Lifting Gear Inspections

 

From construction to shipping and mining to engineering, lifting equipment is used by a wide range of different industries for various tasks and applications. Often created using robust metals and other long-lasting materials, the majority if not all lifting equipment is designed and manufactured to last the test of time. However, regardless of where lifting equipment is used, it will no doubt be subject to some degree of pressure, strain and stress at one time or another and as a result, will need to be inspected and tested to ensure it is still safe and suitable to use.

 

The reasons for lifting gear inspections

There are two primary reasons as to why you will need to conduct inspections on your lifting equipment:

  1. Over time, your collection of lifting equipment is going to degrade and become slightly dated. With continued use, you may start to see and experience abrasions, corrosion and deteriorations in performance, which is completely natural and expected. Inspections aim to help identify these things before they have the opportunity to become a real issue.
  1. Inspections are required by law! Under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, you will find two important pieces of legislation. The first being the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and the second the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

Both of the above pieces of legislation declare that all lifting applications are properly planned, which involves utilising the correct equipment that has been properly tested and inspected. PUWER states that all lifting equipment must be ”safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate.” Therefore, to ensure that you stay on the right side of the law, it’s imperative to regularly inspect your lifting gear.

 

Types of lifting gear inspections

As well as there being two reasons to conduct lifting gear inspections, there are also two types of lifting gear inspections. Firstly, there are inspections that can be carried out by yourself. It’s recommended that these are conducted before each lifting operation to ensure that the task can be performed as safely as possible.

The second type of inspection is a thorough, professional inspection conducted by a qualified person. These inspections should be completed once every six to twelve months, depending on the type of gear. Generally, loose lifting equipment such as eyebolts and shackles should be looked at every six months, whereas other equipment should be every twelve months. Once these inspections are complete, you will receive a certificate which confirms the equipment is suitable for use until its next inspection.

 

How to prolong the life of your lifting equipment

In order for your equipment to pass its lifting gear inspections, it’s important to keep it in good working order. Here are some things that you can do to ensure your lifting gear maintains a longer service life:

  • Ensure your lifting gear is stored and used safely in the correct conditions
  • Always follow the correct procedures and guidelines before, throughout and after use
  • Ensure you never exceed the safe working load (SWL) of your equipment
  • Only trained and qualified personnel use the equipment
  • All equipment is handled with care and patience

 

How SLG can help you with your lifting gear inspections

Did you know that SLG offers professional lifting gear inspections? If you need to get your equipment inspected, simply get in touch us and a member of our qualified team can help! For more information or to get any more lifting gear inspection questions answered, do not be afraid to contact us.

 

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Boat with lifting slings

Many businesses across the UK (and beyond!) rely on the SafetyLiftinGear team for key products and services.

One such company is Commercial Rib Charter, a Hampshire-based charter operator with a fleet of more than 25 boats.

We at SafetyLiftinGear have built up a great working relationship with CRC over the years. In addition to providing bespoke sling assemblies to help them lift their boats in and out of the water, we also carry out all of their LOLER examinations and various pull tests on vessel-mounted jibs and bollards.

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SafetyLiftinGear work with companies across all sorts of different sectors, providing safe and cost-effective solutions for a wide variety of lifting and pulling needs.

To discuss your requirements with the SafetyLiftinGear team, call 0117 9381 600 today!

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Today, we want to talk you through our selection of high-quality load arrestors from Globestock - these robust products are designed to make sure that heavy loads don't fall when being lifted, even if the load's primary support system fails. 

How do they work?

Each G-Guard fall arrestor consists of a retractable safety line that works in a similar way to a seatbelt in a car. If a load drops suddenly whilst attached to this line, the load arrestor's fall protection brake will automatically kick in and prevent the load from crashing to the ground. The brake's shock-absorbent properties minimise the force of the load arrestor, protecting the load from damage and the user from injury.
 

Why should I use a load arrestor?

Back-up measures like these fall arrestors are important in case your lifting equipment suddenly fails while you are raising a heavy or valuable load. These safety lines will ensure that your load does not fall unexpectedly where, as we've already mentioned, it may cause damage, injury, or even worse. 
 
Although you might not think you need a back-up load arrestor, you'll be thankful you purchased one when you're saving money later down the line. Many of our customers work with valuable equipment in theatres, in nuclear power stations, in building and home renovation etc.
 
Now, imagine you're trying to hoist a £10,000 chandelier, a centrepiece in someone's home. Your primary lifting device fails and glass shatters everywhere... Not only is this a huge safety risk, but it's also the type of precious load you or your clients may not be able to replace in the event of an accident. This is why it's important to have the right safety precautions in place!
 

How strong are SafetyLiftinGear's load arrestors?

