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  • The Strength and Durability of Industrial Grade Beam Trolleys

    A beam trolley is used to suspend a hoist from an overhead beam, enabling it to travel up and down the beam with ease. They are mainly used in industries where heavy loads need to be transported from one side of a warehouse to another whilst simultaneously minimalizing the degree of sway.

    Different types of beam trolleys

    Beam trolleys come in several different variants depending on the size of the load you need it to support. Light duty beam trolleys tend to be push trolleys. These are powered manually, and movement is achieved through pushing against the load. For heavier loads, geared trolleys are more typically used. Geared trolleys are typically operated with a standard 15-foot hand chain drop although other hand chain drops are available. You can also get electric powered beam trolleys. These are powered by an electric motor and operated through a pendant control. They are particularly useful if you need to transport loads over greater distances.

    Safety factor

    Industrial grade beam trolleys are graded on their safety factor which determines how much extra capacity beyond their expected load they are able to carry. Industrial grade beam trolleys are typically designed with a safety factor of 5:1. This means they can carry up to 5 times more capacity than their predicted load and are suitable for both manual or powered hoists.

    Selecting a beam trolley

    The type of beam trolley you opt for will depend on the weight of the load you need the hoist to carry and the overall width of the beam. You will also need to know the distance the trolley will be expected to travel as well as the minimum curve radius. The trolley wheel tread should be able to run smoothly and negotiate every curve of the beam with ease. Motorized trolleys are also available in standard as well as special speed configuration of . They are rated in feet per minute travel.

    If you require extra protection for your beam trolley, then corrosion or spark resistant versions are available. Anti-drop plates also ensure extra durability and act as wheel guards preventing excessive damage when contacting end rail stoppers.

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    Beam trolleys such as this one from Corso are popular purchases

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    Purchasing beam trolleys through Lifting Gear Direct

    Here at Lifting Gear Direct, we offer a variety of industrial grade beam trolleys suitable for a wide range of applications and environments including standard units through to corrosion resistant trolleys ideal for damp/wet applications. If you need any help or advice choosing the appropriate product for your application, please give us a call on 01384 76961. Alternatively, you can get in touch through our contact us page.

     

  • General Data Protection Regulations 25th May 2018

    Regulations are changing and your security is very important to us. Information regarding what data we keep, its storage, security, access and retention can be found in our Privacy Policy. Please also see our Letter of Authority which can be found below. We would kindly ask that you complete and return these to allow us to hold and process your data for the purposes of current and future trading with your organisation.

    Please remember that you can withdraw your consent and for updates to the uses of your data any time.

    Your contact if you need any further information or would like us to remove any existing data we have is Stephen Shaw.

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  • Lifting Gear Inspections – What are they Exactly?

    Lifting equipment is used in a whole range of industries, from construction to engineering and shipping to mining. Regardless of the sector that it is being used within or the purpose it is being used for, it will be subject to a high degree of stress, strain and pressure.

    The equipment is designed for situations such as this, and is built to be long-lasting. Made from tough metals or other materials, and designed in the most modern and innovative way, your equipment will certainly stand the test of time.

    Lifting gear inspections

    It’s important to regularly inspect your equipment

    That being said, all equipment, whether it’s for the lifting industry or not, will suffer natural wear and tear over its service life. For this reason, lifting gear inspections are vitally important.

    Why carry out lifting gear inspections?

    There are two primary reasons that you’ll need to carry out lifting gear inspections. The first we have touched on above; your equipment is naturally going to degrade in quality during its usage for more updates click here . While it is designed to be long-lasting, no equipment can last forever!

    Abrasion, corrosion, and constant usage are just some of the examples of things that your gear will face during its service life. Many of these things happen gradually over time, and lifting gear inspections help to ensure that you can spot these things before they become a serious problem.

    But secondly, inspections are also required by the law too. You will find this referred to in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), which both fall under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. Obviously, this is an important piece of legislation!

