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Dos And Don’ts Of Lifting Safely.

Do:

  • Use only certified lifting equipment, marked with its safe working load, which is not overdue for examination.
  • Keep the reports of thorough examination as well as any declarations of conformity or test certificates.
  • Make sure the load is properly attached to the lifting equipment. If necessary, securely bind the load with ratchet lashings to prevent it slipping or falling off.
  • Before lifting an unbalanced load, find out its centre of gravity. Raise it a few inches off the ground and pause, use packaging to prevent sharp edges of the load from damaging slings and do not allow tackle to be damaged by being dropped, dragged from under loads or subjected to sudden loads.
  • When using jib cranes, make sure any indicators for safe loads are working properly and set correctly for the job whilst ensuring the machine is configured appropriately.
  • Use outriggers where necessary; when using multi-slings make sure the sling angle is taken into account; have a responsible slinger or banksman and use a recognised signalling system.

Don't:

  • Use unsuitable equipment, e.g. makeshift, damaged or badly worn chains shortened with knots, kinked or twisted wire ropes, frayed or rotted fibre ropes.
  • Exceed the safe working load of machinery or accessories such as chains, slings and grabs.
  • Lift a load if you doubt its weight or the adequacy of the equipment.

Lifting Equipment at SlingsbyLifting Equipment Guide

The Basics Of Lifting Equipment.

Lifting gear covers a huge range of load lifting equipment including cranes, hoists, gantries, lifting tables and other accessories, so choosing the right product for your needs can feel like a complicated process.

Obviously your budget will play a big part in the decision, but often cutting costs on lifting equipment can end up costing more in the long-run. Ultimately the right product should improve both safety and efficiency and more often than not, stringent legislation that covers the use of lifting equipment will play a part in your choice.

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) is the key legislation and demands that equipment must be sufficiently strong, stable and suitable for the proposed use. Under the regulations, lifting equipment may be subject to regular statutory inspections which is another factor to bear in mind.

The regulations place responsibilities on the people and companies who own, operate and have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations where employees use lifting equipment, regardless of whether or not the organisation owns the equipment. In many cases, lifting equipment also falls under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) which relates to the suitability of work equipment.

In addition, most lifting equipment should be appropriately CE marked and have a Declaration of Conformity (DoC), which should always be kept in a safe place.This also includes equipment that is solely powered by human effort.

All lifting equipment should be clearly marked with the Safe Working Load (SWL), which is the maximum load the equipment is designed to lift.

Positioning lifting equipment in a workplace is another key consideration. Wherever possible lifting equipment should be sited where there is minimal risk of the equipment or load striking a person, drifting, falling freely or being unintentionally released.

Because every piece of kit has its own intended job and limits, it is essential that it is always used in the correct manner and maximum thresholds should never be exceeded. Finally, before any lifting operations take place the process should be planned, supervised and only carried out by people with relevant training.

Which do you need?

Hoists, Winches and Cranes at SlingsbyTake a look at the following product highlights, which illustrate the main differences between the types of lifting equipment on offer. It might help you to make a decision on which product would be most appropriate for your needs.

Hoists and Winches - Used for everyday lifting and pulling of equipment, usually on an assembly line or for bench work. They can be manual or powered.

Gantries and Lifting Accessories at SlingsbyCranes - A versatile and economical range of cranes to lift and move machinery, equipment and tools.

Gantries - A rigid frame for positioning over loads for chain blocks to be attached to. Ideal for gaining extra height when lifting.

Lifting Accessories - Slings, hooks and chains for use when lifting larger or bulkier objects and for attaching securely to your choice of lifting equipment.

What's New?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (1998) (LOLER) is supported by the Safe Use Of Lifting Equipment: Approved Code of Practice (ACOP).

As recommended by Professor Löfstedt’s independent review of health and safety legislation `Reclaiming Health And Safety For All’, it is proposed that this ACOP will be revised and updated, to clarify the scope of the regulations and make it easier for duty holders to understand what they can do to comply with legal requirements.

This is due for publication by the end of 2014.

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