Bridging steps for a train

Introducing our new industrial bridging steps. Perfect for factories and distribution centres, our multi-use bridging steps are ideal for providing safe access over machines, conveyor belts or adding extra height to your working space. Now available in a larger size of 120 x 53cm, our industrial bridging steps are a practical addition for any warehouse or workplace where additional height is needed. Choose heights ranging from 3 to 9 treads to suit whatever tasks you and your business require.

Designed to be extra safe in industrial environments, our bridging steps can be used for freestanding tasks, or secured to the floor for extra stability. Complete with an anti-slip platform and comfortable climbing angles, these bridging steps (manufactured from robust aluminium) are ideal for safely adding height to your industrial work spaces. Our bridging steps also come with a 5-year warranty for peace of mind and confidence.

Please note that this product takes 4-6 weeks for delivery.

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PPE hard hats

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an industry that looks set to boom. Hard hats and hi-vis jackets may not be everyone's idea of a multi-billion industry, but according to predictions made by Fortune Business Insights, the PPE market is set be worth $85.72 billion globally by the year 2026.

Growing concerns about the environment, employee safety and large-scale regeneration and infrastructure projects look to be the key drivers behind this rapid growth. Let's take a look at what the future may hold for these vital products.

 

Eco Friendly Developments

Growing concerns about the environmental impact of business and industry are dominating headlines in many parts of the world right now. All sorts of industries are striving to adapt and make their processes more sustainable, and the PPE industry is no exception. Many companies are looking at ways to develop eco-friendly products, either through more energy-efficient machinery or by utilising recycled materials. Some companies are even turning to plastics made from organic materials such as sugar cane.

With products like that already beginning to appear, there can be little doubt that PPE manufacturers will soon be investing in sustainable and hard-wearing materials that are good for workers and the planet. We can't wait to see what materials will be used to make the PPE equipment of tomorrow.

 

Infrastructure and Large-Scale Projects

The topic of the environment leads us to the predicted boom in large-scale infrastructure projects across the globe. Whether it's the building of green technologies or wider public transport infrastructure, big construction projects are set to be key market drivers for the PPE industry.

In the UK, High Speed Rail 2 could potentially employ 30,000 people to build and design the railway alone, showing the sheer scale of labour required for projects of this scale. With more construction jobs set to be created over the next few years, it's no surprise that the market is set to boom internationally. Thousands more employees will be needed to work on expansive new projects, and protective workwear is bound to have a key role to play.

 

Employee Safety

Keeping employees safe is a critical concern for modern businesses. With growing concern for safety and increasing legal protection for workers, employees can now expect more PPE equipment to be provided for them in their place of work. In the UK, companies are legally bound to protect their employees and follow workplace safety legislation.

As more legislation is passed by Parliament and devolved assemblies in the UK, we can expect to see industries tightening safety regulations and supplying more types of PPE and safety equipment to prevent hazardous accidents. With fatal accidents falling in the UK over the past decade thanks to health and safety protections, it's no wonder that companies worldwide are beginning to introduce more regulations in order to keep employees safe.

At SafetyLiftinGear.com, we have everything you need to keep your employees safe and your warehouse running smoothly, including a range of personal protective equipment for all workplace scenarios.

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A construction firm has been fined after a 17-year-old worker fell through a skylight opening and suffered life-changing injuries. On 20 August 2018, the young worker fell through an insulation sheet covering a skylight while walking across an unmarked area on the construction site in Gloucester. He suffered multiple broken bones, which needed two operations to treat. His doctors advised him that it was unlikely he would be able to work in construction ever again. A potential career in construction was cut short by the neglect of another reckless employer.

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HSE Findings

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the employee was not supervised properly and was not warned about the risks on site. According to reports, there were no warnings in place about the hole in the roof, and no workers on site had been told about it. No further physical barriers were in place, either - any of these measures could have prevented this tragic accident.

The company failed to take the necessary precautions for working at height, and further investigation showed continued failures to properly and adequately plan constructions at that height (even after the incident in question). The Mark Holland Group pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations and were fined £55,620.

HSE inspectors highlighted how this accident could have been avoided with simple safety precautions, such as the correct height safety equipment.