We have a huge range of different G-Guard load arrestors to choose from, each with its own specifications and weight load limit. Let's take a look at some of the leading products in this range.
 

G.Guard 300kg Load Arrestor

For lighter loads up to 300kg (stage lighting for example), this is the perfect load arrestor for you. Available in:

7mtr >  10mtr >  12mtr >  15mtr >  18mtr >  20mtr >  25mtr >

 

G.Guard 500kg Load Arrestor

Prevent the free-fall of loads up to 500gk with this load arrestor, available in the following three different wire lengths:

7mtr >  10mtr >  15mtr > 

G.Guard 500kg Load Arrestor

These 500kg load arrestors offer you slightly more wire length, perfect for construction sites where loads needed to be lifted to heights of 18mtrs or higher. Available in:

18mtr >  20mtr >  24 mtr >

 

G.Guard 1000kg Load Arrestor 

For heavy-duty lifting jobs, this load arrestor is unbeatable in load capacity and length! Available in:

7mtr >  9mtr >  10mtr >

Click here to take a closer look at our load arrestor range, or get in touch to discuss your lifting requirements with a member of our team.

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When it comes to top-quality engineering, Italy undoubtedly ranks highly on the list – look no further than the Ferrari for proof of that.

In the construction industry, the theme holds true and few equipment manufacturers can match up to the lofty standards set by Italian giants, Boscaro.

At SafetyLiftinGear.com, we know this all too well – which is exactly why we stock a wide variety of Boscaro products.

To give you a taste of Boscaro collection, here are a few of the most popular Boscaro products we have in stock at SLG.

 

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Hoist Tipping Bucket

Ideal for use with a variety of lifting hoists, these heavy-duty tipping buckets have been built with durability in mind, fully certified and compliant to EN standards.

Made from quality materials for heavy-duty construction purposes, these easy-to-use tipping buckets feature a simple tipping mechanism for effortless tipping and discharge.

These are currently available in the following capacities:

Naturally, the weight capacity increases with the size, ranging from 132kg limit for the 60 litre version, all the way up to 390kg for the 150 litre model. That’s roughly the weight of a horse!

While we don’t recommend using these buckets to hoist any stallions, there’s no doubt that they certainly provide some serious bang for your buck.

 

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Circular Muck Skips

As the name suggests, these circular skips are tailor-made to for muck and waste removal, while they can also be used for site clearance.

Featuring two safety catches for additional user protection during the loading and unloading process, the cleverly engineered design allows the skip to empty automatically, utilising the lifting arm’s centre of gravity.

These are currently available in the following capacities:

The weight limit of the 250 litre model reaches a maximum capacity of 650kg, while the larger 1000 litre version can handle as much as 2600kg of weight. For those keeping score, that’s the weight of a giraffe.

Luckily, you won’t be sticking your neck out with these products. They’re built to last and able to handle some serious weight. Simply choose the model with the capacity that suits your purpose and let the skip do the heavy lifting for you.

For smaller jobs, Boscaro even has a Plastic Circular Muck Skip for loads of up to 70 litres, capable of withstanding up to 150kg of weight (roughly the weight of a panda).

 

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Boat Tipping Skip

Much like the aptly named muck skips, Boscaro’s range of boat skips are also ideal for transporting waste and generally removing site rubbish.

Available in 500 litre and 1000 litre models, these high-quality skips offer safe and easy disposal of contents with the ingenious automatic empty functionality.

Designed to eliminate risk to the operator, this automatic release eliminates the need for a worker to enter the danger zone while the skip is in use.

Each model is capable of withstanding an impressive amount of weight, with the 500 litre model topping out at 1000kg and the 1000 litre model reaching a load limit of 2000kg.

Meanwhile, the loading process is inherently simple too, with a low loading height and drop-down bale arm for enhanced accessibility.

 

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Dumping Bin

Perfect for general use around site, these self-dumping bins are a great addition to your on-site kit. Available in 600 litre and 800 litre versions, these bins couldn’t be easier to use: simply attach to a crane hook, lift and watch it automatically tip.

Complete with both fixed and swivel castors for effortless mobility around site, each bin also comes with two handles on the back for enhanced manoeuvrability, while they also feature brakes for safe and secure positioning when stationary.

 

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Crane Forks

Boscaro’s crane forks make for a fantastic addition to on-site crane user’s arsenal. Fully adjustable in height and fork width to suit the task at hand, these handy attachments are also self-balancing, allowing the load to stay level during the actual lifting process.

Made from high-quality steel, durability isn’t an issue here – these forks are built to take the pressure and have a varying weight capacity of 2 tonnes or 3 tonnes depending on the chosen model.

For additional protection, they also come with a facility to attach a protection net if required. Fully tested and certified, with a 2-year warranty in toe, this is one product that won’t let you down when it’s time to lift.

