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Anyone that works in a factory, warehouse or anywhere involving repetitive tool processes will be well aware of the benefits of spring balancers. If not, it’s high time you get educated!

Spring balancers allow you to easily and efficiently use a suspended tool with very little effort or exertion; e.g. a welding gun on a production line, paint spraying equipment in a garage or even X-ray apparatus.

Benefitting from an up/down freedom of motion, this piece of equipment can be adjusted to stay in position or retract based on the needs of the worker and nature of the task, taking the weight off the worker to quite literally lighten the load.

 

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Yale Tool Balancer Equipment

At SLG, we stock a number of spring balancers from US-based industrial equipment giants, Yale.

With a history that dates all the way back to 1844, Yale has worked tirelessly to become one of the pre-eminent worldwide leaders in forklifts and warehouse solutions.

Today, Yale is part of the Hyster-Yale group, a publicly traded company on the NY Stock Exchange and internationally recognised with a variety of awards and accreditations.

Suffice to say, Yale has a bulletproof reputation within the industry for their top-quality reliable equipment and these tool balancer products are no exception.

 

 

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Yale YBF Series Spring Balancers

Yale’s YBF Series is offers safe and simple service through the containerised spring cartridge, capable of handling up to 100kg in weight.

This model also includes an anti-wear feature that prevents damage to the aluminium housing. This can be even be replaced without dismantling the housing.

Similarly, wire replacement can also be done without dismantling the body for further ease of access.

The YBF series also offers a variety of safety perks, notably its enclosed body design, preventing hand injuries such as trapped fingers.

The YBF Series is available in the following models:

Yale YBF Series Spring Balancers 1-100kg

Yale YBF Series Long Lift Spring Balancers 1.5-100kg

 

 

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Yale YBA Series Spring Balancers

The YBA Series is much like the YBF Series, offering virtually all the perks of its counterpart but with a number of helpful additions, most notably its wire arrest system.

The wire arrest precaution is perfect for jobs involving a repetitive process where there is a distinct possibility of damage to the wire strands; e.g. fabrication and welding production lines.

The YBA Series has a weight capacity of 70kg and is available in two models:

Yale YBA Series Spring Balancers 9-70kg

Yale YBA Series Long Lift Spring Balancers 9-70kg

 

 

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Hand winches are conveniently compact and often easy to transport making them the perfect companion for contractors and independent construction companies. Used properly, hand winches enable you to lift and manoeuvre incredibly heavy objects with ease, reducing the likelihood of injury and helping you complete your task quickly.

Today, we're taking a closer look at hand winches from Pfaff-Silberblau, a leading supplier of system solutions for mechanical and lifting technology. Here at SafetyLiftinGear.com, we stock a huge selection of Pfaff hand winches, so let's dive right in and have a look at some of the best Pfaff hand winches we have on offer.

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Pfaff LB Wire Rope Hand Winch

Originally intended to be used as an off-road winch, this LB Wire Rope Winch is commonly used today to complete both lifting and pulling tasks. The LB range from Pfaff is without a doubt one of our best selling hand winch ranges, which is no surprise given the versatility and efficiency it offers. 

Key features:

  • Can be column or base mounted
  • Lightweight design
  • Fitted with a load pressure brake to prevent accidental fall
  • 150-1200kg capacity

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Pfaff HW-CS Stainless Steel Hand Winch

Another great hand winch from Pfaff - this HW-CS stainless steel model with bronze drum bearings is designed to last for years to come without corroding! It features a spur gear drive for optimal efficiency, a load pressure brake to prevent unintentional brake release and can be used in ambient temperatures between -10°c and 50°c.

Key features:

  • Compact design
  • Easily mounted onto walls, poles or towers
  • Available in 300daN or 800daN

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Pfaff SGO Wall-Mounted Wire Rope Hand Winch

If you're on the market for a heavy-duty hand winch, this is the one for you! With a maximum capacity of 5000kg, this hand winch is hard to beat when it comes to lifting heavier loads. This hand winch is 100% manually operated, so it can be used in settings where electricity is not readily available. 

Key features:

  • Made of robust steel frame
  • Machine-cut worm wheel and shaft
  • Mounted bearings and worm gear drive
  • Available in a range of capacities from 250kg to 5000kg

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Pfaff SW-W Wall Mounted Wire Rope Hand Winch

For a permanent wall mounted hand winch option, this robust SW-W hand winch is sure to fit the bill. The Pfaff-Silberblau design team have crafted every element of this hand winch with user experience in mind. It's easy to mount onto walls, has a low-noise safety spring brake and heavy-duty steel housing for longevity. 