    LOLER and PUWER

    Familiarise yourself with all relevant guidelines

    Both of these pieces of legislation require that all lifting operations are properly planned, and this involves using the right equipment that has been properly tested and inspected. As PUWER says, all equipment must be;

    ”safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and inspected to ensure it is correctly installed and does not subsequently deteriorate.”

    So, to ensure that you stay on the right side of the law and don’t face any unnecessary legal damages, you’ll want to regularly inspect your equipment! But, more so than this, you want to do it simply to keep your workers safe. Faulty equipment can cause serious, or sometimes fatal, harm, and lifting gear inspections are one of the best ways to prevent this.

    The two types of inspection

    There are two types of inspection that you must carry out on your gear. Firstly, inspections by yourselves. We recommend that you do this before each use, as this ensures that your operation will be as safe as possible.

    However, your gear is required, by law, to have a more thorough check every so often too. This should be done at least every six to 12 months, depending on the type of equipment that you have. Generally, loose lifting equipment such as shackles and eyebolts will be every six months, while all other equipment is every 12 months. It is recommended that this is done professionally, after which you will receive a certificate which deems the equipment suitable until its next inspection.

    We are able to perform this task for you, using our LOLER and LEEA approved engineers to carry out expert, professional checks and inspections. Should any problems arise during these lifting gear inspections, we will also be on hand to service the equipment or replace the parts.

    Give your gear a longer service life

    To ensure that your equipment passes its inspections, it is important that you keep it in a good working order at all times. There are some ways that you can help to prolong its service life:

    -          Always follow all guidelines given to you by your manufacturer

    -          Most important of these guidelines will be the safe working load (SWL) of your equipment, which you must never exceed

    -          Ensure that you only use your equipment in environments that are conducive to their longevity. For example, steel equipment is more likely to corrode outdoors than steel over a long period

    -          Store your equipment safely and in the right conditions

    -          Make sure that all equipment is used in the right way and by competent persons

    -          Handle your equipment with care and patience!

    These are just some of our top tips, but if you’re looking for more advice, please find our contact details below.

    Looking for more information?

    Want to know more about lifting gear inspections? Interested in hiring the help of the professionals? Just fancy a chat? We’re here to help you with everything that you need. Please feel free to reach out to us here.

     

     

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  • How Wire Rope Products Can Deliver ROI for Your Business

    A lifting operation generally involves many moving parts and pieces, and won’t rely on only one piece of equipment alone. For example, an operation will typically be comprised of a crane, a hoist, and a lifting medium. While the cranes and the hoists can vary greatly in nature, the lifting medium is generally almost always one of three types; chains, webbing slings, or wire rope. While of course there are other varieties, these are the most popular, and this product has simply grown in prominence in recent years. Here we have looked at how wire rope products can deliver ROI for your business.

    What is wire rope?

    Before we look at the specific benefits and advantages of wire rope, we want to briefly examine just what the equipment actually is. It resembles your typical nature fibre rope, with the difference being that it is man-made out of steel wires.

    Wire rope products

    These wire rope products have become incredibly popular

    It has a relatively long history that dates back to the 1830s. It was first invented by a German mining engineer who was looking for an alternative to steel chains which, at the time, he found unreliable.

    Wire rope is constructed from several metal wires which have been wound together to form strands. These strands are then woven around each other, as well as a strong central core, to create the final product. This makes a strong piece of rope that isn’t simply reliant on one strand or wire, but a strong piece of gear where the pressure and strain of a load is spread throughout multiple metal wires.

    Thanks to this innovative construction, wire rope products have become more and more prevalent in recent years. But how can it help to deliver ROI for your business?

    The benefits of this type of equipment

    One of the most common ways to measure ROI is how long will your equipment last? When making your initial upfront investment, you want to know that you are going to get a relatively long and useful service life out of your wire rope products. Luckily, this equipment is designed to provide you with usage time and time again.

