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Ever wondered how to operate ratchet straps? My name is Will Dunn, I'm the Sales Director for LES and it is my pleasure to present to you the best practices and solid tips on how ratchet straps work. I will guide you through the different available ranges, styles and formats. From small 'disposable' assemblies to larger 75mm webbing capable of securing loads up to 5000kg/5000daN (or 5Tonnes).

Most often the case is that Ratchet Straps are really simple to operate, there is a misconception that I aim to break down and show you that they are not hard to use, you just have to learn to use them- perhaps that's the hard way? Who knows. What I do know is that our range is so simple to specify and even easier to use, read more to learn something new today! Once you learn, you won't forget it- I can promise you that.

Green Pin Shackles come highly recommended, favoured by riggers and those who are reliant on quality and reliability in tough conditions. The premium branded Lifting Shackles are manufactured in The Netherlands to the very highest standards.

Van Beest who manufacture the Green Pin range of shackles have been doing so for the past 90 years and continually invest in their processes and as well as in research and development of new and existing products for further refinement. Offering a range from 0.3T-1550T provides a scope for all application sizes, every Green Pin Shackle is fully CE compliant and shipped with certificate of conformity.

For further information on our range of Green Pin Shackles, please contact our friendly sales team or view the range here.

Wire Rope Hoists are one of the most important components of gantry cranes and overhead cranes. Winch inspection and maintenance determine the life and functionality of your cranes and so you should make sure that you keep a regular winch maintenance plan in place. UK laws advise a service every 12 months at the very least, and more if the crane is used often. This will allow you to avoid costly repairs or replacement-related expenses in the future. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that you clean your winch immediately after a muddy or wet ride. When you use your winch quite often, you have to invest proper time in cleaning it.

Winches that remain caked in mud for a long time are more likely to wear out compared to the ones that are used less frequently and stored in dry places. However, winches that are not used frequently may still become dirty. In such cases, you may consider investing in winch covers. Neoprene winch covers are especially useful as they are made u...

Pallet jacks are used to lift loads that would usually demand the effort of multiple workmen for being lifted. The use of pallet jacks not only saves labour costs and time, but it is also a safe alternative for workers who need to lift hazardous materials. Surprisingly, many employers allow pallet jacks to be operated by untrained and unsupervised workmen, which make workers and onlookers vulnerable to injuries. When a worker in your facility operates a pallet jack, he should make sure that he uses protective gear, such as gloves, and steel-capped boots. Additionally, the use of safety eyewear is recommended if a job involves the transportation of hazardous chemicals.

There are certain precautions that you should adopt to ensure safe equipment use. It is not a good idea to operate the machine beyond its lifting capacity or to defy lifting instructions during loading and unloading operations. Ensure that you move the load slowly so that you can avoid incidents if your envir...

Industrial settings that use steel sheets as part of their operations may need special types of equipment to transport the steel sheets from one location to the other. While the same job can sometimes be done manually by engaging several workmen, the approach may invite serious issues in terms of hazards. Additionally, it will also require the employer to invest additional amounts for the purchase of employee-safety gear. Some sheets will be large and they need to be supported from both the sides during transportation and under such cases, the operations become more efficient if manual labour is replaced by the use of lifting devices.

Plate clamps, plate hooks, and magnets are the three main devices that are commonly used to lift steel sheets. Plate clamps appear in three designs that promote the lifting of steel sheets in vertical, horizontal, and specific positions. Usually two or more plate clamps are used together and they are sometimes complemented by the use of a spr...

Jib Cranes can be tricky to understand how to use, we offer a range of training courses designed to provide on-site operator education which in turn prevents accidents and injuries. Take a quick look at this post to understand a few of the key factors involved in Jib Crane safety.

The George Taylor 1800 Kg Hydraulic Furniture Mover promotes easy transportation of objects, allowing you to move loads in a safe and efficient manner. This set of hydraulic furniture mover slides smoothly under safes, machinery, cupboards, and containers and this is what makes it a highly preferred option to facilitate lifting and transportation operations.

The device comes equipped with a hydraulic lift system that can lift up to 1800kg of load and notably, it can even raise the load up to a height of 250 mm from the ground. Each hydraulic mover features two 6-inch poly wheels that have the capability to move the load smoothly across flat surfaces. Notably, the equipment comes with handles that promote easy management.

The best part is that the George Taylor 1800Kg Hydraulic Furniture Mover straps can be adjusted to match the needs of specific applications. These devices are designed to save a lot of labour and you can use them to move objects that you pre...

Swing jib cranes are versatile lifting devices that can be used for diverse purposes. There are certain parameters that you should take into consideration when you purchase a swing jib crane to make sure that the device justifies your investment and purpose. The weight of the item as well as the distance that it will cover should be measured appropriately in order to identify the crane that will suit your purpose. Additionally, you may also need to consider the lifting height if you think that obstruction may be a considerable factor. This may differ depending on the available area and other factors such as the beam height and the load height. Sometimes, a safety margin is added to make sure that the load is transported safely.

Swing jib cranes come with various rotation options. The swing jib crane can be made to cover a designated area by installing a rotation stop that can restrict the degree of movement of the crane and minimise the probability of human error that...

In any industry, whenever a lifting job needs to be performed, some type of lifting sling, which is used with a lifting device, is required to undertake a lifting operation. Lifting slings are used to attach loads to the lifting devices and they come in various forms with specific slings being considered appropriate to lift specific types of loads. Among the different lifting slings that are commonly used across diverse industries are disposable one-way slings, web slings, fibre rope slings, chain slings, wire rope slings, and round slings.

Disposable one-way slings are usually used to lift an object and load it into a vehicle. The slings are disposed once the object is removed from the vehicle and sent to the destination. Flat web slings are commonly made out of nylon as well as heavy-duty polyester, but polyester web slings are a better choice as they are not only resistant to certain acidic substances, but they also have lesser elasticity compared to their nylon counter...

One of the most overlooked components to an electric hoist setup is the power supply. With many thinking that electric hoists come with a power cable like a computer, with single phase hoists this is the case. However with three phase industrial hoists this is not the case. There are reasons surrounding this, but the biggest reason is that most of the time these hoists are being incorporated as part of an existing system or crane system where there is already a supply in place or a specialist supply will be implemented. This is where Festoon Cable Systems provide the ultimate cost effective solution.

A Festoon System runs is essentially a cable management system which feeds power (and control if desired) to the hoist and manages the length when the hoist traverses to avoid any snagging or bunching which could get in the way of the hoist and cause damage as well as posing a risk to the operator. A section of c-rail is suspended from the top flange of the same beam that the ...