You might be surprised by the sheer variety of customers we cater to here at SafetyLiftinGear. Naturally, we take a lot of orders from the construction industry, but building sites are far from the only places where SLG products can be found!
Our heavy-duty garden carts are an excellent example of this. They are designed to carry heavy loads over uneven terrain, and while they obviously have their uses on construction sites (e.g. moving bricks, tools, and other equipment from A to B), these uses are just the tip of the iceberg. Here are three other places where our garden carts do their share of heavy lifting:
- Gardens and garden centres. As the name suggests, our garden carts are perfectly suited to garden work. Our dump cart is particularly handy for moving garden waste and compost around.
- Farms. We frequently supply garden carts to the agricultural sector - the long-handled design of our utility carts makes them far easier for farmers to use than traditional wheelbarrows (largely because you don't have to lift up our carts to move them around!)
- Music festivals. Our garden carts start to look a lot more trendy when you realise that they've been used to help some of the UK's biggest musical festivals to run smoothly! A lot of work goes on behind the scenes of your favourite festival, and SLG's LoadSurfer carts make it that much easier to move everything around.
Click here to see more of SafetyLiftinGear's garden carts.
There are numerous different ways to lift a heavy load, but chain slings tend to be the weapon of choice in high-temperature environments and other challenging conditions. Our lifting chains are extremely heavy-duty, and suitable for use in a variety of different environments, from construction sites to factories and warehouses.
There are lots of different products in SafetyLiftinGear's Chains & Rigging section - here's a quick guide to each of them:
- Chain Slings: These sturdy chains come with heavy-duty hooks for each attachment. Weight capacities for 1 leg slings range from 1.5 to 8 tonnes; however, we also sell...
- 2 Leg Chain Slings: These slings have two chains and two hooks. Our strongest 2 leg sling has a maximum weight capacity of just over 11 tonnes.
- 4 Leg Chain Slings: These premium chain slings have four hooks and are capable of lifting even heavier loads (max. capacities range from 3.15 tonnes to 17 tonnes).
- Wire Rope Slings: Made of galvanised wire rope, these cost-effective slings are a good choice for smaller loads (up to around 5,000kg).
We also sell a range of accessories to complement our lifting chains, including an assortment of hooks, eyebolts, plates, and more. Click here to see our full range, or call 0808 123 69 69 for further information.
Heavy lifting can be dangerous, frequently resulting in injuries and accidents when done improperly. Here, courtest of the experts at SafetyLiftinGear, are some tips to help you stay safe next time you're lifting heavy objects:
- Plan your actions. Don't jump head-first into lifting a heavy item - think about what you're doing first. What route are you planning to take? Would it be possible to push or slide the load instead of lifting it? Can you lift it alone without putting yourself in harm's way, or do you need to call for help?
- Bend your knees. When you bend down to pick up the object in question, make sure you bend at the knees instead of at the waist. This will put the weight on your legs, rather than putting your back at risk.
- Get a good grip. Before you rise to a standing position, ensure that you have a good hold on the load that will not slip as you move.
- Keep it close. Don't hold the load at arm's length; instead, hug it close to your body (especially as you rise from picking it up).
- Take it slowly. Never rush when lifting and moving a heavy load - that's how accidents happen!
- Don't twist your spine. Twisting your body while carrying a heavy item can do a lot of damage - ensure that you're facing in the same direction as your feet at all times.
- Put it down properly. Don't simply drop the load when you reach your destination - find a suitable space to deposit the item, then bend at the knee and place it down gently.
One final tip: know when you're beaten! Some loads are simply too heavy to be lifted by manpower alone, and in situations like these, you may need to use specialist lifting equipment (e.g. slings, hoists, chains) to get the job done. Don't try to show off by lifting something that could get you hurt!
First of all, let's clarify the difference between hydraulic jacks and other types of jack. You may well have a jack in the boot of your car, but this is probably a man-powered device, designed to lift your vehicle in the event of a breakdown or emergency.
Hydraulic jacks, on the other hand, tend to be found in more industrial environments, such as garages and workshops. These heavier-duty products, while still primarily used on cars and other vehicles, have a far wider range of uses than standard mechanical jacks - for example, hydraulic jacks are sometimes used to lift building foundations during construction projects.
But how do hydraulic jacks work?
Some of the hydraulic jacks that we sell here at SLG can lift loads of 30 tonnes or more - clearly, this kind of lifting power would be difficult to produce with sheer manpower!
So how do the jacks do it? There's a lot of complicated scientific theory behind hydraulics, but here's a simplified explanation:
- Inside the jack's hydraulic cylinder, powered pumps apply pressure to a reservoir of oil.
- Because liquids cannot be compressed, the oil is pushed through the cylinder and into a larger chamber.
- Thanks to Pascal's Law (we told you there was a lot of science behind this stuff!), the pressure in the wide chamber remains the same as it was in the narrow one. This pressure is what forces the jack - and, by extension, whatever you're using the jack to lift - upwards.
Does that make sense? This is an extreme simplification, of course, and different types of hydraulic jack (bottle jacks, cylinder jacks, etc.) work in slightly different ways. Still, this should give you a rough answer to your question!
Here at SafetyLiftinGear we take our lifting equipment very seriously. To promote proper health and safety practices when lifting heavy loads, we understand that your lifting equipment needs to be high-quality, sturdy, durable and professional too. Though we've got a comprehensive range of various lifting equipments, each of which has its own lifting capacity and specific desired use, it is our LiftinGear 2 Tonne Chainblock which seems to be the star of the show lately - quite literally too!
Our LiftinGear 2 Tonne Chainblock is a chain block capable of lifting a weight of up to 2 tonnes. It can lift to heights from 3 - 30 metres and is an extremely heavy-duty model of industrial quality. It recently featured on BBC two programme 'The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway', and was chosen for the durable and high-quality properties of this chain block to do the job efficiently.
LiftinGear 2 Tonne Chainblock, BBC Two, The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway
Here's some more information about our 2 tonne chainblock.
- It holds up to 2 tonnes of weight
- It can lift to heights of anywhere from 3 - 30 metres
- It's a heavy duty model of industrial quality
- It's lightweight and compact
- There are large opening swivel latch hooks with a heavy duty cast catch
- It has a high tensile quality load chain
- The hand chain is zinc plated
- There's captive bearings on the load wheel
- It has asbestos free brake discs
- There's 2 year warranty on this product
- It's also available to hire
If you want to purchase our LiftinGear 2 Tonne Chainblock it's currently on a limited offer with a special reduced price of £81.58 including VAT. Our instructional video below provides you with a little bit more information, including how to use it and how it works.
For more information on our LiftinGear 2 Tonne Chainblock or indeed any of our lifting equipment, simply give one of our experts a call on 0808 123 69 69 today.