    It can also be used in many areas where other items of lifting equipment can’t be used. For example, hazardous environments or outdoors. This is because this product is designed to resist corrosive and harmful elements. This allows you to complete more than one operation with the same piece of equipment.

    Wire rope corrosion

    The products have a good level of resistance to corrosion and rust

    And, to further highlight this point, you may not be surprised to learn that wire rope is used in dozens of industries around the world for hundreds of applications. Whether it’s performing lifting or lowering tasks, or maybe it’s to be used as internal structuring for buildings, wire rope can be utilised in more ways than one by your business.

    Ready to supercharge your business with wire rope products?

    As you can see products that use this equipment are extremely useful for many businesses today. Not only are they long-lasting, but they are highly versatile, meaning that companies can see a return on investment in more ways than one.

    We have several types of products here at Lifting Gear Direct, such as our wire rope hoists or wire rope winches, as well as our extensive range of rope on its own, complete with additional end fittings.

    If you would like to hear more about how this gear could benefit you and your business, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us here.

     

     

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  • Crane Scales – Massively Important for Lifting Safety

    For anyone operating with lifting equipment, which can be in a whole range of industries, lifting safety will be at the forefront of your minds. Whether it’s huge industrial operations, or it’s just small one-time jobs, proper precautions and safety measures must be in place to ensure a smooth and accident-free operation.

    Because of this, a range of additional tools and gear have been created to help those planning these operations to make them more safe. Crane scales are one such type of tool, and we’ve have explained their importance below.

    What are crane scales?

    Crane scales are a type of load and force calculation equipment, and are used to help prevent workers from overloading their lifting apparatus beyond its capabilities. This is one of the main reasons for injury, and so its crucial that it is taken seriously.

    Using crane scales

     

    Loads can come in a wide range of weights and it’s important to factor this into any operation

    A crane scale is a type of weighing device that generally features a scale, with an eye loop on the top and a hook on the bottom. The top eye loop allows the scale to be hooked onto a crane, while the hook at the bottom means that a load can be attached to the scale.

    This is done so as to test lift a static load to see exactly how much it weighs. A test lift is conducted by lifting the load just off the floor, and will then provide an accurate reading on weightage. With this information, you will know whether your crane is suitable to the task or not, as you will have been provided with a safe working load (SWL) by your manufacturer.

    The most common usage for this equipment comes in the shipping industry, particularly in ports and dockyards. This because the shipping containers often found in this industry will vary hugely in weight, and crane scales can quickly provide the accurate reading needed.

    However, it’s not just this industry where crane scales are popular, and you will find them in any industry where cranes and other pieces of lifting gear are present.

    Crane scales in the shipping industry

     

    The shipping industry is a heavy user of this product

    Crane scales are now highly modern, and you will find that they have easily readable LCD screens, and are constructed from materials that can work in hazardous environments. We have a range of this piece of equipment from different manufacturers and that operate in slightly different ways.

    To discuss these further and to find out which may be the right one for you, you can find our contact details at the bottom of this page.

    Why is lifting safety important?

    So just why are crane scales so important? Of course there is the more obvious point that they provide a complete accurate reading. This, in turn, will ensure that you keep your equipment in a good working condition, and that you keep your workers safe.

    But another reason is that the guidelines most commonly used for lifting equipment, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER), require all operations to be properly planned and safe.

    This means that it’s not only common sense to ensure all operations are planned properly, but it’s actually part of the law too. For that reason, it is best to do everything possible to stay on the right side of the law!

    Are you looking to make your operation safer?

    If you would like to discuss any of the above information, or would like to chat about how you can make your own lifting operation safer, then that’s what we’re here for! Please find our contact details here.

     

     

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  • The Benefits of Buying an Aluminium Gantry Crane

    A quick look at our lifting equipment product section will show you that we certainly aren’t short on offering our customers and clients a wide range of high-quality equipment. While this choice is great, we understand that sometimes it can be hard deciding which piece of equipment may be best for you.

    For instance, why choose an aluminium gantry crane over a standard steel mobile gantry crane? We’ve listed the main benefits and differences here.

