A Brief Overview of LOLER

Lifting operations are associated with risks of injury and when they are handled in an inappropriate manner, they can invite additional costs to the company or people who are accountable for operational success and safety. To promote safe and efficient management of lifting operations, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) were enacted in 1998. These regulations apply to companies or people who own, operate, and supervise the upkeep of lifting equipment. Generally, employers are also required to abide by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER), which lays down the things that employers need to do to protect their employees in the workplace and as a matter of fact, proper upkeep of lifting equipment is one of those requirements.

The regulations require a competent individual to plan, handle, and supervise lifting equipment and lifting operations in an appropriate and safe manner. The LOLER also specifies that the lifting equipment should be fit for the purpose and it should be appropriately marked with maintenance and defect-related data being recorded in an accurate manner. The regulations apply to the operation of any equipment that is used in the worksite. However there are certain categories of equipment which are used in lifting, but are not considered as lifting equipment and hence, they are not subject to the provisions of LOLER. The use and upkeep of such instruments, including platform lifts, escalators, and stair lifts, is governed by PUWER.

Notably, the Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 specifies that employers as well as the self-employed are liable to ensure the safety of people who are not employed by them, but are most likely to be affected by their operations in some way. Therefore, businesses that permit the public to use lifting equipment are responsible for equipment maintenance and risk management and are required to abide by the strict terms and conditions of the LOLER and PUWER.

LOLER has also specified guidelines on the selection of the right lifting equipment. Employers need to make sure that all lifting equipment is installed in such a way that it reduces the risk of injuries which may arise when a load is unintentionally released or when a load falls freely or strikes a person. In addition, all lifting equipment and accessories need to indicate the safe working loads (SWL) that they can lift safely. In some cases, the SWL of an equipment or accessory may depend on its configuration and so the SWL information must disclose all configurations and the corresponding load capacities. Accessories should also bear indications to reflect the parameters that may affect their safe use. When lifting operations involve the lifting of people, employers need to hire specialists who can handle operations safely.

Planning lifting operations is crucial to ensuring operational safety. This will require staff to practise prudence and foresee risks before they translate into incidents. This can be managed through appropriate allocation of resources including human resources. The planning process may typically involve an attention-to-detail approach on a number of criteria including pre-use checking, overload, proximity hazards, environment, visibility, attaching and detaching loads, and equipment re-use. Simply put, the plan needs to clearly state the actions that may be needed at each step as well as the responsibilities that are allocated to personnel.

If you have any LOLER and PUWER Crane Servicing inspection requirements there are a huge number of companies all over the world who will undertake the inspection or service required to ensure that your company and equipment stay compliant while your employees and workers stay safe. Simply take a quick google search for those types of companies in your local area.

Fundamental Features Of The Genie® Superlift Advantage®

The Genie SLA Superlift Advantage is a material lift which is operated manually and is specially noted for its compact, portable design that allows the lift to be transported through standard single doorways. The lift comes with a number of components- a winch, base, and load-handling options and it can be loaded very easily in to a pickup truck or similar. The Genie® Superlift Advantage® is designed to lift up to 454 kg of material up to a height of 11ft and 5.5 inches and up to 295 kg of load up to a height of 26 ft. and 5 inches. Recognised for its versatility, the material lift can boost your productivity and add value to your investments.

The Genie® Superlift Advantage® offers an optional a straddle base that can carry wide loads and pass through narrow doorways. It has the capacity to straddle loads that have a width of 31.5-50 inches and to handle pallets that may have a maximum width of 48 inches. The presence of flat forks facilitates ground-level loading. The standard base comprises of a welded steel base that provides additional support and guarantees steady performance.

You do not need to use any tools to set up the lift and you can transport the lift to the operational state easily within a few seconds. You can move it through standard doorways in a vertical position without having to remove the load or tilt back the lift. It features a rear transport wheel assembly that facilitates movement on irregular surfaces. You can fold the legs and remove the attachments to store the lift in a convenient manner. Additionally, the lift comes equipped with a hold-down bar that secures the mast assembly during the transportation process and its roller wheels promote smooth movement in a stowed position.

What is more appealing is that the Genie® Superlift Advantage® comes with interchangeable attachments, which allow you to make necessary adjustments to handle a wide variety of loads. The design accommodates a number of fork options including standard forks, flat forks, adjustable forks, and fork extensions, allowing you to adjust the load capacity as per your requirements. You can use the Boom option to convert your lift into a mobile, vertical crane and the Pipe Cradle option to facilitate easy lifting of odd-shaped items. The lift comes with a patented telescoping mast system that is noted for its strength and rigidity. Additionally, the lift features a patented locking system in its captive stabilizer, which provides additional lateral support to lift heavy loads. The standard one-speed winch comes with a silent ratchet system and if you choose to upgrade to a two-speed winch, you can easily switch between gears to lift different loads without having to remove or re-attach the handles.