Key features:

  • External braked safety crank
  • Available in lifting capacities between 300kg and 750kg
  • Streamline design

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Pfaff MWS spur gear drive hand winch

Pfaff MWS Spur Gear Drive Wire Rope Hand Winch 

The last of the Pfaff hand winches we're looking at today, the MWS model is by no means the least impressive. Designed for manual use in messy/confined spaces, this compact hand winch is almost completely enclosed to keep the internal parts protected at all times. 

Key features:

  • Automatic load pressure brake for safe holding of load
  • Self-locking, anti-kickback and adjustable crank handle
  • Spur gears on roller bearings 
  • Available in either 300kg or 600kg maximum capacity

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This is just a taster of the high-quality Pfaff Silberblau hand winches available here at SafetyLiftinGear. com! If you've not found a hand winch to suit your requirements, head over to our main collection to continue browsing.

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At SafetyLiftinGear.com, we’re always looking to expand our catalogue of lifting goodies to ensure you have the best selection of products available at your fingertips…

…which is exactly why we’ve added even more products to our expanding inventory of safety equipment, this time in the form of several new items from Loadsurfer.

Read on to find out more! 

 

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Surf’s Up, Man!

Check out these all-new lifting products from Loadsurfer, all now available for purchase or hire on SafetyLiftinGear.com:

 

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Loadsurfer YTC300 300kg Hydraulic Drum Truck

As the name suggests, the YTC300 model is perfect for lifting and shifting drums and barrels from A to B.

Featuring easy-to-use pump/release functionality for simple grip and placement, the YTC300 is capable of lifting up to 300kg in weight and ideal for 210 litre drums/barrels.

The YTC300 also features two durable polyurethane wheels on the front with one smaller swivel wheel on the rear for effortless manoeuvrability.

 

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Loadsurfer 1000kg Semi-Electric High Lift Pallet Truck

Featuring a uniquely practical scissor-mechanism, this product is the ideal piece of equipment any job that requires moving and positioning of pallets and containers.

Capable of elevating pallets to heights of 800mm using the simple up/down handle, this semi-electric pallet truck can lift and lower approximately 75-90 times on a single charge.

This product has also been fitted with front and rear stabilisers to ensure a safe and secure lift. Meanwhile, it also features a built-in charger for quick and easy battery boosting.

 

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Loadsurfer 2500kg Weighing Pallet Truck

Ideal for accurately weighing freight packages on-site, the Loadsurfer Weighing Pallet Truck provides the user with an accurate weight reading instantly.

The integrated digital weighing system features an adjustable reading functionality, capable of delivering weights in both lbs and kg. This reader also comes with its own charger.

Weighing just 128kg itself, this weighing pallet truck is capable of lifting just under 20 times its own weight, with a capacity of 2500kg.

This product is available in two varieties, with or without a built-in printer for weight readings.

Loadsurfer 2500kg Weighing Pallet Truck WH-25ES

Loadsurfer 2500kg Weighing Pallet Truck c/w Printer

 

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Loadsurfer 1500kg Fully Electric Stacker

Ideal for low-duty warehouse use, this compact electric stacker features a duplex mast with a generous lifting height of up to 3000mm.

The battery life is equally generous, providing 3-4 hours of continuous use on a full charge, while the built-in charger allows for quick and easy replenishment charging when needed.

This product also includes a transparent Perspex screen which separates the operator from the forklift for additional user safety.

In addition to its standard format, this product is available with remote-controlled usability for operation at distance.

Loadsurfer 1500kg Light Duty Fully Electric Stacker 3000mm Lift

Loadsurfer 1500kg Remote Control Light Duty Fully Electric Stacker

 

 

For more information on these new Loadsurfer products or any other lifting gear on our site, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or get in touch online using the button below.

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The dangers of working at height have hit the headlines once again this week after two companies were heavily fined for putting their workers' safety at risk.

According to industry watchdog, Safety & Health Practitioner, an incident in April 2016 saw pipe repair workers in Bilston exposed to significant risk during a job at a warehouse owned by James Durrans & Sons Ltd.

The contractors, working for Kingswinford Engineering Co Ltd, were hired to fix pipework on the roof of the warehouse; however, the conditions provided were shockingly reckless, posing a variety of dangers for those working on the job.

 

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No Safety System

The nature of the task required workers to be hoisted to the roof in a forklift man-cage; however, the forklift fell short of the roof, leaving a three-foot gap.

The roof was then only accessible by climbing from the cage to the roof. Worse still, the roof itself was said to be slippery and wet with no protective barrier in place to prevent a fall.