    What is aluminium?

    To briefly cover the basics, aluminium is a metal. Steel is the most commonly used, but aluminium bears many similarities. For example, it can be melted and can conduct electricity.

    But, how is aluminium different to other metals? We’ve looked at its main properties:

    It’s lightweight

    One of its most desirable properties is that it is an extremely light metal, weighing roughly a third of that of steel. Despite its lighter nature, it is still a strong metal

    Resistance to corrosion

    Another of the most sought after properties of this metal is the fact that it has a natural protective oxide coating, which means that aluminium offers a great level of resistance to corrosion.

    Aluminium gantry crane

     

    Aluminium is a popular and widely used metal in many industries

    A reflective nature

    It’s a shiny metal, which means that it has a reflective nature. You will find that aluminium, therefore, is able to reflect things such as light and heat.

    Others

    It possesses other properties too, which aren’t necessarily applicable to the lifting gear industry, but we thought we’d include them briefly. These are; a good thermal and electrical conductivity, a ductile nature, a good metal to be recycled, and an impermeable and odourless nature.

    Our aluminium gantry cranes

    So, how do these properties translate into benefits for an aluminium gantry crane? You will find that this type of equipment is much lighter and more portable than its steel counterparts. And, given its higher level of corrosion resistance, it is also a much better piece of gear to use outdoors when there may be harmful elements at play.

    We offer a range of aluminium gantry cranes here, with lifting capabilities of 250kg right through to 2000kg. They are lightweight and foldable, meaning they can be easily transported around your worksite, or even between multiple worksites.

    We also offer optional extras such as levelling feet / parking jacks or winch kits. You can enquire about our equipment and optional extras below.

    Things to consider

    It is worth noting that in some cases it would be better to go with steel equipment. What aluminium offers in lightness and resistance, it loses in strength. While it is still a strong metal, steel mobile gantries have higher total capabilities than this type of equipment. For heavier duty operations, we recommend steel products.

    Looking for more information on a aluminium gantry crane?

    Want to find out more on this type of equipment and its benefits? We’re here to help. Please find all of our contact details listed here.

     

     

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  • How to Control Swaying of Loads in Lifting Operations

    With any lifting operation, there are many things that you need to think about and to consider. There are often dozens of moving parts and pieces involved, and there can be several factors involved with the planning of said operation. One factor that you must account for during the planning process is for the swaying of loads, something that can naturally happen during lifting. We’ve explained more on load sway below, as well as some tips on how you can control and prevent it. Continue reading

  • How to Choose a Winch Which Works for Your Business

    We have a range of high quality winches here at Lifting Gear Direct. As with many of the categories of products that we stock, we have a number of different items, each offering their own benefits and unique features. For that reason, here we have laid out a general guide to winches which will help you decide which is the right one for your business.

    What are winches?

    A winch is loosely described as a ”machine that lifts heavy objects by turning a chain or rope around a tube-shaped device.” This is a good definition to describe the equipment, but of course there are many different types and varieties on the market.

    Some winches can be mounted in different places, while others are more useful for towing operations rather than pulling. And each winch can be operated in a different way, and with different strengths too. So how do you decide between them?

    The type of application you need to complete

    The tasks that winches can complete can be easily divided into two general categories. These are lifting and lowering tasks, or pulling and tensioning tasks. For example, perhaps you simply need to lift and lower a load within a warehouse. Or maybe you need to pull a tree stump out of the ground; a common task within the forestry industry.

    Choosing a winch for your business

     

    A winch can be used to pull tree stumps out of the ground

    While most winches are capable at performing both tasks, some are better suited than others. Cable pullers are suitable equipment for all applications, while wire rope winches are more advantageous when it comes to pulling and tensioning operations.

    Manual, electric or pneumatic

    Another factor you’ll want to consider is how you wish to operate your winch. There are three main ways to do this; manually using your worker, pneumatically using air, or electrically using a power supply.

