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Enhancing Workplace Safety: Precautions when Handling Lifting Equipment

Lifting EquipmentLifting equipment make work easy, manageable and less time-consuming. However, if not handled well, there will be a hefty price to pay. Some fatal accidents have been witnessed, with workers getting struck by swinging or falling objects and the collapse of the cranes. These dangerous occurrences could lead to serious injuries in your workforce as well as the general public. Despite these risks, it is possible to operate the equipment effortlessly and safely. It only takes careful planning and a thorough risk assessment. In addition to these procedural requirements, here are some essential regular undertakings that will enhance safe lifting.

Vigilant Training

All personnel should undergo rigorous and repetitive training. The managers should have a full comprehension of poor lifting techniques and faulty equipment so they can spot them early enough.

Let them know the appropriate way to operate a telehandler, forklift or crane, and what loads to elevate using any specific lifting cage. The emptying and filling ease should determine this, strength of the equipment, size, and design. Also equip slingers and signalers with relevant skills so they can all work coherently, and let all involved wear protective gear.

Load Safety

The equipment you are using should be strong enough, well maintained and right for the load. The load should be sufficiently secured to the equipment. Have restraining nets to prevent merchandise from falling in case of a mishap. When using cages, ensure the side gates are well-secured to prevent the load from slipping off. Never exceed the recommended maximum load weight and height.

Appropriacy of the Equipment

Different equipment suit different materials. Ensure that you have the right equipment by referring to the manufactures guide. In case it is not clear, contact them for advice on the same. Another consideration is the state of the equipment. It should be fit for use. Schedule regular maintenance as stated by the manufacturer and always perform thorough inspections to ascertain it is in good working condition before commencing work.

Using lifting equipment minimises the risks that come with the manual handling of merchandise. Operating the equipment in the right way is essential in ensuring the safety of handlers and the general public.

September 20, 2018 at 1:00 amDirections

Buying Bike Locks For Improved Security: What are Your Options?

Man looking for a space to park his bicycleBikes do not weigh much, which makes them convenient not only for the owner but also for the thieves. They can easily move a great-looking bike from its supposedly secure place and resell it. This is because the authorities rarely monitor stolen bikes and they usually see it as an “assumed loss”. As such, bike theft is quite an enormous and rising issue in several cities around the globe.

As you install bike shelters in your UK offices, inform your staff regarding the different locks that they can buy to ensure improved security.

The primary step to secure their bike is to choose the right lock.

Luckily, there are many options to choose from:

  • The most famous lock choices for city riders are U-locks. These have turned into a symbol for fixie culture and bike messengers, which is why there are small U-lock images on belt loops or back pockets. These are easy to carry, practically lightweight and strong. However, the inflexibility and shape of the lock restrict where you can lock it. This is why some riders tend to go for chains or cables instead.
  • In Scandinavian nations, frame locks were first made popular before these gradually gained their reputation in North America. However, most of the cities in North America only use this type as a secondary security precaution.
  • On the other hand, urban and recreational cyclists prefer folding locks. This is mostly due to its similarities to U-lock, but with a more flexible chain. These are also lightweight and easy to carry.

As the number of bicycles seen on the streets rise, the number of thieves taking advantage of the owners’ vulnerability also increases. Make sure your bicycle does not end up as an “assumed loss” by investing in reliable locks.

October 15, 2017 at 1:00 amInfo Tech