 

 

Specialist Items

In addition to the above examples, we also stock a number of specialist attachments for site use. Some of the most popular of these can be found below:

 

Kerb Grab

Fitted with rotating rubber-coated plates, these reliable kerb grabbing attachments are perfect for lifting long objects of up to 1000kg from a horizontal position to vertical.

 

Block Grab

Fully automatic and fully adjustable, these block lifting grabs are capable of hoisting up to 1800kg in weight, complete with side handles for manual stability.

 

Safety Cage

Fitted with crane fork pockets for easy site transit, these safety cages are ideal for transporting bricks and blocks, with hinged gate for simple accessibility.

 

For additional information on Boscaro construction products, why not drop us a line today to find out more? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or click the button below to get in touch online.

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Warehouse

Warehouse lifting equipment can be a vital component of day-to-day operations in a warehouse environment.

Warehouses are typically used to store raw materials, goods and machinery. Bulky items are commonplace, so heavy lifting is often par for the course. As such, high-quality lifting apparatus is paramount.

If you're in need of some advice on essential warehouse equipment, you've come to the right place. This blog post is stacked with advice to help you find the best lifting equipment for your warehouse working needs.

 

Types of Warehouse Lifting Equipment

When it comes to lifting heavy goods in a warehouse environment, there are a wide variety of solutions to choose from - though naturally the right tool for the job will depend on the nature of the job that needs doing.

Here are some of the warehouse lifting and handling products we offer here at SafetyLiftinGear:

Warehouse pallet truck

Pallet Trucks

An absolute staple of any warehouse, the pallet truck has been indispensable ever since its invention way back in 1947. For context, back in 1947, Clement Attlee was Prime Minister and Britain was still in post-war recovery mode.

The fact that this piece of equipment is still top dog today proves its staying power and shows that it's unlikely to be going anywhere anytime soon. All the more reason to make sure you have one in your facility!

When it comes to purchasing a pallet truck, there are a few things to keep in mind. It has evolved significantly over the last three quarters of a century and now comes in a variety of forms, including:

  • Heavy-Duty Pallet Trucks - Designed for lifting a range of pallets, from small loads to very heavy cargo, the standard pallet truck is a great all-rounder for warehouse use. It's also available in a number of variations, from stainless steel pallet trucks for humid conditions to long fork trucks for extra-long loads.

  • Weighing Scale Pallet Trucks - As the name suggests, these pallet trucks come with built-in weighing scales, allowing you to accurately record the weight of the load you are moving.

  • Battery Pallet Trucks - With a built-in chargeable lithium battery, these autonomous manual handling machines provide battery-powered pallet lifting for hassle-free lifts with unrestricted movement.

  • Electric Pallet Trucks - Electric pallet trucks offer easy manoeuvring for low-duty applications, cutting out the unnecessary hassle and headaches associated with manual material handling.

  • High-Lift Pallet Trucks - Extremely useful in warehouses with high-rise storage, these versatile pallet movers allow you to lift and lower to / from heights that would otherwise be unreachable with a traditional pallet mover.

Material lifter

Material Lifts

Also known as 'walkie stackers', material lifts are a common sight in warehouses due to the simple fact that they are highly effective for the task at hand. Capable of lifting heavy loads to impressive heights, these lifters are great for loading and unloading HGVs, as well as for standard warehouse use.

Material lifts can come in hand-winch form, in addition to the more popular battery/electric powered models. Additionally, they can also come with a variety of different load bases, typically available as a fork/platform or a hook for hoisting.

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Platform table

Platform Tables

Another popular piece of equipment for warehouse workers is the platform table. Often referred to as hydraulic tables or scissor lifts, this versatile product is essentially an adjustable platform, raised to a height of your choosing for easy access to places that are typically inaccessible for heavy items. This heavy-duty apparatus is usually manually powered by a foot pedal.

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Loadlifter for roll cages

Fork-Mounted Loadlifter

The fork-mounted loadlifter is the perfect tool for warehouses that deal with items such as heavy roll cages, e.g. those associated with supermarket chains. The loadlifter is specifically designed to provide easy access to a range of articulated vehicles, enabling simple and safe loading/unloading for delivery and transportation purposes.

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Lifting tower for warehouses

Lifting Tower

Compact and easy to use, these telescopic towers offer a simple solution for your lifting needs. Perfect for areas with limited space or restricted movement, these lifting towers are powered by a straightforward hand winch mechanism.

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor operations, this adaptable lift option is easily transported and capable of single-person use, allowing for independent use wherever you may need it.

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Visit our Material Handling Equipment page to browse our full range of handling products, or get in touch with our Customer Service Team if you have any questions.

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