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I must apologise, I have slightly neglected the blog for a couple of weeks probably leaving you all in great suspense!

You are probably wondering what is going on in the Lifting Equipment world, mostly because there is not a lot of people that report about it, however, you are in the right place!

Check out these crazy Lifting Equipment Accidents, don’t try this at home!…

 This guy in Oregon managed to tip his Genie Lift right over, most probably due to moving about a little too fast with the boom extended too far, he was found out cold by the emergency services on 12.08.2013.

 

This next one shows poor storage of Lifting Gear, check out how this guys boom knocks a guy clean out!

Watch it here! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYE61fe4YoE

-Always secure your Lifting Equipment!

One thing is specifying what your chain hoist must do, another is ensuring that it can be used safely. Both are vital. Get one wrong and you could end up costing your company a wedge of money or worse, a fatal injury.

Safety first!

Before you even begin to question specification for a hoist you should firstly seek the help of a structural engineer. A structural engineer will be able to assist you as to where the hoist can be positioned. If running on a beam the engineer will be able to tell you how big and what type of beam you require in order to lift the desired rate. So to an extent, yes you do have to think about specification, but only brief details such as the maximum capacity to lift.

Am I lifting above heads?

If the answer to this question is YES, then you need to be very careful and ensure you are sold the correctly rated hoist(s). When hoisting above peoples heads (usually in a theatre) by law the hoist is required to conf...

Over the last few years or so it has been normality among the users of pallet trucks and across the industry that “When they’re gone, they’re gone” pallet trucks became so cheap that when they break it can be cheaper to buy a new one then buy the spare parts, wait for them to arrive, fit them only to find something else wrong with it requiring more parts and more time, it was simple; buy a new one!

Sadly this is no longer the case for any pallet trucks manufactured in China (which is probably 85% of brands out there). This was implemented after February 14th when the European Commission of Trade Protectorate self-initiated an Anti-Dumping investigation into the import of hand pallet trucks from the peoples republic of China, this also included the main parts of the truck such as the pump and chassis to avoid people trying to import the parts and assemble them in the UK (nice trying!!).

Pfaff Silberblau Pallet Truck

On Febru...

110v and 230v single phase electric chain hoists are only available from A handful of manufacturers at a higher price than normal three phase options.units with one phase are usually sold into the hire market for use on building sites and residential areas where three phase power supply is not available.

There are several complications that can occur when choosing a single phase hoist, a couple things to consider are the distance the hoist will be from the supply and the supply itself, to startup and run these units require a lot of power and it is recommended that all single phase units have their own dedicated power supply in order to ensure that sufficient power is supplied to the machine. Further issues such as two speed operation are not an option with single phase, not are entertainment hoists with a double brake as the secondary brake requires a direct phase for power. Electric travel beam trollies are also not an option with most manufacturers, CM L...

Today a new feature is being rolled out across the website, ‘Important Information Stickers’ displaying important information will be appearing in the corner of some products to bring you vital information and interesting facts that will help you decide on your purchase.

 

In the Lifting Slings section we have introduced a sticker that shows all Webbing and Round Slings feature a 24-48 hour lead time before despatch.

Other stickers will feature most popular items ‘Best Seller’ and discounts such as ‘10% off’ as well as ‘Lowest Price’ variations.

We hope that this new feature will assist you in the buying of your Lifting Equipment and make the process easier for both buyer and seller. This will happen with ease, showing the buyer where the best offers are, keeping them informed about any possible delays as well as saving the seller (us) some time in not having to respond to phone c...

When supplying Height Safety Equipment the vendor cannot help but feel concerned for the users safety, we feel that your safety is in our hands, there for we must provide the best quality safety equipment available to ensure that when used correctly our users are efficiently protected against a serious accident when working at height.

Our main manufacturers that we distribute height safety equipment for are Yale and Tractel. Two market leaders in the height safety market, their ranges of harnesses both have their unique differences and specialist products. Both brands are very similar in terms of price and quality.

Tractel Safety Harness EN361 EN1497

Yale provide a well respected, popular range of Safety Harnesses from single point up to four point with special features like quick-connect and extra large harness options, the Yale range also features some unique harnesses such as the rescue harness and rigging harness.

