking system.

By setting a new benchmark of quality, high performance and consistency of supply, Dura Crib blocking and cribbing products are able to provide the safety assurance and risk management sought by industries dealing with heavy loads, such as mining and energy, oil and gas, construction and building, rescue and recovery, food processing, manufacturing and materials handling, industrial maintenance and safety, road and rail transport, ports and shipping, and water, wastewater and infrastructure.

The Dura Crib range offers blocks suitable for supporting weights of up to 110,000kg in a choice of high visibility yellow or ultra-strength black. The high-visibility safety yellow block has a Working Load Limit of 36kg/cm² at 25°C; and the ultra-strength optimum performance black has a Working Load Limit of 60kg/cm² at 25°C. Both blocks come with a 50-year warranty against splitting, rotting, absorption, termites and mould.

The lightweight, splinter-free, high performance Dura Crib range was developed to replace older and weaker wooden cribbing systems that not only faced constant cracking but also came with varying and unpredictable load-bearing capabilities.

According to Mr Brooks, many industries throughout Australasia and South-East Asia have reduced their use of wooden cribbing. Wood is difficult to authenticate for Working Load Limit, and wooden cribbing requires ongoing replacement involving extensive handling, consumption and disposal of a finite resource.

He adds that wooden cribbing systems not only cause wastage of scarce hardwoods, but also create disposal problems with tons of wooden cribbing that soak up oil, chemicals and hazardous waste products from worksites. Disposing them in landfill is not an option since the hazardous substances in the waste wood can find their way into the water tables of rural and urban communities.

Extensively proven under some of the world’s toughest safety regimes in the United States of America, Dura Crib is a complete system of integrated products that can be combined to provide comprehensive solutions for specific applications across a wide range of industries.

Key benefits of Dura Crib’s re-engineered plastic cribbing and blocking systems include Working Load Limit specified for safety during use; splinter-free product eliminating risk of injury; robust design with ultra-strength black range stronger than oak with high stability and repeatability; 100 per cent recycled plastic construction for optimum durability and environmental sustainability; resistance to gas, oil, chemicals and organic substances such as blood; laboratory tested, with consistent repeatable formulation and performance; and suitable for both active cribbing, where a person is working nearby, as well as passive cribbing, where cribbing is used to keep material off the ground to allow forklift operation.

A truly durable and sustainable system, Dura Crib provides an engineered and easily handled system to quickly stabilise heavy loads including machinery and vehicles ranging from cars to trucks, saving time and money for the company, and protecting their workers.