Tips for the Safe Use of Vacuum Lifters

Vacuum lifting equipment is extremely useful for handling heavy or unwieldy loads. However, it is important that it is used safely. Here’s a quick overview of the general rules for the safe use of vacuum lifting equipment.

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The Highs of DIY – Staying Safe

DIY jobs can involve working at height. Painting and decorating, window cleaning, gutter repairs, clipping hedges, pruning trees – all can have you dangling off the end of a ladder and wondering “Is this really such a good idea?”

Here are six simple tips for keeping yourself safe.

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Safety Tips for Operating Vacuum Lifting Equipment in Winter

As the summer disappears and the winter weather approaches, it’s time to consider how to use your vacuum lifting equipment safely out on site, regardless of the conditions.

Here are some tips on how to keep calm and carry on lifting, whatever the weather.

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Lifting Equipment 101

If your trade means that you are regularly working outdoors, it is important that you are fully kitted out with the appropriate lifting equipment. Having good quality and reliable equipment will ensure that your loads are safely lowered and lifted, whatever the outdoor conditions.

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Ensure Your Loads are Safe with a Crane Scale

When operating lifting equipment, it is imperative that you are aware of the weight of your load – particularly when lifting cumbersome or heavy loads – and with good reason.

Cranes, hoists, slings and other types of lifting equipment all have their own safe working load, which is a limit on the total weight they can safely lift without negatively impacting the equipment, running the risk of damaging the load or even being a risk to the health and safety of the operative.

Oftentimes, common sense will dictate that a load is safe (for example, lifting a small load of polycarbonate chairs on a crane or hoist capable of lifting in excess of lifting 500kg). However, there will be instances when it’s not entirely clear whether a load will be within the Safe Working Load limits – which is where crane scales come in.

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The Importance of Personal Protective Equipment in Construction

When working on a construction site, and when working at extreme heights, the safety needs and requirements of all workers is incredibly important. To keep everyone protected, workers and employers must ensure that personal protective equipment and related safety kits and machinery is on site and used accordingly. It is very important that lifting equipment conforms to current safety standards and that users are safe while operating and using this equipment.

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Hand Chain Lifting Hoists – A Quick Guide

There are lots of available options when you are considering what type of lifting equipment you require to perform your chosen task. If you are considering the use of chain lifting hoists, then there are several questions that you need to ask before choosing the right chain lifting hoist and using it correctly.

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What To Look For In a Lifting Equipment Provider

From time to time, your company might need to invest in professional lifting equipment. This could be to give your employees better health and safety protection when they’re out on jobs or, if you don’t normally use lifting equipment on a regular basis, for a specific, standalone job.

In some cases, hiring lifting equipment instead of buying it outright is the better way to go. By hiring lifting equipment, you only pay for what you need and you don’t have to worry about storing it or forking out for maintenance and repair costs.

That’s why going to a lifting equipment supplier can be a good idea. But how to spot a reputable one? Here are three things to look for when hiring a lifting equipment specialist.

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Your Guide to Lifting Equipment Regulations

If you’re working on a job that requires lifting equipment, it’s worth knowing that there are a number of regulations in place designed to make your job as safe as possible. The regulations, which came into force in 1998, are often called LOLER, which is short for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations. To help you get a handle on the regulations, we’ve put together a quick and easy guide explaining the rules and how they affect your work…

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Are There Advantages to Hiring Lifting Gear?

Quality lifting equipment is one of the best investments a company can make when employees’ safety is at risk. However, this doesn’t always mean it has to be purchased. What if it is for a one-off, specialist use? Or your business doesn’t normally need lifting equipment? In both cases, you need to store the items for future use, and there’s the cost that’s involved as well as maintenance to ensure it remains fit for purpose.

For more frequent use, the maintenance, repair, storage and eventual disposal may just simply be one cost and a headache too many. There are benefits to renting lifting equipment instead of buying, and you should weigh these up carefully when considering the best option for your organisation.

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