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.

Rain

One of the most dangerous conditions to attempt lifting in is rain. In order for the vacuum lifting equipment to form a good suction onto the product, the surface must be dry and clean. If the surface is wet, a sufficiently strong seal won’t form, and the product could fall.

Windy Weather

When the weather is very windy, it’s important that operators use vacuum lifting equipment with caution. Although some items such as glass panels can be quickly and easily lifted under normal conditions, they can easily be caught by a stray gust of wind, making controlling the lift extremely challenging to say the least.

You should not allow your operatives to attempt to lift anything with vacuum lifting equipment when the wind speed exceeds 18mph as this can put both your products and your employees in danger.

Excessive Cold

Although the UK does not usually experience exceptionally cold conditions during the winter, the temperature can occasionally plummet to below freezing. Vacuum lifting equipment can be safely used in temperatures from 400C right down to 0C, but caution should be exercised when the mercury slips below this.

When the air temperature is below freezing, water droplets can become frozen inside the vacuum filter, and this can prevent the vacuum lifting equipment from forming a good suction onto the item being lifted. If the suction slips, the lifter could drop its load, risking injury to operators and damage to the product.

Hook of a mobile lifting crane

Problem Prevention and Safety

During the winter months, you must keep your vacuum lifting equipment in an indoor storage facility where it will remain warm and dry. To be safe, always have your vacuum lifting equipment regularly inspected and serviced. For more information or to arrange a maintenance visit, why not get in touch with our helpful team of experts today?

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