 

Working at Height

It's essential for employers to take adequate fall protection measures and follow the health and safety regulations at all times. These safety guidelines are there to help employers comply with the law and prevent death and serious injury.

Employers should aim to carry out work on the ground where possible, or utilise scaffolding or mobile platforms that allow easy and safe access. Failing that, use fall protection equipment to restrain workers in the event of a fall and minimise the distance the individual falls to minimise the potential injury.

Read our blog about choosing the best fall protection equipment for your job.

We hope that employers see stories like this one and make more of an effort to prioritise health and safety to prevent further accidents.

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If you don't provide your employees with the equipment they need, it can pose a serious safety risk to them, and a serious legal threat to your business. AU Roofing and Building Ltd found this out the hard way after one of their employees sustained serious injuries. We've got the inside scoop on the story for you here.

Back in October 2018, a team of employees from AU Roofing and Building Ltd were working on a roof in Elmes Avenue, Kent. The team of roofers were required to carry buckets of materials by hand down the scaffold access ladder to the street level below. 

One particular employee, Davey Battams, struggled to keep 3 points of contact with the ladder as he descended down the ladder, and fell the remainder of the way onto the pavement. Battams suffered serious back injuries and was unable to continue working. 

The HSE investigated this accident and was able to determine that the employer hadn't provided the basic lifting equipment aids that should be in place for tasks such as this. A simple wheel and pulley would have given workers a safer way to lower the broken tiles while dramatically reducing the chances of an accidental fall.

In court, AU Roofing and Building Services Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and the court issued them a fine of £28,800!! On top of this, they were also ordered to pay legal cost amounting to £4,213.70. 

Don't make the same mistake!

At SafetyLiftinGear, we know that the right equipment could have prevented this accident from ever happening, and while we can't go back and change the past, we can advise you on how to work safely in the future. Here are just a few different pieces of equipment that AU Roofing and Building Ltd could've purchased to lessen the risk of a fall. 

Ladder Fall Protection

Our ladder fall protection kits are designed to keep you tethered to the ladder, preventing an accidental slip or fall from height. 

Powered Lifting Solutions

Designed to take the pressure completely out of your hands, our powered scaffold hoist can move cumbersome items from on top of the scaffold to ground level safely.

Manual Lifting Solutions

These simple, manual pulley systems can take the strain of heavy items and lower them to safety, leaving your hands free to grip the ladder.

Product Lifting Solutions

When you need to lift or transport important materials you'll find the following lifting solutions safe and easy to use.

If you can't find a lifting solution that fits the requirements of your upcoming job, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Our friendly sales team will talk you through various different lifting options to help you find one that's right for the task at hand. 

Christmas came early for a Welsh steelworks this week as SafetyLiftinGear came bearing gifts in the form of industrial lifting equipment.

 

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Lifting Gear Hire from SLG

SLG’s Cardiff depot rented out a whole host of heavy-duty haulage products to a local site ahead of planned maintenance works over the Christmas period.

The sizeable hire consisted of some of our most popular industrial-use items, including the following:

With 11 of each product, the client looks set to make light work of any heavy lifting that comes their way over the Christmas period.

Should St Nick need any help lugging presents while he’s soaring over Wales, he’ll know exactly where to go for a helping hand.

 

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SLG Air Hoist and Beam Clamps Hire

The specialist air hoists ordered by the firm are capable of lifting up to six tonnes in weight, which equates to roughly the same as a fully-grown African elephant.

While it’s unlikely the guys and gals at the Welsh steelworks will be using these air hoists for such a mammoth task, it’s reassuring to know that our air hoists are more than fit for the job.

Meanwhile, our beam clamps are no weak link either. In fact, they are capable of lifting about the same weight as a cruise ship anchor, ensuring any industrial heavy-lifting tasks are plain sailing all the way.

 

Lifting Gear Hire from SLG

If you are interested in hiring any lifting equipment for your heavy-duty hauling, why not get in touch with SLG today? We offer a huge range of lifting gear for a wide variety of tasks and are sure to have just what you need to get your job off the ground.

 

To find out more about our lifting gear for hire, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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