In a nutshell, the versatility of the Genie® Superlift Advantage® allows you to choose the base, winch speed, mast height, and load handling attachments so that you can easily configure your material lift to address your specific needs.

Choosing The Most Appropriate Platform Trolley Depending On Your Specific Requirement

platform trolleyWhile the main purpose of using trolleys at work sites remains the same, there can be unique needs that businesses may look to address. This explains why the use of platform trolleys has a wide and a varied scope and why businesses typically want to invest in customized trolleys that would match specific job requirements. The nature, weight, shape, and size of products that need to be transported should be taken into consideration in order to identify the most appropriate models that best serve your purpose.

A platform trolley is of high quality if it is constructed with a sturdy steel frame that has no sharp edges. Platform trolleys may have a width of 500 mm and a length of 600 mm and they may come with a carrying capacity that ranges from 300 kg upwards. Businesses can choose to customize the carrying surface depending on the nature of job. The base can be constructed with metal or wood. If you need to transport curved items, such as oil drums or bottles, you may choose to equip your trolleys with specially tailored cages. If you need to carry materials that have long lengths, you may choose to add racks to ensure safe carriage. If you think that you need to secure items, you may get a security cage installed to safeguard your items.

A customized platform trolley can come with sides added to it. The sides can be constructed with steel, plywood, mesh, or plastic and they can be hinged or gated depending on your requirement. The size and the nature of wheels of your platform trolley depend on the type of surface that the trolley is supposed to be used and the weight of the materials that the trolley needs to carry. If you need to transport heavy loads, go for trolleys that have wheels constructed with cast iron and polyurethane treads. If your trolley needs to be used on uneven surfaces, select trolleys that come equipped with air-filled pneumatic castors. More sensitive environments may demand the use of nylon or anti-static castors. Platform trolleys come with the same braking system as we find in an airport trolley which requires us to push down the handle so as to release the brake.

Reputed manufacturers may offer you quality add-ons that may enhance your operating experience, helping you capitalise on your investment.

Lifting Shackles- a riggers best friend

Green Pin ShackleHave you ever looked at a construction site and wondered in amazement how huge loads are hoisted several hundred feet above the ground?
A closer look will give you a hint about how this is possible. Lifting and rigging equipment is made up of several complex components, each of which plays a critical role. Among the most integral components are lifting shackles.
They aren’t the largest devices, but lifting shackles play an important role in all kinds of rigging. They are made of a thick piece of metal that is curved or shaped like a ‘D’ or bow-shaped, like Ώ’. Lifting shackles usually have a pin or bolt across the opening. Depending on the length and the purpose of their use, a screw pin can be used or the more secure nut and bolt option which can be reinforced with a locking mechanism.
Shackles are typically used to connect the lifting device such as the hoist or rigging equipment with the object to be lifted. They can be used in a variety of hoisting, rigging and pulling applications. Because they are used as a connecting device, they need to be extremely strong to withhold weight on both sides and must be checked regularly for safety and maintenance.
An experienced rigger needs to be aware of how to use a shackle safely to ensure that the weight of the object being hoisted is balanced properly on the shackle and shackle does not tilt at an angle while an object is being lifted. The right kind of design makes all the difference in ensuring that a shackle works correctly. The most common designs are the ’D’ shaped and bow-shaped shackles, but it is also possible to have shackles shaped like a triangle or with a very long and narrow ‘U’ curvature.
The sturdiest shackles are made from super strong carbon, alloy or high-grade stainless steel. Depending on their size and composition, they need to meet US Federal certification guidelines. If the rigging equipment is being exposed to corrosive material or is being used in extreme heat, shackles that can withstand these environmental conditions must be used. Shackles used for lifting can bear weights up to 1000 tons or slightly more.
Typically, lifting shackles need to be inspected by a competent authority at least once every six months to check for their integrity and safety. Shackles should also be stored carefully and care should be taken to ensure that the pins and bolts in a shackle fit correctly and the threading is not damaged with each use. Deformed shackles should be discarded and no attempts should be made to weld or repair them or replace pins or bolts from another shackle.
Shackles are an integral part of rigging equipment and an experienced rigger counts on them to do all the heavy lifting.

Moving Machinery With Load Moving Skates

Load Moving Skates are one of the most handy tools you can possess when considering moving a large machine or object such as a cabinet/piece of furniture. Making light work of moving loads up to 100Tonnes short-medium distances but suitable for moving light loads too, machinery skates offer a versitile solution to load moving.

