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Broken skylight fall risk

A Yorkshire roofing company and its director have been handed harsh sentences after failing to prevent the death of a worker who fell twelve metres through a storm-damaged skylight.

The incident occurred in December 2016. At that time, 39-year-old Jonathan May was working as a subcontractor for Davis Industrial Roofing Limited, who are based in Wakefield.

May and two others were working on the roof of a warehouse, replacing some skylights that had been damaged during a recent hailstorm. May fell through one of these skylights and dropped 12 metres (approx. 39 feet) to his death.

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Electric hoists

If you need to purchase an electric hoist, it's important to pick the right one for the job - using an insufficient or inappropriate hoist could have dire consequences for you and the people around you.

With this in mind, here is a short, helpful guide to SafetyLiftinGear's assorted electric hoist products:

  • Weight Limit - Perhaps the most important thing to look at when buying an electric hoist is that hoist's weight capacity. Some heavy-duty hoists can lift loads of a tonne or more, while other electric hoists are only capable of managing 2-300kgs at a time. Be sure to check the weight limit before reaching the checkout.

  • Voltage - Different places will use different operating voltages. For example, American power outlets usually operate at 110 volts, and so you would need a 110 volt hoist in this circumstances. Elsewhere, you may have to use a 240 volt outlet, in which case you'll need a 240 volt hoist (a 110 volt hoist would be damaged by any voltage above 110).

  • Motor - Most of our electric hoists use a single phase motor. This is sufficient for most applications, although we do also supply three phase hoists for particularly demanding jobs.

No matter what type of hoists you need, SafetyLiftinGear has an option for you. Our range of different hoists are suitable for a wide range of different work environments, as they have a variety of different capabilities and capacities.

Browse our Single Phase and Three Phase Electric Hoists below:

Single Phase Electric Hoists     Three Phase Electric Hoists

 

If you have any questions or would like some expert advice as to which of our many hoists would be best suited for your needs, give SafetyLiftinGear a call on 0808 123 69 69 or email sales@safetyliftingear.com.

 

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One of the best things about working in the lifting and handling industry is the wide range of jobs we encounter from one day to the next. For example, the team at SafetyLiftinGear's Plymouth depot recently helped one of our valued customers to prepare for a sea voyage by inspecting their ship's on-board lifting equipment.

At around five o'clock on Thursday 8th April, our Plymouth office received a phone call asking us to attend the vessel Pacific Constructor the following morning. The ship was moored nearby at Millbay Docks, and its register of lifting equipment and loose lifting tackle needed a thorough inspection before the vessel set sail on Saturday 10th April.

Of course we obliged - Danny, our lifting equipment inspector, was sent down to the docks, where he spent the day inspecting all of the vessel's lifting equipment. He made sure that everything was LOLER compliant and safe to use.

About the vessel

Pacific Constructor is a sub-sea multi-purpose vessel that's best known for being part of the Ocean Infinity fleet.

Back in 2018, the Ocean Infinity fleet spent 90 days at sea searching for the wreckage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370). Their ships were also involved in the search for the Argentinian submarine ARA San Juan.

If you have any equipment that needs to be inspected, the SafetyLiftinGear team can help. We are qualified to inspect a wide range of lifting and handling products to ensure that they are safe to use - contact us today to discuss your requirements!

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Fork extensions on a forklift truck

Fork extensions offer a simple solution to the problem of an extra-large pallet or a load that is too large for your forklift truck's standard-length forks.

The fork extensions simply slide over your existing forks, adding a bit of extra length to better support the load. The extensions are secured with heel pins so they can't slide off when in use.

How to Calculate Fork Extensions

Before selecting your fork extensions, measure the width and thickness of your fork truck's forks. Then check the dimensions of the fork extensions to ensure they will fit. The extension length MUST NOT exceed 66% of the forks.

You MUST refer to the fork truck manufacturer's manual to ensure you do not exceed the loading capacity of the truck.

For any help or advice please contact our sales team, who are on hand to answer your questions.

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Man wearing full-face visor

UK businesses are beginning to come out of lockdown and get back to normal, but COVID-19 (coronavirus) is still a massive concern across virtually all sectors. Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we offer a variety of protective products to help companies keep their workers safe and stop the virus from spreading.

One such product is the Life Gear FS002 Comfy-Fit Adjustable Face Shield. These protective visors cover the whole face, minimising the wearer's risk of getting infected or infecting others via microscopic respiratory droplets.

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G-Force safety harness

Our G-Force safety products are incredibly durable, but it's still important to take good care of them.

The maximum lifespan of G-Force safety harnesses (and other G-Force textile products) is 10 years. However, the actual lifespan of your harness will depend on how and where you use it - try to avoid exposing your harness to sharp edges, corrosive substances, extreme temperatures and other harsh environments.

Here are some more care and maintenance tips to help you maximise the lifespan of your G-Force safety harness:

  • Read the instruction booklet that came with your harness and follow its recommendations.

  • Store your gear properly in a well-ventilated area. Do not leave your harness in direct sunlight or lying around on the floor. Keep it away from damp places where mould may develop.

  • If you wish to mark your harness for identification purposes, make sure you only mark the labels and/or the comfort parts of the harness. Do not mark the product in a way that might reduce its integrity or interfere with the functionality of the harness.

  • We recommend wearing disposable coveralls to protect your harness if there is a chance that it will be splattered with paint, oil, etc. Use scissors to cut a hole in the coveralls and pass the lanyard through this hole.

How to label a safety harness

How to clean your safety harness

Keeping your G-Force harness clean will make it easier to inspect and help to ensure that any markings on the product (e.g. identification, standards) remain legible.

To clean your safety harness, follow these steps:

  • Wash the harness in lukewarm soapy water (30 °C maximum, pH neutral).

  • Next, rinse the harness thoroughly with fresh tap water.

  • Stubborn stains can be cleaned with a small brush.

  • Alternatively, you can clean your harness in the washing machine (30 °C delicate synthetic setting, no detergent, no spin cycle). We recommend placing your harness inside a thick cloth bag to protect the machine from the metal parts of the harness.

  • Do not wash your harness with a high-pressure water sprayer. Avoid using any cleaning products besides household face/body soap - stronger products may damage the nylon harness.

  • Once your harness is clean, hang it on a line to dry. Keep it away from direct sunlight, radiators, flames, etc.

If you have any further questions about your safety harness and how to look after it, please feel free to contact SafetyLiftinGear's customer service team.

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Man on broken garden chair

Our polyester webbing slings are designed to support heavy loads during lifting operations, but a customer of ours in Hampshire recently put them to a slightly different use.

Tony Hutchings, a chartered architect, was enjoying the sunshine on Easter Monday when his favourite garden chair collapsed under his weight - one too many Easter eggs, perhaps!

But instead of replacing the chair, Mr Hutchings got creative: he ordered a pair of our 1 tonne webbing slings and used them to strengthen the chair, making it safe to sit in once more.

Garden chair

Here's what he had to say about the service he received from SafetyLiftinGear:

"I ordered the straps the day after Easter Monday - they arrived the next day and are now installed on my seat. The usual use of these slings might be a little different to my use, but with a 1 tonne weight load limit they should keep me safe for many years to come! Great service during difficult times."

We wish Tony and his newly-rejuvenated garden chair many more afternoons in the sunshine, and we hope you are all staying safe at the moment!

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