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Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we supply a fantastic range of hydraulic cylinders ready to buy or hire. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean you know what a 'hydraulic cylinder' is. As well as supplying useful products, we also want to help you understand them. In this blog post, we will help you understand more about hydraulic cylinders and what they are used for.

What is a hydraulic cylinder?

Hydraulic cylinders are devices that are used when trying to lift heavy loads safely and easily. The cylinder itself is capped at either end with a rod on one side. Within the interior of the cylinder there is a piston that is attached to the rod seen from the exterior. There is a liquid within the cylinder which, along with the piston, creates pressure which then creates movement.

How do hydraulic cylinders work?

The pressure itself is created when the fluid within the cylinder is forced to either side, which in turn forces the piston to extend or retract. This is referred to as ‘Pascal’s Principle’ which is the method of creating pressure in a certain way that creates additional pressure in another form that can be of use. The movement the hydraulic cylinder creates is responsible for mechanical force. It is this force that makes the hydraulic cylinder so useful for linear motion.

What are hydraulic cylinders used for?

This linear motion is useful in a wide range of applications, basically anything that may require pushing or lifting. Hydraulic cylinders are often used within construction or manufacturing environments where this lifting and pushing movement is used so frequently.

Why buy or hire a hydraulic cylinder from SafetyLiftinGear?

As with all the products we supply, our hydraulic cylinders are made to the highest quality. They are created to withstand the harsh conditions they are often used within so you can rest assured they will last time after time. All of our cylinders are fully tested and inspected before sale to make sure the chrome-plated ram, internal mechanics, and body of the cylinder are working perfectly.

With working load limits ranging from 10 to 100 tones, we guarantee that you will be able to find something to match your requirements.

If you want any more information about our hydraulic cylinders we are more than happy to help. You can also browse our full range by clicking here. Just give us a call on 0808 123 69 69. Our friendly team is here to advise you about any of the products we supply so do not hesitate to get in touch.


Confined Space

Working in a confined space can put you at a high-risk of workplace accidents. As confined spaces are fully enclosed or partially enclosed, they provide a high-risk of fire, explosions, drowning, asphyxiation, and loss of consciousness. 

This is why you need a confined space risk assessment when working in this type of working environment. A confined space risk assessment will ensure your safety in these small and restricted areas. 

Here's a look at the types of scenarios you should be prepared for when creating a confined space risk assessment for your workplace. 

What to Consider in a Confined Space Risk Assesment

  • Will the confined space contain dangerous fumes? 
  • How will you remove or ventilate the area in the event of dangerous fumes? 
  • Can liquid flood the confined space? 
  • If so, how can you stop the liquid flooding in? Can valves be shut? 
  • Will there be enough oxygen in the confined space? 
  • Can you take breathing apparatus in the confined space? 
  • If someone is working alone in the confined space, how will you know if something goes wrong?
  • How can you get someone out of the confined space if they pass out? 

What Equipment Do You Need in a Confined Space?

After completing your confined space risk assessment, it is important to acquire the necessary equipment for the job. A confined space rescue kit is a good place to start with these types of operations.

Confined Space Safety Kit

Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we provide a full confined space rescue kit which contains:

  • 1 Lightweight Aluminium Rescue Trioid with a built-in Pulley
  • 1 20mtr Man Riding Rescue Winch
  • Automatic brake
  • 1 Tripod Storage Bag
  • 1 Rescue Full Safety Harness Size M-XL
  • 1 4-Gas Detector
  • 1 10-minute Escape Kit
  • 12-month warranty

You can check out the specifications of this confined space rescue kit here. To stay safe in confined spaces make sure to check out our full range of confined space safety equipment here and be sure to complete your confined space risk assessment thoroughly.



If you are working in construction we expect that you are fully aware of the importance of construction safety gear. There are a number of hazards that can occur on a construction site, and it’s important to always take the appropriate safety measures to ensure your safety and the safety of everyone around you.