Tractel o...

Many of our orders are processed for export by our team of fully experienced sales staff who deal in the export of our goods on a daily basis.

When choosing us for your Lifting Equipment export requirements be assured that you are getting the very best prices. We use up to five different freight companies to quote for your shipping needs via air, sea, road or train. Lifting Equipment Store promises to offer the most competitive export rates.

Our services go beyond simply arranging collection of goods, we also take care of specialist packing requests if required such as heat treated pallet boxes for deep sea and air freight of heavy goods.

Certificates of Origin, attested invoices and customs clearance are also just some of the export services we provide.

For more information of our fully comprehensive Lifting Equipment Export Service please contact the sales team.

Export to many means by sea, in a large shipping container with a long delivery time. Not to us. Export to us also means FAST. And by fast we mean Air Freight Export.

Our specialist export team are fully competent when it comes to air freight of goods on a global scale. Many customers require goods urgently and more often then not the case is that they would actually have liked the goods yesterday! This is where we can assist your company in saving time and money.

Many customers believe that they are saving money by using their own freight forwarders when in fact they are losing out! Having to arrange your own freight can be a costly event in time and money, especially if you do not export regularly, then freight companies try to take advantage of you by charging higher rates.

TNT Air Cargo Loading

When our team handle exports we only ship on the best price, we use a handful of well established freight companies which we use on a regular...

Bottle Jacks are a type of universal jacking device that can be used in a countless number of lifting applications and are most commonly found in car boots to help one change a tyre roadside. The compact dimensions make them ideal for including in automotive tool kits and easy to store.

The Bottle Jack operates by lifting a steel ram with hydraulic pressure that is built up in the cylinder by operating the hand pump, as this raises the cylinder the load will be lifted. In order to insert the jack there must be sufficient clearance, should this be limited a Toe Jack might be a good alternative option.

There are so many types of Bottle Jacks on todays market and we offer one to suit every budget, big or small. Our best selling range is the Yale brand which are manufactured from top quality materials and are built to stand up to intense operation. The Yale range offers Bottle Jacks with a capacity up to 50 Tonnes which makes them ideal for all types of applicat...

Pewag 2 Leg Chain Sling With Self Locking Hooks

Our services go beyond just the items we supply online and the basic specifications, if you have something out of the ordinary the chances are we can help you. All of our Chain Slings and Lifting Chains are made to order and we can custom manufacture your chains to the precise specifications of your design and incorporate specialist end fittings such as Container Lifting Lugs, Shackles, Chokes, Grabs and much more.

At this current time we only offer grade 8 chains for sale online however we do offer grade 10 and 12 Pewag Lifting Chains offline so please feel free to call for prices. Each assembly is provided with a certificate of conformity and a copy of the safe instructions for loading.

Lifting Equipment Store ship Lifting Sling Assemblies worldwide and can arrange shipping and export paperwork on any order to any country!

Our prices are competitive but do not be fooled- we only supply the ...

Bottle Jacks- the neat small but mighty everyday lifting solution made up of a hydraulic ram and ‘pump’ mechanism, Bottle Jacks can be manufactured to lift up to 60 Tonnes which as I am sure you can appreciate is big enough to lift up most cars (and lorries) on the road.

Many cars these days are already equipped with a basic type of jack, sometimes a bottle jack but often a very difficult to use and flimsy jack, why not replace it for something that is easy to use, reliable and safe such as robust Bottle Jack which will save you time and effort when changing that wheel when your in that mad rush to get to your board meeting without time to wait for road-side assistance. -It happens all the time, or maybe your off road or stuck in a rut somewhere, a small and cost effective bottle jack could save your hours and a fortune in expensive recovery costs, idea for the DIY lover and anyone concerned about safety when on or off road.

We offer an extensive rang...

