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How to Maintain your Lifting Equipment

In this day and age businesses are regularly reviewing their outgoings to ensure they continually receive value for money on everything they spend, but one area where most can’t afford to cut back is when it comes to the maintenance and servicing of equipment.

In order to ensure workplace equipment does not deteriorate to the extent that it may put people at risk; employers, the self-employed and others in control of work equipment are required by The Provision and Use of Workplace Equipment (1998) (PUWER) to keep it “maintained in an efficient state, in efficient order and in good repair”.

The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) also requires equipment to be maintained to a good and adequate level in order to keep the users safe.

Remember, here at Slingsby we offer service, repair and refurbishment of all electric platform trucks, tugs, stackers and pallet trucks that we sell.

Service contracts can be purchased on an annual or bi-annual basis and comprise of an inspection, minor adjustment and lubrication to BS4430.

We can also provide training such as the certified POET (Pedestrian Operated Electric Trucks) courses.

For further information, call 0800 294 4440 or visit www.slingsby.com

REAL LIFE STORIES

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How Leeds General Infirmary Pushed For Change.

The issue of manual handling is a major concern for many hospitals and Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) is not unique in the issues that it faces on a daily basis. One such problem was the difficulty in transporting the cleaner’s mops to the laundry rooms; on some days there can be up to 3,000 mop heads which need to be taken from the wards to be washed, which when wet, are extremely heavy. The hospital is split over 3 sites and built on a hill so until recently this required 2 people to be pushing around a wheeled container all day. LGI MOVEX handling product at Slingsbylooked into options to solve this and opted for the Electric Drive Power Tug that is designed to pull, push and steer wheeled loads of up to 1,000kg with hardly any effort from the operator. Here at Slingsby, we adapted the tug to fit the container truck that they put the mop heads in and because it runs on rechargeable batteries, it can be run all day without any problems. The tug is extremely manoeuvrable and allows just one person to do the job, so it will pay for itself by freeing up a second employee to do other jobs.

Handling guide with SlingsbySafe Manual Lifting & Handling

Manual handling can be described as lowering, lifting, pulling, pushing, holding, restraining, carrying, throwing or handling.

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 (as amended) set no specific requirements such as weight limits, as this can often be too simplistic a view of the problem and may lead to incorrect conclusions.

However, the diagram below shows the general guidelines and gives an idea of when a risk can occur, but it’s important to take into account other factors which can change the maximum safe weight - such as how high an object will need to be lifted.

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An ergonomic assessment based on a range of relevant factors is recommended to be used to determine the risk of injury and point the way to remedial action.

The Regulations establish the following clear hierarchy of control measures:

1. Avoid hazardous manual handling operations so far as is reasonably practicable, for example by redesigning the task to avoid moving the load or by automating or mechanising the process.

2. Make a suitable and sufficient assessment of any hazardous manual handling operations that cannot be avoided.

3. Reduce the risk of injury from those operations so far as is reasonably practicable. If the risks identified can be reduced by using mechanical aids, you should do so, for example a sack trolley or hoist. Where this is not reasonably practicable, look at ways of changing the task, the load and working environment.

For further information visit the Slingsby Health, Safety & Legislation Section.

Which do you need?

Take a look at the following product highlights, which illustrate the main differences between the types of handling products on offer. It might help you to make a decision on which product would be most appropriate for your needs.

Hand trucks and platform trucks available at SlingsbyHandtrucks - Designed for everyday handling of smaller items, which will fit on a footplate. They are often available with puncture proof tyres if they are for use on uneven ground.

Platform Trucks - Designed for moving bulkier items which are too big for a small footplate. Multi-function trucks are also available which combine the virtues of handtrucks and platform. trucks.
Pallet trucks and container trucks available at Slingsby

Pallet Trucks - Ideal for moving heavy palletised loads. Different options include powered, high-lift and versions with built-in scales for weighing.

Container Trucks - Designed for moving irregular shaped loads where load containment is paramount.
Dollies and shelf trolleys available at Slingsby

Dollies Used for low level loads which would often overhang a traditional platform truck.

Shelf Trolleys Primarily designed for moving and storing lighter loads or multiple items. They come in a range of materials including easy to clean models which are great for hygienic environments.

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