This can be as simple as making sure you are wearing the right construction safety gear. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is worn to give added protection in situations where a health and safety risk may occur. Protective headgear, eye protection, gloves, high visibility clothing and various other products can give you the peace of mind that you have taken the correct safety precautions. At SafetyLiftinGear we supply top-quality PPE to guarantee that you are as protected as possible and that the products you invest in will last.

high visibility ppe

We have a wide range of PPE, so be sure to browse our full collection when preparing yourself for the construction site. 

eye protection

Here are some of the construction safety gear we have on offer:
Head Protection
High Visibility Clothing
Dust Masks
Eye Protection

If you aren’t sure of what construction safety gear you need on the project you’re working on, feel free to ask our expert team for advice. We can help point you in the right direction so give us a call on 0808 123 69 69.


why is ppe important

When it comes to dressing to impress, you may not think about PPE. PPE stands for ‘Personal Protective Equipment’, so while it may not be making an appearance at London fashion week, it is still incredibly important. PPE is essentially anything you can wear that will protect you against any hazardous conditions.




As you can imagine, working at a tree height above ground is not the most low-risk job. That's why, when it comes to this job, it is important to take note of some arborist safety tips. It is important to remember that trees can be fragile things, so treat them with respect and they will look after you in turn. 

Arborist Safety Tips

  • Never climb close to power lines. 

This is an incredibly important arborist safety tip to remember when working in the trees. If your arborist rope happens to touch a live power line, you could easily get electrocuted. Make sure you thoroughly inspect the area around you and ensure there are no live power lines around you. 

  • Always wear a helmet. 

When working at a height, wearing a helmet should be your first priority. Not only will it protect your head if you happen to fall from the tree, it will protect you from any falling branches or objects from above. Making sure you wear a heavy duty arborist helmet when doing arborist work is very important. You can browse our range of arborist helmets and hard hats here. 

  • Inspect the tree before you climb it.

As you may well already know, tree branches get even more delicate the further you climb. So before you climb, our third arborist safety tip is to inspect the tree before you take your first step. Take note of any weakness or damage and evaluate whether is it safe to climb that particular tree. 

  • Be careful when climbing older trees.

Following on from our above point, older trees can be particularly hard to climb. Age and things like moss or plants can make the tree weaker than it may appear at first, so be sure to keep a close eye out for any weakness. 

  • Prepare for the weather ahead. 

It is best to avoid any arborist jobs in storms, heavy rain or in ice storms. If it is meant to be cold weather, we would recommend wearing some PPE Wet Weather Gear to protect you from the frost. 

  • Wear a safety harness suitable for the job. 

To help you maintain the utmost level of arborist safety, a safety harness is necessary. We stock a huge selection of safety harnesses for height safety solutions which highly value comfort and protection. Take a look at some of our arborist safety harnesses here: 

g force p90 arborist safety harness

G-Force P90 Rope Access Multi Purpose Safety Harness M-XL

This safety harness comes with a front attachment D ring, rear dorsal attachment D ring, work positioning belt, comfort padding and much more. It can carry up to 140kg.


bosuns arborist safety harness

Bosuns/Man Riding Seat (BA100) by G-Force 

This bosuns man riding seat for access work can be attached to a crane or similar device. it should be used with suitable secondary safety line when applicable and is light and easy to use.

If you'd like to browse our full collection of arborist equipment, just click here! We hope you follow these Arborist Safety tips and stay safe when working at heights. 


Fall Protection Tools

If you find yourself working at a height, it's quite easy to only remember to keep yourself safe. Of course, keeping yourself safely atop that ladder is of utmost importance, but what about the people below you? If one of your tools is dropped from a height, it can cause serious damage to the unsuspecting person walking below you too. It has been found that a 1lb tool dropped only 10 feet would hit the person below with a force equivalent to 21 stone! That's why Fall Protection for Tools should be high on your priority list. 

