ATEX Chain Hoists

ATEX Chain Hoists and Trolley are rated for safe use in environments where explosive mixtures of combustible gases, dust, and air may be present.

Highly suitable for a wide range of operating environments, our ATEX Chain Hoists are often found in chemical production plants, waste disposal sites, metal processing works, refineries, and gas suppliers, as a precautionary measure that is legally required in order to reduce potential sparking.

At LES, we offer a huge range of ATEX-rated Chain Hoists, Trolleys, and Electric Winches to suit a wide variety of applications from 125kg up to 50,000kg (50 Tonnes) capacities. Many of our options are available from stock, while others are bespoke manufactured to order.

As with all of our products, we only supply the best, from the most reputable brands including Yale and Stahl. If you would like to discuss your options, please contact one of our fully trained Sales Team today.


Our range of ATEX spark-resistant chain hoists and trolleys are available in Zone 1, Zone 21, Zone 2, or Zone protection levels, providing optimum anti-sparking protection where required.



The acronym ATEX stands for 'Atmosphere Explosible.' It also refers to two European directives that are in place to control explosive atmospheres. These are 'ATEX 137' or the 'ATEX Workplace Directive', and 'ATEX 95' or the 'ATEX Equipment Directive.'

When purchasing an explosion-proof chain hoist, it is the 'ATEX 95' directive that will be most relevant, as this details the use of equipment in potentially explosive atmospheres.



ATEX Zones 1 & 2: Hazardous Gas, Vapour, and Mist Environments. Zone 1 atmospheres are considered to be more dangerous than Zone 2.

ATEX Zones 21 & 22: Hazardous Dust Environments. Zone 21 atmospheres are considered to be more hazardous than Zone 22.



If you manufacture or handle goods in an environment where the risk of sparking could cause an explosion, a risk assessment should identify this risk. Should you be operating in the following environments - chemical and petrochemical plants, oil refineries, gas power plants, wastewater treatment plants, paint shops, and food manufacturing - you will need to use an explosion-proof chain hoist.