Following the Government’s recent announcement of measures designed to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, warehouse operators are concerned about the examination of equipment that is subject to statutory inspection time limits. The Health and Safety Executive enforces several pieces of legislation that contain requirements for time-bound statutory inspections, including the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 and the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998. Operators have a legal responsibility to maintain work equipment and carry out thorough examinations, written schemes and statutory inspections. These legal duties exist to help manage the significant hazard that the failure of such equipment can pose. Not complying with these duties can significantly increase the risk of harm to workers and members of the public.
This article was first published in the April 15th 2020 issue of Warehouse & Logistics News, subscribe to the magazine by clicking here.
Lifting specialist Konecranes has said its top priority during this period of great uncertainty is the health and safety of its employees and their families, its customers, and the communities it operates in. The company is following the guidance issued by both global and national health authorities as well as governments. It has adopted measures including restricting travel, working from home and increasing employee spacing at work sites. On the operational side, Konecranes is fully committed to supporting the business continuity of its customers, some of which are playing critical roles in ensuring the uninterrupted flow of essential goods such as food and medical supplies. The company is monitoring developments and carefully planning operations to mitigate the pandemic’s impact where possible.
In September 2019, Konecranes introduced three new lifting products – the S-series rope hoist, the C-series chain hoist and the M-series winch crane. These products have reinforced the company’s portfolio with multiple innovative features. Design updates make lifting more precise and powerful, significantly reducing wear and tear. The S-series crane features Konecranes’ new barb free, synthetic rope, which makes load carrying simpler and safer. It does not require lubrication, which can result in reduced maintenance costs for the rope drum and sheaves. The trolley and reeving arrangement reduces wheel loads by up to 45% compared with previous hoist generations.
Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) has received over 4,500 orders for lifting, rigging and safety equipment since returning to the UK market three years ago. The company offers a breadth of lifting and rigging solutions, including hoists, jacks, material handling and safety systems. Sister business Rotrex Winches has one of Europe’s largest hire fleets of winching equipment, ranging in capacity from 100kg to 200t.
Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd (RSS), a supplier of lifting and rigging equipment, secured a partnership with JD Neuhaus (JDN) in mid-2019 and has since offered its pneumatic and hydraulic hoists, crane systems, and components. JDN’s Mini air hoists include a motor housing made from uncoated cast aluminium, in addition to stainless steel chain, chain inlet, load sleeve and hooks.
All of which demonstrates that the lifting specialists are serving with excellence, while never forgetting to put safety first.