Fall Protection for Tools Explained

Fall Protection for tools is a way of ensuring that when a tool slips out of your hands it is protected. This protection most commonly comes in the form of a tool lanyard which has safety hooks at both ends and is stretchy to absorb the shock of a tool falling. Tool Lanyards can carry up to 15KG, sometimes more. This means that Fall Protection can be provided for all types of tools including Helmets and Electric drills. 

Here's a look at some of the different types we have here at SafetyLiftinGear. 

Heavyweight Fall Protection for Tools

Elasticated Tool Lanyard for Power Tools

This heavy duty fall protection for tools will keep your tools for up to 50kg safe at a height.

Fall Protection for Helmets 

Fall Protection Helmet Lanyard

Skullguard Elastic Helmet Lanyard With Buckle

This Skullguard Elastic Helmet Lanyard is a piece of fall protection equipment that is designed to keep your Helmet safely attached to you at a height. The maximum weight it can carry is up to 2lbs and it is made with high stretch material to absorb the shock of falling tools. 

Why do I need Fall Protection for Tools? 

In the past, it was found that tools falling from a height are likely to be the second highest cause of death in workplaces. From 2011-2012, being struck by falling objects was the highest cause of fatalities in the UK. Even in 2017 falling objects are classed as one of the fatal four easily preventable accidents in the US. 

As can be seen, fall protection for tools are not only convenient for you as they keep tools close at hand, they can actually save lives. This is why they are a necessity that should be in every workplace that deals with heights. 

To find fall protection for tools that suits you, simply click here to see our full and varied range. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call on 0808 123 69 69. 


Why use safety barriers?

Safety barriers can be used for a wide variety of jobs, from traffic control to keep people away from potentially dangerous areas. If you're wondering where and why you should use a safety barrier, here are some examples of situations where a barrier can be useful:

  • Diverting Traffic - If you need to control the flow of traffic, safety barriers can be a clear way to warn drivers not to go the wrong way or enter a space that is no longer safe. Barriers can communicate how you would like drivers to navigate through space, ensuring everyone’s safety and hopefully reducing congestion.

  • Directing Crowd Flow - Barriers are also ideal for directing crowds of people. Using a barrier to cordon off a hazardous area can keep pedestrians far away from danger, but even if there are no hazards, barriers can reduce confusion and keep crowds moving smoothly and quickly in a desired direction.

  • Cordoning Off Spill Hazards - If water or another liquid has been spilt on the floor, you need to minimise the risk of slips and falls. Erecting a barrier around the spill hazard will enable you and your staff to clean it up quickly without worry.

  • Working at Height / Underground - Working at height or underground jobs can be hazardous for both the worker(s) and the general public. If you are working in a high-up location, you do not want to be distracted by anyone on the ground, and you don’t want anyone to be in the drop zone if something falls! If you are working underground, there is a chance someone could fall in or drop something down on top of you. Either way, it's a good idea to cordon off the area below/above you to help ensure everyone's safety.

Safety Barrier Products from SafetyLiftinGear

Multi purpose barrier

Our 4-panel safety barrier (pictured above) is the perfect solution for most barrier requirements. This high-visibility folding barrier is both lightweight and easy to store. The warning DANGER – NO ENTRY is printed on each panel of the barrier to deter both pedestrians and vehicles from passing it.

Expanding barricade

We also stock the Armorgard BAR1 expandable safety barrier, pictured above. The concertina design makes it easy to mark out a work area, and when you're finished, the sturdy barrier can be folded away for storage (and secured with the safety catch provided).

The perfect accessory for our 4-panel safety barriers, these connecting clips will hold your safety barriers together securely. No matter how large the space you need to cordon off is, these connectors will allow you to create a safety barrier of any length!  

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If you have any questions about our barrier products, feel free to get in touch with the SafetyLiftinGear team - we're always happy to help!


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