Due to increasingly stringent legislation, anyone using mobile lifting gear has to take safety into consideration. With the use of ladders only regarded as a last resort, hiring cherry pickers or scissor lifts is the more common route. Any employer providing lifting equipment for colleagues to use at work must be aware of the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment (‘LOLER’) regulations governing how this equipment should be used and how often it should be examined. The LOLER Regulations cover such lifting equipment as cranes, lifts, hoists, chains, ropes, slings, hooks, shackles, eyebolts, rope and pulley systems, and forklift trucks, plus second-hand and leased equipment. One way to ensure your lifting equipment complies with the law is to either hire it or lease it. Operator training is essential for everyone using lifts and lifting gear.

This article was first published in the August 1st 2022 issue of Warehouse & Logistics News, subscribe to the magazine by clicking here.

Over the next six months, the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) will be launching a new suite of training courses as part of the Association’s Academy 2.0 Project. EUG (End User Guidance) was the first course to arrive, on 7 July 2022 – Global Lifting Awareness Day #GLAD2022. On 2 August LEEA’s all new Foundation Certificate training course – FOU (Global), will be available to all members on subscription. Konecranes has received an order from the Matadi Gateway Terminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for four hybrid RTGs. These will be the first hybrid RTGs operated in Africa by the Congo River in the city of Matadi. As a world first in the container handling industry, Konecranes now delivers hybrid and electric RTGs to customers as carbon neutral.

Three 5-ton capacity overhead cranes have been installed at a JR Automation / Setpoint facility where the design, engineering, and integration of robotic systems and custom amusement attractions occurs. Overhead crane and hoist manufacturer R&M Materials Handling Inc. and its distributor Hoj Innovations, of Salt Lake City, UT combined to deliver a solution for a recent expansion project. For this specific project, 5-ton capacity top-running, single-girder crane kits were provided by R&M Materials Handling Inc. and installed by its distributor, Hoj Innovations.

Hiab has teamed up with five firms across the UK to develop the next generation of drawbar vehicles for crane offload of building products, with two prototype construction vehicles now in operation at H&H Celcon Borough Green site. Hiab’s remote-controlled X-Hiduo 158B-2 loader cranes were selected thanks to their speedy operation and innovative Hiab HiConnect technology, which provides real-time insights into equipment utilisation, operation, and condition. HiConnect provides data that can be used to actively optimise performance and safety and avoid unnecessary downtime, while web- based dashboards with clear and simple overviews provide status monitoring, service planning, and help improve the operation of each unit and operator.

It’s excellent to witness lifting equipment being rolled out to clients, while at the same time safety is being maintained through adequate training courses.

George Simpson

Features Editor

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