Round Slings Manufactured in the UK

Simple flat web slings are made from 100% polyester, a strong durable material which also has benefits that a chain or wire rope cannot offer due to its type of material, fabric slings are much softer and lighter than chain or wire rope. Simple soft webbing slings will not scratch or dent your load, neither will it rust or weaken with age (unless subject to corrosive environments). A webbing sling also includes reinforced becket style eyes (other eye styles are available upon request). All slings colour co-ordinated to indicate the safe working load or capacity.

Round slings are even softer than flat webbing slings and does offer reassurance to cause less damage to your load (if any at all) so it’s perfectly suited to lift smooth or polished objects. Even though they look weak a round sling is very strong, and features very low stretch and it’s the most cost effective sling on the market right now! They come in ...

Fall Arrest and Fall Restraint Equipment- What’s the difference? This is a very common question we hear almost everyday, there is a fine line but one to very much consider before making any purchases of height safety equipment or lanyards.

Fall Arrest Equipment- is used when there is a risk of the wearer falling at height, a fall arrest lanyard or block will include a shock absorber of some form which deploys and breaks a fall when it occurs.

Fall Restraint Equipment- is used to restrain a wearer from having a fall, the idea is to secure the user to an area of protection and prevent them from being at risk from a fall. In simple terms for example if there is a flat roof one would use a restraint lanyard to prevent the user from reaching the edge and there for restrains the user from a risk of falling. This type of equipment is not to be used to arrest a fall and could result in serious injury.

For more information on our range of Fall Arrest ...

Lifting Equipment Store offers every type of GreenPin Shackle on today’s market. Our Dee and Bow shackles are Dutch manufactured to the highest standards, while we can provide a specific design for a specific application. In most cases, a chain or Dee shackle is used on one-leg systems, while an anchor or bow shackle is mainly used on multi-leg systems. Our range of GreenPin shackles stretch from 0.33 Tonnes to 1500 Tonnes.

The GreenPin polar shackles are designed for use in extreme climatic conditions, while we have ROV and spring release options available, depending on our clients’ individual requirements. No matter what type we supply, it’s advised that the pin is correctly screwed into the ‘eye’ and hand tightened using a suitable tool.  Side loads should ideally be avoided (as the rated load will be reduced), while a bow shackle must be assembled with the slings in the body, and the hook connected with the pin. It’s also ve...

Lifting magnets are ideal for lifting and transporting loads from one location to another and can be controlled locally or remotely, this blog will provide a few essential notes of advice on selecting a lifting magnet.

You may think choosing a lifting sling is as easy as choosing what sandwich you will eat for lunch today, you're wrong. Choosing a suitable lifting sling involves several factors which are outlined in this article, factors that is not considered could cause serious consiquences, learn the difference between slings and how they hold up against their rivals.

Selecting a trustworthy lifting equipment supplier is important, always ensure you are buying from a well known retailer that will supply relevant certifications and documentation with any rated equipment. Branded items such as Yale, Raptor, Steerman, Tiger, Kito etc. and all brands sold by Lifting Equipment Store are complete with relevant documentation or certification where required.

Why is ISO 9001 significant for you as a customer?

ISO 9001 was recognised around the world as a set standard for Quality management systems (QMS). It is the most vastly used QMS standard on the globe because of its highly set standards which have high customer satisfaction benefits. Millions of licences have been issued to industries all over the world. This represents how the business you’re buying goods/services from have been recognised to hold all of the traits for excellent service and consistent product satisfaction. Companies offer a ISO certified training programme for businesses to send their employee’s to. Here at LES we have sent our employee’s to be trained which provides them with the correct way to help run a business to make it as efficient as possible with giving the best possible outcome of customer service.

ISO’s benefits are as follow...

The snow is back again but we're on it! Forget about clearing snow by hand, you're wasting your valuable time. But luckily us good guys at LES have a solution. No, we can't change the weather, but we can provide you with the right ammunition for the battle. Learn why we made the wise investment in purchasing one of our hottest products right now and why you should follow suit.

Considering a new hoist? Unsure whether to make the jump from manual to electric? This article written by our Sales Exective; George Dunn, delves in to the basic advantages and disadvantages of both. 

Explore the differences and alternatives available, the considerations one should make and the potential concerns of making the wrong decision. Be sure to always think with longevity, safety and efficiency in mind.