    Generally, manual winches will be less expensive than their counterparts, but will also place a greater strain on your workers. But, they are the best choice should you not have room for an air unit or a power supply.

    How you wish to mount your winch

    Another way in which winches operate in different ways is how they are mounted. They can be column, floor or base and wall mounted. It’s not necessarily about choosing one type of mounting over the other based on benefits, but more just how you wish to conduct operations. Although, of course, wall mounted equipment is a great way to make use of the space within your worksite.

    Need more help deciding?

    If you’re still unsure which is the right winch for your business, then no problem, that’s what we’re here for! We have plenty of experience within the industry and with working with a range of different sectors, so we are more than able to find suitable equipment for you. Please either give us a call on 01384 76961 or get in contact with us here.

     

     

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  • Height Safety Legislation and Standards in the UK

    Those operating within the lifting gear industry will find that working at height is often a common task that must be performed. Perhaps it’s at great towering heights on large construction projects, or maybe it’s just a few metres off the ground.

    Regardless of whatever height you are working at, it’s imperative that the right steps are taken to ensure that workers remain safe and protected at all times. For that reason, there are very clear and strict height safety legislation and standards for those operating within the UK.

    Working at height – what the law says

    The main legislation that you must be aware of that relates to this issue is The Work at Height Regulations 2005, which has been produced in order to ”prevent death and injury caused by a fall from height.” This is a lengthy piece of legislation which is best summarised within the document Working at height, A brief guide. We will summarise this brief guide here.

    First, it is important to note that working at height is defined as conducting ”work in any place where, if there were no precautions in place, a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury.” As you may agree, this definition doesn’t seem entirely definitive, as it doesn’t specify an exact height. But, in some ways, it doesn’t need to. Technically, a worker could fall from a very short height, and if they land awkwardly, could still cause great harm to themselves.

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    Ensure that you are familiar with all relevant legislations and standards

    For that reason, it’s better that you be over cautious when applying these regulations to your own business. You don’t want to leave yourself liable for any issues further down the line. Always use common sense when approaching any situation. There will be times when personal protective equipment (PPE) isn’t needed. But, just remember that being over cautious is the better approach!

    The guidelines also lay out some advice for before you work at height. They suggest that you avoid working at height wherever it is possible to do so; complete as much work from the ground as you can. Should you not be able to avoid doing so, then try and use any existing places of work to complete the operation. Should this also not be possible, then minimise the distances of the height as much as you can.

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    Our height safety kits can help

    You must also ensure that only “competent” persons are involved in the planning and conducting of these operations. These are defined as people who have the skills, experience and knowledge required to complete the task. Alongside this, you must take into account other factors, such as the weather, the place that is being worked on, any loose materials around the site, and conducting a thorough risk assessment and rescue plan beforehand.

    The key takeaway on height safety legislation

    These are the main points of the legislation that you must remember:

    -          Previously working at height was defined as above 2 metres. Now, it is simply where one could fall and cause harm. This is a rather loose definition, so is one you must be extra cautious about!

    -          It’s important that you have carried out a risk assessment before your operation. You must also have a rescue plan in place as well. You mustn’t rely on the emergency services as they may not be able to arrive in time

    -          Ensure that all staff and workers are fully trained in the use of height safety and fall protection equipment

    -          You must regularly inspect any equipment that is involved in this operation, to ensure it remains up to the highest standards

    How can we help?

    So, how can we at Lifting Gear Direct help? While we play no part in deciding legislation in the UK, we do play a part in helping to uphold certain standards. For a start, all of our equipment is professionally and expertly manufactured, ensuring that it adheres to only the highest standards. It is also produced in accordance with all relevant guidelines and laws.

    Working at height

    Working at height

    And while we might not decide on legislation, we know what it says. We take all relevant laws and legislation seriously, as of course you should, and so we are more than ready to offer you our advice and knowledge on the subject. If you want to discuss your lifting operation and how the height safety laws might affect it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

    Finally, we can help by providing a range of height safety equipment. We have various kits, containing everything from small items such as hooks, right through to large access platforms. All of this equipment has been designed with only the highest standard in mind. For more on these kits, please read our blog article on the subject here.

