Lifting large objects can be dangerous business, and it's critically important to carry out the right safety measures in order to minimise the risk of an accident. Failure to adhere to the lifting safety regulations can lead to serious injuries (or worse), and the responsible parties may face prosecution, hefty fines, and even imprisonment.
To see just what can happen when lifting safety guidelines are ignored, you need look no further than the example of Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd, a Merseyside firm that was hit with a £30,000 fine this week after pleading guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
On the 30th of June, 2014, two workers were moving a structure using a forklift truck. Their goal was to lift the structure from its trestles and manoeuvre it away, but as the structure was being raised up, it twisted around and swung into the cabin of the forklift truck, striking its driver.
That forklift driver, a 46-year-old man from West Lancashire, came away from this incident with serious flesh wounds and a broken arm. This week, his employer (Knowsley Engineering Services Ltd) plead guilty to workplace safety violations at Liverpool Crown Court, resulting in a £30,000 fine (plus costs of £7,670).
How could this have been prevented?
Speaking after the court hearing, a representative from the Health & Safety Executive issued the following statement:
"Had the company taken basic steps, such as providing suitable training so that those undertaking the lift were in a more informed position to assess and then adequately manage the risks, this incident would have been avoided."
With that in mind, here's a breakdown of how this unfortunate incident and the subsequent court hearing could have been prevented:
- Employee training. Workers who are required to undertake tasks such as this one should be fully trained to identify risks and take any necessary safety precautions in order to ensure the safe completion of the job at hand.
- Risk assessment. Trained workers should know how to carry out a full risk assessment ahead of commencing a lifting/handling job. In an ideal version of this scenario, someone would have completed a risk assessment and spotted the possibility that the structure might twist towards the forklift.
- Use of the correct equipment and safety measures. Preventing accidents means taking the right precautions and select the right tools/equipment for the job. In this case, it seems likely that a forklift was entirely the wrong solution for the task at hand, and a different piece of lifting equipment should have been utilised instead.
We told you we were constantly expanding our catalogue! Scarcely a day after we introduced you to our superb new multi-directional screw clamps
, a whole raft of new
new products have arrived here at SafetyLiftinGear HQ. This particular set of items should appeal to customers seeking an efficient materials handling solution - here's a quick rundown of what's new on our website today:
Heavy-Duty Steel Platform Truck
This sturdy, easy-to-manoeuvre platform truck comes in three different sizes (see options above) and is ideal for all sorts of different working environments, including warehouses, shops, labs, workshops and garages. Each truck has a maximum weight capacity of 1850kg, making it easy to shift heavy items with minimal effort. There are also heavy-duty mobile lift platform trucks on our sister site if you'd like to see a further selection; just click here
Folding Plastic Platform Truck
This lightweight plastic truck folds away for easy storage and transportation. It can carry loads of up to 150kg, and the telescopic handle can be adjusted to the height of your choosing.
Steel Nesting Platform Trucks
These trucks have a sleek 'nesting' design, making it easy to store several of them in a relatively small space. The trucks are made of powder-coated steel that's resistant to rust and scratching; each one can cope with loads weighing up to 700kg.
Manual Platform Stacker
With a maximum capacity of 400kg and a maximum lift height of 650mm, this manual stacker is perfect for transporting loads that are too large to carry yourself. The lift function is operated by a foot pump, and the polyurethane wheels give great manoeuvrability.
Finally, these new moving skates make moving heavy loads a speedy and practically effortless task. Simply lift your load using a jack or roller crowbar and position the skates underneath.
We're always scouring the market for the very best lifting equipment available, and as a result, our product range is constantly expanding. The latest exciting addition to the SafetyLiftinGear range: multi-directional screw clamps
, made in Japan by Elephant Lifitng.
These remarkable products boast the title of 'Lightest Clamps in the World', but don't be fooled - just because they're incredibly lightweight doesn't mean they're not also exceptionally strong! The clamps are made of a special steel alloy, and Elephant's manufacturing process utilises a unique heat treatment technology that endows the clamps with a very tough finish.
More details about these impressive new products can be found below.
Premium Screw Clamps: At a Glance
- Multi-directional functionality allows the clamps to lift in both the horizontal and the vertical positions
- Circular double cam lock method allows you to lift, drag, and suspend heavy loads
- Two attachment points (one for vertical suspension, one for horizontal)
- Loads can be hoisted at angles of up to 10 degrees without slippage
- Extremely resistant to vibration
- Hexagonal screw heads are compatible with ratchet wrenches
Our multi-directional screw clamps are available in three different weight load limits:
recently sponsored the Lloyds Bank Manufacturing team on a 40-mile charity walk. This sponsored walk aimed to raise money for BBC Children in Need, and we were pleased to hear that the Lloyds team managed to raise more than £13,000
for this very worthy cause.
A charity walk may not sound particularly challenging, but be assured that this was no ordinary stroll: 40 miles is a very long way, and the Lloyds Manufacturing team took two days to complete it. That's two days of uneven terrain, sore legs, and painful blisters!
With this in mind, we'd very much like to congratulate the team for completing their walk and for raising so much money for BBC Children in Need. Well done everybody!
When performing work tasks or rescue operations in confined spaces, operations can be complicated by narrow exit and entry ways, making safe retrieval more difficult. Confined Spaces Regulations 1997, state that you must have sufficient precautions in place to protect your workers when performing operations in limited access areas, which makes confined space equipment an essential element for working safely and legally.
Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we provide a wide range of confined space equipment, which covers all aspects of safe rescue and retrieval operations. Here are just some of the products we provide:
We have a great selection of rescue tripods as part of our confined space range, all of which are adjustable, secure, and easy to transport. As well single tripod systems, we also provide a choice of integrated tripods, such as tripod and winch combinations. For those who require a more versatile product, which covers an enhanced range of applications, we also provide multi-purpose tripod and gantry set-ups, which can be used for both confined space working and material lifting.
The use of a high-quality safety harness is a vital element of confined space rescue, and should provide both security and comfort. At SafetyLiftinGear, we stock a specially designed safety harness that is designed to compliment our range of confined space rescue equipment. It has a variety of anchor points for versatile attachment, and also comes in a choice of sizes for an accurate fit.
For those who require a complete confined space rescue system, we provide a choice of confined space kits, which contain a variety of items from our full range. These kits contain rescue and recovery devices which cover all aspects of confined space safety, allowing you to act efficiently in the event of an emergency. As well as larger items such as our tripod and winch systems, these kits also contain personal safety equipment, such as breathing apparatus gas detectors.
To see our full range of confined space equipment, click here. If you have any questions regarding our items, or if you are unsure as to what kind of set up would suit your operations, please feel free to get in touch.