Provide Your Workforce with Safe Lifting Equipment Well Suited to Required Tasks
Lifting equipment refers to a number of items of machinery, including the likes of hoists, forklift trucks, cranes, mobile platforms, pallet trucks, hydraulic stackers, hydraulic lift tables, express skates, and crowbars on wheels. This equipment is often used for loading and unloading merchandise of various sizes and weights.
Lifting equipment is not just used for convenience, but actually required in many workplaces. The use of such equipment is due to the potential for serious injury or death to workers. But, that’s not all. The right equipment will boost productivity, streamline processes, and reduce the possibility of stock and merchandise sustaining damage while being handled.
In today’s business world, health and safety regulations are taken seriously. By using the wrong equipment and tools, a business can be in violation of the Health and Safety Act, which can result in penalties, potential business closure, and in some instances, even litigation.
It is important that employers take every reasonable precaution to protect workers, and provide them with the tools required to actually carry out their tasks. In the material handling industry, it is important to ensure that if you task an employee with lifting heavy objects to manually unreachable heights, the correct equipment is supplied. Of course, you cannot simply invest in lifting equipment and make it available to your workforce. You have to spend time on educating and training your employees to make correct and safe use of the equipment. This is essential. Even the simplest items of equipment present the potential for accidents and injury, so employers must safeguard both themselves and their employees against this.
When investing in lifting equipment, here is what you need to make sure of:
- Always ensure that you investigate the loading capacity of the units that you are interested in. It is never advised to overload lifting equipment, even if it is “just once”. This can result in serious injury to individuals, and damage to property and equipment.
- Lifting equipment has to be maintained and serviced regularly to ensure safety and longevity. Repairs and maintenance should only be carried out by professionals in the field. Temporary repairs should never be made. Have a schedule of maintenance in place, and carry out regular tests and inspections on the equipment.
- Make sure that you select the correct equipment for the lifting task. It’s not advised to substitute one item of equipment for another.
Lifting Equipment for Sale at CasLad
It’s always a good idea to have a selection of lifting equipment available on site. Instead of just one pallet truck, perhaps you need two. Or you could combine a pallet truck with a stacker, to make tasks simpler, and to boost productivity. If you aren’t sure which lifting equipment is best suited to your particular work environment, chat to one of our friendly and knowledgeable consultants who will assist you. At CasLad, we endeavour to help our customers with the heavy lifting, with a range of lifting equipment designed to make tasks easier and safer. Take a look at our range:
- Hydraulic Pallet Trucks: these have a load capacity of up to 2 500 kg and come with a reliable, durable pump. Their robust construction makes them suitable for any environment.
- Hi-Lift Pallet Trucks: these units combine a lift table and pallet truck, and have a load capacity of up to 1 000 kg.
- Manual Hydraulic Stackers: these stackers can lift to a height of 1,6 m. The units are available in various load capacities, including 1 000 kg, 1 5000 kg, and 2 000 kg.
- Mobile Hydraulic Lift Tables: these lift tables are operated manually by foot, and are available in load-bearing capacities of 350 kg, 500 kg, 650 kg, and 1 000 kg.
- Heavy-Duty Express Skates: these skates are typically required to move heavy machinery and equipment, and are available in load-bearing capacities of 20 t, 30 t, and 60 t.
- Crowbars on Wheels: these are used for manually lifting heavy equipment and machinery.
- Forklift Safety Cages: these cages can comfortably lift two workers with tools, and have a max load-bearing capacity of 350 kg. The cage itself weighs 110 kg.
If you are looking for any of these items of lifting equipment, we warmly welcome you to get in touch with us at CasLad. Simply give us a call or send us an email, and one of our friendly consultants will assist you with further information and placing an order.