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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...

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...

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...

We are very proud to be introducing our new ranges of Tractel and Yale Height Safety Equipment which includes everything needed to remain safe at height from Safety Harnesses to Fall Arrest Blocks and Anchorage Devices.

We chose to introduce these two super premium Height Safety brands first to bring you equipment designed for specialist applications as well as standard everyday equipment such as lanyards with carabiners big enough to anchor over a scaffold tube or harnesses designed for rescue, we aim to offer the best quality and the biggest range at the lowest prices. As always we promise to do our best to beat on price and if we don’t, challenge us!

Tractel Harness Kits

Tractel are a hugely popular brand within the height safety world, consider them the Mercedes of the Height Safety world. If Tractel don’t offer it- it probably doesn’t exist! A harness for almost every type of activity at height, check out the HUGE ...

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 ...

Investing in sturdy height safety equipment is completely essential for anyone who could be at risk from falls. We often hear of cases where people have been killed or injured because they have had an accident whilst working at height, and a lot of the time it is completely preventable.

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...