Lifting gear equipment has become one of the most useful types of equipment around the world, and serves us in more ways than we may think! However, it has a side that you must watch out for too!
As we said, this equipment has found uses all around the globe. It is used in dozens of industries for a whole range of applications. Thanks to lifting gear equipment, we have seen the completion of projects that may have been previously considered as impossible! Think the Burj Khalifa, a 160-storey high building.
The term lifting equipment encompasses many items, from the huge tower cranes that we see dominating construction projects, down to small hooks, bolts and screws. While some are arguably more important than others, each plays its own special role in helping to build our homes, manufacture our consumer products, and even deliver food to our tables.
Fantastic buildings such as these have been completed thanks to this gear
It’s safe to say that the good side to lifting equipment is that it has played a part, in some way, in almost every single aspect of our lives!
The drawback to working with lifting gear equipment is that many pieces have been designed with only one purpose or function in mind. This means that you can’t order one piece, and sit back while it completes all of your tasks for you!
Often, you must source multiple pieces of equipment that can work in conjunction with each other in order to achieve your desired result. Cranes, for example, provide the stable lifting apparatus for an operation, while some type of hoist must be used alongside it in order to conduct the actual lifting and lowering.
The ugly side will only show itself if you mistreat and misuse your handy companion! All lifting equipment will have a safe working load (SWL), which is the limit that your manufacturer has specified that you must adhere to at all times.
This limit is not the absolute maximum that your gear can handle, but it is the maximum that has been deemed safe by those that have manufactured the equipment. Failing to stick to this limit can have unpredictable, and potentially dangerous, consequences.
Not only can this expose the ugly side of your gear, but it can also leave you on the wrong side of the law too. You can find out more about the rules and regulations here: Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).
We manufacture and stock a huge range of lifting gear equipment, all suited for different applications and purposes. Alongside this, we have a number of pieces of material handling and height safety equipment too.
If you would like to find out more about the range that we have, or just to have a chat about the industry, then we would love to hear from you. Please get in contact with us here.