Manual handling can be a dangerous profession if not done correctly, so it is important your lifting equipment is regularly inspected. But who can inspect lifting equipment?
Under the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), lifting equipment inspections should be carried out by competent persons. A competent person is someone who has the right experience and knowledge to thoroughly understand what they are looking for. They should be able to spot any signs of weakness or damage that could be a potential hazard. This could be a member of your team with relevant knowledge or could be someone from another organisation.
The person who carries our the lifting equipment inspection must then complete a written report. This report should detail everything about the inspection, such as:
- When the inspection was carried out
- What date the next inspection should take place
- Any defect that were found which could become a danger in the future
If any defects or damage are found during the inspection, they should be reported immediately so the person in charge can get these sorted as soon as possible.
What should be covered during a thorough examination?
Though this is typically at the jurisdiction of the person carrying out the inspection, there are a few things which should always be checked. Often, there is a criteria which can be followed and checked off by the competent person. This will include:
- Examination of the equipment/testing of the functionality
- Measuring the wear level
- Load testing
- If required, disassembly of equipment to thoroughly inspect
This inspection will test if the lifting equipment is safe to use and will not cause harm to those who need it.
As a rule, examinations should be carried out every 6 months for lifting equipment which carries people as this poses the highest risk. Lifting accessories should also be inspected every half a year as they can be fatal if damaged. Standard other lifting equipment can be inspected yearly if necessary.
If you've recently carried out an inspection of your lifting equipment and found it's not fit for purpose, we supply plenty of lifting equipment to fit all your needs here at SafetyLiftingGear.
Working at height comes with a number of risks and it is of vital importance that you take all the safety precautions you can. A rescue block can be what saves you from falling and injuring yourself, as they protect you from falling to the ground when working at height. The synthetic rope or cable that is wrapped around the reel of the block works like a retractable lifeline, which suspends you in the air in the event of a fall.
All the rescue blocks we supply are designed to be reliable and effective. The last thing you want to do is doubt the quality of your height safety equipment, so we make sure you don't have to. The rescue blocks have a shock-absorbing system that prevents injury in the event of a fall. The high-quality materials used for each rescue block allow them to be used year after year, as the durable cables can withstand strain time after time without eroding or snapping.
Of course, you must be sure to choose a rescue block that suits your requirements, as each is a different size and has different restrictions. Luckily, our extensive range of blocks means we are confident you will be able to find the product you need.
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Here are some of the rescue blocks available at SafetyLiftinGear:
(Lightweight Fall Arrest Block - G-Force)
(Fall Arrest Block)
(Fall Arrest Block with Recovery Winch)
If you have any questions about our range of rescue blocks or any of the other products we have, feel free to get in touch. Our helpful team is here to answer your questions and help you find the appropriate equipment for the job.
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Generally, the average life of a safety harness is around 5 years. However, how long a safety harness is good for will differ between makes and models of safety harnesses, with others coming with varying levels of warranties and recommended life-spans that can be much longer than average. For instance, our range of G-force harnesses are approved for up to 10 years.
Of course, with something as important as a safety harness it's important that you check its in good condition before use. You must remain diligent when deciding if a safety harness is safe to use. Despite the recommended life-span, only the owner of the safety harness is aware what conditions it has been used in and whether this has affected its quality. If you begin to question how safe your harness is you should invest in one that can withhold the weight required.
With that being said, we provide a huge selection of safety harnesses that are all made with the highest-quality materials. The last thing you want to do is doubt the safety of your safety harness when you're working at height which is why we supply high-quality products. To see our full range of safety harnesses you can click here, or for a look at some of the ones we supply, look below.
(G-Force 2 Point Safety Harness)
(High Viz Multi-purpose Harness)
(Petzl VOLT Harness)
If you have any questions about how long safety harnesses are good for, or about any of our products feel free to get in touch. Our friendly team is always happy to help whatever the problem, so contact us today.
Designed to stop tools falling from height, our tool lanyards have proved extremely popular since we first added them to the SafetyLiftinGear website. Many people who work at height on a regular basis now use these handy safety lanyards to secure their tools and equipment to themselves, and we've got the right lanyard for just about any item- from spanners to tape measures to power drills, we've got it all covered!
Today, we're very pleased to announce a set of new additions to our lanyard range: Ergodyne all-in-one tethering kits! Available in a variety of configurations, these kits include everything you need to tether your tools and other items to your person when working at height.
Ergodyne are the manufacturers who make many of our other lanyard products, and we're thrilled to have their high-quality tethering kits in stock now too. Here's a quick run-down of what's available:
Includes single-carabiner tool lanyard, self-adhering tape and 3 detachable elastic tool tails.
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Includes wrist lanyard with buckle, plus a roll of self-adhering tape and 3 detachable elastic tool tails.
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Includes a coiled lanyard plus self-adhering tape and 6 web tool tails.
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Includes a detachable single-carabiner tool lanyard plus self-adhering tape and 3 swivelling tool tails.
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Includes a single-carabiner tool lanyard and a power tool trap.
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Includes a single-carabiner tool lanyard and a tape measure trap. (Also available with a coiled lanyard.)
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Need to keep your tools safe while working at height? Click here to browse our full range of tool lanyards.
PPE is short for Personal Protective Equipment. This is the equipment worn by workers that offers extra protection against hazards that may occur in the workplace. PPE comes in plenty of forms, and those who work jobs that require manual labour often need a range of different PPE to stay fully protected on the job.
But with so many to choose from sometimes it can be difficult to work out what you need, so we've put a Guide to PPE together to help! Here's a look at some of the PPE equipment we supply and how it can help you.
Protecting your head is often one of the most important things to remember, particularly on a construction site. In fact, many have a 'hard-hat policy' that means you can not carry out work unless your head is protected. We supply a range of helmets, hard hats and thermal liners that all help keep your head protected from falling/low-hanging objects and safe from the cold.
Eyes are both amazing and fragile. Too often an eye injury can lead to someone losing their sight when it could have been easily avoided with the right PPE. Debris and chemicals can easily cause problems for eyes, which is why we supply a range of safety goggles and safety glasses that protect you without impairing your vision.
Working in loud environments such as concerts or construction can take its toll on your ears. Over time, loud music or power tools can damage your hearing. Ear defenders and earplugs can make a huge difference to how much loud volumes affect your ears.
PPE clothing can keep you safe from the wet and wind or make sure that you are easily seen, in some cases it does both! High visibility clothing allows others to see you from a greater distance, this is particularly useful in busy working environments where drivers and workers are more distracted.
Some work environments will expose you to airborne debris or fumes that shouldn't be breathed in. Working in these conditions is sometimes unavoidable which is why Dust Masks and Respirators are used. These are vital to protect against hazards that may affect your breathing.
To see our full range of PPE equipment, click here. We supply a vast collection of PPE that should help prepare you for anything! If you have any further questions about any our products feel free to get in touch. Our team of friendly experts are always happy to help so contact us today.