An investigation by the HSE concluded that neither the warehouse owners or the repair company had conducted a proper risk assessment and no safety system had implemented for the job.

 

The Price of Safety

The HSE findings highlighted that both James Durrans & Sons Ltd and Kingswinford Engineering Co Ltd had assumed the other had the safety procedures covered.

This gross negligence led both parties to plead guilty to breaching sections of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The result saw Kingswinford Engineering fined to the tune of £18k with costs of £9k, while Durrans & Sons were fined an even heftier £100k with costs of £20k.

 

Proper Precautions

The news story highlights the importance of worker/contractor safety on site and the financial ramifications associated with such an oversight.

Despite the lofty fines levied against both companies involved, the price could have been far steeper should an accident have occurred.

If you or your company are involved in working at height, suitable and appropriate fall protection measures are a must – it could save a life.

 

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In our unending quest to provide you with the latest and greatest lifting products this side of the Marvel Universe, SafetyLiftinGear.com has a whole new range of material handling equipment from the almighty Steerman for you to choose from.

With outlets in Europe, Africa, Asian and North America, Steerman has established itself as a global heavyweight in the world of heavy lifting.

Want proof? Read on and see for yourself…

 

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STEERMAN Load Moving Systems

Specifically engineered for the professional load mover, STEERMAN products have been painstakingly refined and developed throughout the years to ensure simple operation and maximum safety.

Here are a few of the very best STEERMAN products you can now explore on SafetyLiftinGear.com:

 

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Roller Pinch Bars

The perfect sidekick for the professional load mover, this compact companion makes heavy lifting a breeze.

Lightweight yet durable, each roller pinch bar features steel wheels and a low toe plate to fit into the tightest of spaces.

Available in the following weight capacities:

STEERMAN RPB 1500KG Roller Pinch Bar

STEERMAN RPB 5000kg Roller Pinch Bar

 

 

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Hydraulic Toe Jacks

Another great product range for confined spaces, these hydraulic toe jacks are ideal for lifting and positioning a variety of lofty items, from heavy machinery to steel structures.

Boasting an extremely low toe entry height of 16-29mm, the STEERMAN HTJ range is the king of hydraulic toe jack functionality, capable of lifting up to 10 tonnes in weight.

Each HTJ product also features a chrome-plated ram and pump piston, along with an operating lever with 220 degree rotation for the ultimate freedom of movement. 

 

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Caterpillar Skate Sets

An economical solution to your load moving needs, the Caterpillar Skate Set range from STEERMAN provides robust durability with practical manoeuvrability for problem-free lifting and shifting.

Perfectly adept for confined spaces, it also features a steering handle for precision movement and directional control.

Capable of handling up to 60 tonnes of weight, this product also comes complete with a lockable steel container with nylon castors for safe, reliable storage.

STEERMAN 20tonne Caterpillar Skate Set

STEERMAN 30tonne Caterpillar Skate Set

STEERMAN 60tonne Caterpillar Skate Set

 

 

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Heavy-Duty Nylon Skates

A must-have for load moving professionals, the STEERMAN SX range offers everything you could want from a heavy-duty nylon skate.

Boasting a steerable front skate with two adjustable rear skates, this load moving lever provides effortless steering.

The SX also features a robust towing bar with a fully-functional turntable that rests on large diameter thrust bearings for the ultimate freedom of movement.

The parallel alignment of the rear skates is maintained by a tie rod for peace of mind, providing smooth transit that’s efficient as well as safe.

Each skate is also powder coated and all connecting elements are resistant to corrosion for an unparalleled safe lifting experience.

These are available in the following load capacities:

STEERMAN SX10 10tonne 'Heavy duty' Nylon Skate set

STEERMAN SX20 20tonne 'Heavy duty' Nylon Skate set

STEERMAN SX30 30tonne 'Heavy duty' Nylon Skate set

STEERMAN SX60 60tonne 'Heavy duty' Nylon Skate set

 

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Whether you’re a mechanic checking brakes in a local garage or a racing car pitman changing tyres under pressure, a high-quality trolley jack is a vital piece of kit to have in your automobile arsenal.

To help you find the right trolley jack that’s fit for purpose, fit for budget and fit for you, we’re lifting the lid on these handy hydraulics in our quest to deliver you the best lifting equipment known to man.

So, without further ado, let us take the weight and lighten the load with our range of trolley jacks that are guaranteed to help you raise your game.

 

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Which Trolley Jack is Right for Me?

