Choosing the Right Lifting Equipment for Your Material Handling Needs

Lifting & HandlingImagine if your job placed a huge amount of physical stress on you. Imagine having to deal with aches, pains, and exhaustion just because of your job! Nowadays, it is the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that jobs don’t negatively affect the workforce. If equipment, techniques, and systems can be introduced to minimise the stress and physical exertion required by the job, then they should be acquired and implemented.

Industrial and commercial work environments place physical stress on the human body. Workers who have to move and lift heavy and awkwardly sized products will find their jobs tiring and time consuming. It is important to provide your workers with useful items of machinery and equipment to ensure that tasks can be carried out quickly and without health risks. It is not just about providing the right equipment, as staff members must also be trained to use the equipment correctly. With the incorrect equipment, your staff members can break products, damage equipment, and even sustain physical injury. Because of this, business owners are expected to put time and effort into selecting the lifting equipment that is best suited to the tasks at hand.

When comparing the various items of lifting equipment for sale at CasLad, take some time to learn more about each of the options available. You can learn a great deal about our range by chatting to one of our sales consultants. Consider the capacity and functionality of all the equipment for sale before making a final decision. Remember to check out the following when choosing lifting equipment for your business:

  • The lifting capacity of the material handling equipment. It is considered poor practice to overload equipment and expect it to remain reliable and safe to use for an extended period of time. Overloading equipment can be unsafe, as it can cause damage to the unit, as well as result in injury to operators and others in the work environment. Make sure that you know just how much your average loads weigh, so that you can invest in equipment with the right load-bearing capacity. In most instances, it is advised that you buy equipment that can lift a little more than you need, just so that you don’t outgrow your lifting equipment too quickly.
  • The size of the equipment. Most material handling equipment is light and compact, but some of the units are bulkier than others. If you have to work in tight, awkward spaces, make sure that the size of your equipment doesn’t limit this.
  • Is the lifting equipment easy to use? This is an important question to answer. It is important for the lifting equipment you choose to have easy-to-use operations. All staff members must be trained on the safe and responsible use of equipment. Safety should be a top priority for your business.
  • The power of the equipment. Lifting equipment can be powered in various ways. To boost productivity, hydraulic and electronic lifting equipment is preferred. Manual lifting units are still a good choice, but are not best suited to very busy environments. The quicker the job can get done, the better it is for your business.


What Comes Next?

Your responsibility doesn’t end once you have bought your material handling equipment. In fact, it’s just the beginning! Once you have bought the lifting equipment that you need, maintenance should be a top priority. Many people think that the biggest expense when it comes to buying lifting equipment is the initial outlay of capital, but it’s not. Repairs and replacements are far costlier, so it is best to ensure that you keep the unit in the best possible condition all along the way. Implement a checklist of things to be tested and checked on a regular basis. Also, make sure that any issues or malfunctions are reported and promptly attended to as they arise.


Buy Lifting Equipment at CasLad

If you are looking for affordable reliable and best-in-class lifting equipment in South Africa, take the time to get in touch with us at CasLad. We have an extensive range of material handling equipment for you to choose from, and we will help you to make the right selection. You can send us an email or even give us a call to chat with us about our range and prices.