One of the largest users of lifting equipment around the world is the construction industry. This is an absolutely monumental sector, with hundreds of thousands of construction projects taking place at any given moment; whether it’s individuals building things in their homes or it’s huge, billion-pound contracts.

Interested in finding out more on how lifting equipment is used within the construction industry? Please read on below for more information.

How large is the construction industry?

There can be no understating it; this industry is huge. The term ‘construction’ relates to a number of varying projects, and often is also specified as mining, quarrying and forestry, as well as the building of infrastructure.

The construction industry in action

A great photo from the industry itself

In the UK alone, the construction industry is worth £110 billion annually, contributing a huge 7% of total GDP. It is also estimated that the global construction industry is set to be worth around $17.5 trillion by 2030, a staggering growth of 85%.

These, of course, are just predictions, but the industry just keeps growing and growing. There are plenty of new projects planned in the UK alone, such as the Crossrail or the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport. And with new developments happening regularly, there are always new, innovative construction projects taking place. Think things such as earthquake proof buildings.

At the heart of these projects, both past, present and future, is lifting equipment. Whether it’s huge industrial cranes that you see dominating our skylines, small gantry cranes to move items around a construction site, or even height safety equipment to protect workers, our equipment is such a crucial part to this industry. We’ve covered this in more detail below.

How is lifting equipment used in this industry?

There are many, many ways that this equipment affects the construction industry. It starts at the very beginning of the process for help in the creation of any of the items or building materials that may be used in the project.

Obviously some materials, such as cement, are mixed onsite, but items such as glass windows are created in a manufacturing plant, where lifting equipment is used to help keep the production lines going smoothly.

Then, on the construction sites themselves, they have dozens of uses:

-          The lifting and lowering of heavy construction materials such as brick through the use of cranes and gantry systems

-          The lifting and lowering of other construction objects, such as tools, again with cranes and gantry systems

-          They are also used to lift and lower people too!

-          Height safety equipment such as harnesses and protective belts; helping to protect workers who will be constructing at height

-          Beam attachments which find heavy usage with construction beams

-          Hoisting equipment which is utilised with cranes for the moving of loads

-          Plenty of lifting accessories are used to securely fasten down loads and aid in lifting operations

As you can see, there are many uses for lifting equipment. It’s helped to complete projects that we will all be more than familiar with, such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai or The Shard in London. It’s even been used as permanent fixtures in construction projects themselves.

Construction projects

Projects like these wouldn’t have been possible without this industry

For example, the long horizontal ropes that you see on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco is actually wire rope, a common piece of lifting equipment. This falls move into the engineering industry, although there is great overlap between these two sectors.

It’s safe to say that without lifting equipment, there wouldn’t be a construction industry. It’s helped to build the very building that you’re sat in right now reading this, or the train line that you find yourself on, on the way home from work.

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