SafetyLiftinGear are official partners of The Bloodhound Project. For those of you who are not aware, The Bloodhound Project, is based in Avonmouth, Bristol, and has been created by Richard Noble OBE, and current Land Speed Record holder Andy Green, not only attempt to break the current Land Speed Record, of 763.035mph set in 2007, but to inspire young people to get into science, engineering and mathematical fields.
The Bloodhound project has been on-going for 8 years and has involved over 350 companies and universities. And we, at SafetyLiftinGear are proud to say that we are amongst them supplying the Bloodhound project with various material handling products and lifting equipment to ensure that the Supersonic car has been built as safely as possible.
In London’s Canary wharf on the 23rd of September the Bloodhound SSC went on display showing just how this supersonic car has been built. Over 10,000 people queued to catch a glimpse of this piece of amazing engineering over the weekend.
The car will undergo 200 mph tests next year in Cornwall before attempting to break the land speed world record on 15 October 2016.
SafetyLiftinGear are proud to be a part of this truly amazing project.
The safe use of beam clamps is essential to prevent accidents and damage to your beam clamps and accessories when in use. When you are using a beam clamp, the following should be taken into account:
- Ensure that you conduct a thorough check of your beam clamp before use. Do not use faulty beam clamps, faulty beams, or faulty hoists.
- Make sure you attach any suspending attachment to your beam clamp from a safety hook. This will prevent accidental detachment. All of our hoists and chain blocks here at SafetyLiftinGear have a safety hook as standard.
- Ensure that the structure that you are suspending the beam clamp from, is assembled correctly, and has an adequate weight load for either an extra beam or a hoisted load. If in any doubt, do not try and set up the beam clamps, consult your supervisor or manager to confirm if it is suitable.
- Ensure that you have the right clamp for the job. All beam clamps have a different Working Load Limit (WLL) so if you are lifting a load that is 3.1 Tonnes you will need to purchase a 5 Tonne beam clamp. Localised Overloading is extremely dangerous, this could cause the beam clamp to break and cause accidents.
- Make sure the beam clamp that you are using is compatible with the hoist that you are using. By this we mean, making sure that the safety hook fits correctly into the eye of the beam clamp. Do not force safety hooks into the eye of your beam clamp as this could damage your beam clamp and accessories.
- Ensure that the beam is positioned over the centre of gravity of the hoisted load. And ensure that the load is not swinging or at an angle to the beam clamp. As this can cause serious injury and impose health and safety risks.
- If you ever need to use two clamps in tandem the use of a spreader beam may be necessary, you must ensure that the beam clamps are not suspending more than their WLL.
- When dismantling the structure be sure to check over your beam clamps for any damage and make sure you are handling and storing them correctly. Make sure you don’t throw or drop your beam clamps as this could damage them and render them unusable.
- Never replace the bolts on a beam clamp without consulting the supplier, this could lead to the wrong screw being fitted that could potentially cause an accident or damage your beam clamp.
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As we have mentioned time and time again, working at height is very dangerous, and failing to follow the proper guidelines and safety precautions can and will get people hurt.
If you do not take the necessary precautions when working at height, the Health & Safety Executive may visit your site to ensure that you are following the law. This is what happened to a scaffolding company in London recently; a passer-by was so concerned about the working conditions of the company’s employees and the safety of the public that she raised her concern with the HSE.
The HSE visited the site and found that the scaffolding was poorly erected and there was a lack of safety precautions put in place to prevent objects from falling to the street below. The HSE served a notice to stop all work on this unsafe construction until it was deemed safe. It is stated in the Work at Height Regulations 2005 that "every employer shall take suitable and sufficient measures to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, any person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury." (6.3)
Time and time again, we see that employers and even employees are not taking the correct safety precautions to protect themselves from harm. Over 60% of deaths during work at height involve falls, but by wearing a harness
and using anchors
and fall arrest blocks
, these accidents are easily prevented and people’s lives are saved.
Another important point made above is the safety of the general public when you are working at height. The Work at Height Regulations also states "every employer shall, where necessary to prevent injury to any person and to take suitable and sufficient steps to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, the fall of any material or object." (10. 1)
When working on scaffolding, it is important to have nets around the scaffolding to catch any objects that fall from it. You can also protect people by simply attaching your tools to a lanyard. This simple precaution can help save lives (and your tools!)
Thankfully, the malpractices of the London scaffolding company did not end up causing any serious injuries or any harm to passers-by. However, the company’s owner did get receive a fine and a suspended prison sentence.
Visit SafetyLiftinGear’s Height Safety
department and make sure you have all the safety equipment you need.
We offer a wide range of sack trucks
here at SafetyLiftinGear, but knowing which sack truck you need for the job can be difficult. We have many different types of sack trucks, each one made to handle different weights and with different features; today, we're here to help you choose the right one for your requirements.
Sack Trucks with Solid Tyres (from £21.95)
One of our most popular products is our 150kg sack truck with solid tyres. Solid tyres are a popular choice as these types of tyres are puncture proof. Also featuring standard handle for easy load support and a fixed toe, this heavy duty truck is ideal for transporting small, heavy loads.
Sack Truck with Pneumatic Tyres (from £29.16)
This sack truck is another one of our top sellers, and for good reason, This sack truck has rubber strips on the sides of the truck to protect the goods that you are transporting, and features a P-handle so you can pull the truck along with one hand, allowing you to keep one hand spare so you can open doors or provide extra support for your goods.
Aluminium Sack Trucks (from £44.98)
This heavy duty truck can transport loads of up to 300kg and has pneumatic tyres so it performs great on rough terrain.
Our aluminium sack truck is not only lightweight, it also features puncture-proof tyres and a dual handle. This means that the truck has handles on both sides, so you can support the goods that you are transporting along with a looped handle on the top allowing you to pull the truck along with one hand, making this the ideal sack truck for delivery drivers and couriers.
Stair Climbing Sack Trucks (from £48.95)
Finally, we also have a range of stair climbing sack trucks. These sack trucks have unique, triangular triple wheels, which are designed especially for when the truck wheels hit a large curb or stairs. The wheels will easily move up the step, turning a two-man job into an easy one-person job.
The large handle is designed to provide a firm grip when climbing or descending stairs, steps, and large curbs. As well as having a maximum load limit of 200kg, this stair climber also features a large folding toe, meaning that it's perfect for transporting large items. These sack trucks are ideal for couriers, delivery drivers and furniture removal specialists.
You can view our full range of sack trucks here. If you are having any difficulty with deciding which sack truck is best for your business, don't hesitate to contact our friendly team.