    Would you like to find out more?

    We hope that the above information has been useful in teaching you more about the various rules in place surrounding height safety in the UK. We also hope that you’ve been able to take away some useful information on how you can help to protect your employees and workers.

    Should you wish to discuss any of the above further, then we would be more than happy to help. Please either give us a call on 01384 76961, or get in contact with us here.

     

     

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  • 8 FAQs About Lifting Slings

    Lifting slings are one of the many types of lifting equipment products that we offer here. As you can see from our site, we have 12 different categories of lifting equipment alone, so you’d be forgiven for sometimes wondering which may be the best for your operation!

    For that reason, here we have put together a handy little guide, focusing on eight of the most frequently asked questions that we receive about lifting slings.

    #1 What are lifting slings?

    Perhaps the most obvious question, and one which the more knowledgeable of you in the industry already know the answer too, but an important question nonetheless. The term is a broad one, applying to a large category of equipment. But, essentially, these are tools that “consists of cable, chain, rope or webbing and is used in conjunction with a life or crane in order to facilitate lifting the load”

    Lifting slings

     

    An example of one type of lifting sling

    In this way, they are similar to others pieces of lifting gear, such as hoists. The difference comes from the benefits they offer and the way that they are used, which we will cover separately below.

    #2 What are the benefits of using this equipment?

    Generally speaking, this equipment is more lightweight in nature. That means that it is more portable, and easier to work with. It also means that it is more flexible, and so can be utilised in different ways with various loads while causing minimum to no scratching or abrasion damage.

    #3 What are the different types of sling?

    The main types of lifting sling that we manufacture and stock are:

    -          Round

    -          Web

    -          Disposable one way

    -          Fibre rope

    -          Wire rope

    For more information on each specific type of equipment, please refer to our product page here.

    Fibre rope

     

    Some lifting slings are made from fibre rope

    #4 What laws apply to this gear?

    Although lifting slings are different to other types of lifting equipment, the same rules and regulations still apply to them. The most important of these are the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER).

    To summarise, LOLER requires that any operation involving lifting slings have been properly planned, and are supervised and operated by knowledgeable and competent workers.

    #5 Should I use webbing slings or round slings?

    A common question that we get asked is whether one should use a webbing sling or a round sling. While this will change depending on your operation, generally speaking round slings are endless, while webbing slings have a loop at each end.

    #6 What is the colour coding system for slings?

    Some slings, particularly webbing slings, have a universal colour coding system to quickly show what weight they are capable of lifting. This is:

    -          Purple – one tonne

    -          Green – two tonnes

    -          Yellow – three tonnes

    -          Grey – four tonnes

    -          Red – five tonnes

    -          Brown – six tonnes

    -          Blue – eight tonnes

    -          Orange – ten tonnes

    It’s important to note that not all lifting slings will have this colour coding. Instead, it’s crucial that you refer to, and abide by, your manufacturer’s guidelines, which will be supplied with any equipment that you purchase.

    #7 Why is polyester used for some slings?

    Polyester is one of the most common materials used for many types of sling. The reason for this is that it is lightweight, flexible, highly durable, and suited to operate in many types of high grade, hazardous environments. It also offers a low cost and high resistance alternative to many other materials on the market.

    #8 What are some applications for this lifting gear?

    There are many applications for this type of gear. Just some of these are listed below:

    -          Lifting and lowering tasks

    -          Towing and pulling tasks

    -          Creating hammocks

    -          Creating slacklines

    -          As rescue gear and safety harnesses

    Do you have more questions?

    We hope that the above information has been useful in helping to answer any questions that you may have about lifting slings, what they are, and when they should be used. However, if you can’t find an answer to your question, then we’d be more than happy to help! Please just reach out to us here.

     

     

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