When moving a machine such as a CNC machine one would usually take a large purposely tested roller pinch bar (up to 5000kg) and carefully push the load slightly from the ground to enable an assistant to place a low entry toe jack under the machine in one corner, then repeat the opposite side of the machine.
Secondly two people then jack both of the jacks up high enough to slide the Load Moving Skates in to position, one can then release pressure from the jacks to safely lower the machine down on to the bed of the front steerable skate. Repeat the same on the opposite side, the correct method would be to perform this lift with 4 toe jacks however many people take the risk of using only two jacks. (You should always use 4 jacks).

There are many types of Toe Jacks available on today’s market varying from standard low entry models, adjustable toe jacks where the toes can be conveniently tucked away or moved and rotational Toe Jacks which as you can imagine rotate.

Replacing Load Chains or Wire Ropes

If you operate any type of hoist or crane you will know that a brief daily inspection of equipment is simply just safe practise and should never be disregarded. One day it is likely that your daily check will reveal excessive wear on the hoists wire rope or load chain, this requires action sooner rather than later and that action is to replace the rope or chain.

Many believe that you can simply order the same diameter rope and length expecting it to work or the same gauge chain expecting it to run. If only life were so simple! These cheeky hoist manufacturers want your business and they want it again and again! So they specially manufacture chains and ropes for their hoists and sometimes place rights upon that design. Playing carefully the manufacturers never release enough information to manufacture the rope and there for forcing the customer and middle man to buy from the manufacturer the official rope or chain.

This of course has its ups and downs- the manufacturers tend to take advantage to the fact that they are the only place you can get replacements which means sky high prices for end users, however should something ever go wrong you will usually have the backing of the manufacturers warranty which is not effected with the use of genuine parts. Be safe not sorry, always use genuine replacements, if somebody tries to offer you different- you have been warned!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from Lifting Equipment Blog!

Yes- this is majorly late but here it is…MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

May 2014 be a positive year for all of our readers and regular commenters, we appreciate all of our support throughout the year of 2013, it was a remarkable year for all of us.

This year will see further posts in to the latest and greatest Lifting Equipment Blog featuring Do’s and Don’t’s of the Lifting world, cranes for sale, safety precautions and advice, the latest legislation and much more.

We hope that you enjoy our content and we are welcoming guest bloggers for 2014! Please contact our webmaster for more information.

-Have a great one!

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This can include ‘How to Do’s’, User Guides, Tips & Tricks, Safety Advice, Product Offers and pretty much anything else you can think of, if you are a serious blogger I will not have to detail the benefits that this can bring both parties in terms of linking and growing a presence online.

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How Do Machine Skates Work?

Machine Skates or sometimes referred to as Load Moving Skates are very easy to operate, they work by distributing the weight of the load up to 100 Tonnes over the surface of the skate, underneath the skates surface there are specially engineered castors or ball bearings that allow the skate to move and with some models, turn.

Most people use Toe Jacks or a Roller Crow Bar to lift the load or machine enough to slide a skate into place. Once the skate is in place the Jack or Crow Bar is lowered in order to release the load on to the skate for ease of transport.

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Most loads require three skates, two rear skates that connect via a bar to ensure they remain in line with each other and one front steerable skate which includes special steerable wheels to enable the load to travel around corners and be more manoeuvrable.

Machine Skates are used in a variety of other load moving applications such as for loading containers, machine movers can also move pallets and pallet boxes that are too heavy for standard pallet trucks!

Drum Lifters & Their Uses

An astronomical amount of goods are shipped and transported in various types of drum. Steel drums, poly drums, stainless drums and many other types of drum are ideal for robust protection of easily damaged items like tomatoes or provide high security for chemicals and fuels. One thing they all have in common is they are heavy! Too heavy to lift! 

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And there it was; the light bulb moment- the drum lifter was born! But it wasn’t just that simple, there was more than just lifting a drum, there was a requirement for transportation, lifting, stacking and turning. There is pretty much a drum lifter for every application available from Lifting Equipment Store.

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Need to handle multiple drums using a forklift truck for transport over larger distances, faster, unload and load quicker?- no problem take a look at our specialist forklift drum handling attachments. Our range features drum lifters designed to load and unload drums from pallets, hydraulic and manual drum trolleys, stackers, lifters and rotators, all at the most competitive prices on the market! (Find a better price and we will beat it if we can!)


Our abilities also extend to supplying top quality UK made ATEX Spark Resistant, Stainless Steel and various other specialist drum lifters and handling equipment to the Nuclear and Gas industries. Challenge us today!