As a general rule of thumb, most specialists maintain that you need a jack that’s capable of lifting around ¾ of your vehicle’s total weight.

So, for example, the average Vauxhall Astra weighs around 1300kg so, in theory, you would only need a one tonne trolley jack to cover it.

Luckily, our lowest trolley jacks start at a capacity of three tonnes so, Astra-owners nationwide, considered yourselves covered.

All of our trolley jacks are easy to manoeuvre, making them glide effortlessly in and out of position, making light work of your heavy lifting.

 

Trolley Jacks for Sale at SLG

At SafetyLiftinGear.com, we have a number of trolley jacks for sale, ranging in overall lifting capacity from three tonnes all the way up to twenty tonnes.

 

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Economy Trolley Jacks

Just because our trolley jacks are top-quality, in-demand lifting items doesn’t mean we’re going to jack up the price as well. Our economy trolley jacks are ideal for those looking to hoist a heavy weight on a lighter budget.

Portable and durable, this best-seller is ideal for garages and workshops alike, as well as home use.

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Heavy Duty Trolley Jacks

For heavier lifting jobs, our professional range of heavy-duty trolley jacks provides reliable durability with enhanced manoeuvrability for a smooth lifting experience.

Featuring swivel rear wheels, a steel-forged hardened saddle and a hydraulic overload protection system, these trolley jacks provide safety and security to the user, as well as simple operational functionality. 

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Long Body Trolley Jacks

The sturdiest of our entire trolley jack collection, these hefty hydraulic hoisters are perfect for jobs involving extremely weighty loads.

Featuring all the features of the aforementioned items, these long body lifting jacks offer a substantially higher weight capacity, ranging in lifting capacity from three tonnes up.

Suffice to say, with our range of long body trolley jacks, you’re well-covered across the weight spectrum.

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According to statistics published by the Health & Safety Executive, approximately 26% of UK workplace fatalities in 2018 came as a result of falling from height.

That sobering statistic highlights just how dangerous working at height can be and, moreover, just how important it is to take the correct precautions before engaging in such activities.

If working at height is a big part of your job, keep yourself and others protected by being mindful of the risks involved.

Here’s a rundown of some of the most important things to consider when working at height.

 

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Take Note of Legislation

Laws are implemented for a reason, so it’s important to take note of the relevant legislation. When it comes to working at height, this point is extremely important.

Make sure that you fully understand what applies to you and take the appropriate actions to adhere to these rulings at all times.

For workers, knowing and following these guidelines can help ensure that the working conditions are safe and risks are kept to a minimum.

Meanwhile, for employers, it can also help ensure all actions are done by the book, protecting the workers while also protecting the company from liability claims in the event of an accident.

 

Assess the Risks

Like any potentially dangerous situation, a comprehensive risk assessment is vital in preparing for the task at hand and can help highlight any areas of concern.

Conducting a thorough risk assessment can not only allow you to minimise the dangers but also potentially allow you to eliminate them altogether.

Should the risks be unavoidable, the identification of these dangers allows for preventative measures to be put in place, such as a fall arrest or fall restraint system.

 

Knowledge is Power

It’s the employer’s responsibility to provide the worker with the relevant training for the task at hand. This point is included in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and is naturally extremely important to take into consideration.

Suitable training can prepare workers for the proposed job and allow them to carry them out safely. Only those that have the relevant level of experience and training should be authorised to carry out the corresponding task.

At SafetyLiftinGear.com, we offer a variety of relevant training courses for height workers, including the Working at Heights Training course and our Risk Assessment & Method Statement (RAMS) Training.

 

Prepare for the Worst

While every step should be taken to avoid a devastating accident, failure to prepare for the worst is not only foolish and short-sighted but also potentially very dangerous.

Be sure to formulate and implement an appropriate rescue plan to keep all parties covered in the event of an unfortunate mishap. This includes supplying the appropriate emergency rescue equipment.

Which leads us nicely to our next point…

 

Come Equipped

In order to ensure you are completely protected in the event of a fall, it’s vital that the correct equipment is used at all times. Often referred to as PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), this is the last resort standing between you and the ground in the event of a worst-case scenario.

It’s important to remember that not all fall protection equipment is universal and some protection measures will be more appropriate for a specific job than others. For more information on the different kinds of safety restraints, check out our blog on overhead and horizontal safety lines.

In addition to supplying equipment for working at height, we also provide inspection and certification of such equipment. For advice and guidance on what equipment may be best for you, get in touch today to speak with one of your specialist advisors.

 

For more information on precautions for working at height and general safety measures for height work, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or get in touch online using the button below.

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