There is little doubt that the majority of builders and workers in the construction business will use some type of lifting gear to assist the construction process. There are numerous types of equipment that will go well with particular tasks in this industrial area, and this article is designed to briefly highlight the most effective and most often utilised equipment in construction nowadays.
If you work somewhere inside the construction/building industry, odds are you have to work up at high levels from time to time; this brings us to our first and probably the mostly utilised piece of apparatus ever; the safety harness. Obtainable in several versions to suit varying purposes, but several packages can be found specifically for builders, scaffolders and construction workers. Then it needs to be decided upon whether or not you would be better with a fall restraint system to avoid falls initially, yet are more restrictive of your movements, or would a fall arrest system suit you better as they enable a lot more freedom although will not prevent you from falling, but they will catch you in the event you do.
A scaffold hoist, which is electrically powered is not only a very popular piece of equipment for construction workers, but is also cost effective, safer and quicker to use than man-power alone. The small jib arm which is attached to the hoist and then to a scaffold pole, allows for the hoist to be rotated out over the edge of the platform to lift up the materials required. Mortar buckets and wheelbarrow chains improve the hoist all the more enabling them to be raised to their chosen position, even full loaded. Using a scaffold hoist can save much time on a building task and therefore money too.
Gantry hoists are also used together with a gantry framework system, which has weighted ballast boxes at the rear enabling the hoist to hang over the edge of the operational area; they are free-standing and not attached to a scaffold pole.
The above are the most frequently used lifting gear in construction, however there are many further equipment regularly utilised as well. Other types of hoists may be seen in large construction areas, for example, an electric hoist, ratchet lever hoist or perhaps a manual chain hoist/chain block, most of which need to be fitted to a suitable fixing point by means of their top suspension hooks so the hoist may be used to raise and lower objects. Each kind of hoist has various models with a range of capacities and characteristics available to suit different purposes.
These other forms of hoists will require an appropriate and secure position from where to hang them from, steel beams are the best as they can be fitted with a fixed beam clamp to suspend the hoist from, or else better still a beam trolley, that can travel along the beam with the hoist to wherever needed, these can be manual or powered.
You will find various types of slings available to further aid lifting loads on the building site; a sling either wraps around or attaches to the load and then hooked into the lifting device (i.e. a scaffold hoist); chain slings are extremely popular within construction because they are very robust, and with the wide range of models available that may be utilised in numerous hitch types, there’s something suitable for most kinds of loads; however the softer web type slings are perfect for objects that happen to be more delicate or easily marked.
A further regularly used device in the building industry is the mobile gantry crane; these not only offer a beam from where to suspend your lifting device, they can be made to measure and can endure lifting heavy loads, their greatest benefit has to be their mobility, and the fact that they can easily be pushed around the construction site to wherever they may be required, as long as the ground is firm and relatively level, though adjustable parking jacks may be attached to help to balance the gantry on slightly un-even ground.
To conclude then, it is clear that a wide variety of lifting gear is on the market to suit builders and construction workers. Their key advantage has to be the speed at which they are going to lift a load when comparing with manpower alone, this in turn saves time and so capital. Safety is the other greatest asset, when using appropriate lifting equipment, saving manpower, and minimising the risk of accidents and injuries to the workers, who will no longer have to haul heavy items thus reducing the strain on their bodies.
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lifting and moving heavy loads is a major source of injury to construction workers.
Many construction workers have pain or discomfort in the back, neck and/or shoulders and knees, often leading to time off ,(back pain is the most common reason for sick leave) this in turn leaves the construction company short staffed, and with loss of productivity, and therefore losing money.
One of the main ways to reduce this problem is to use mechanical means, electric hoists and scaffold hoists / builders hoists / winches offer a very cost effective way to lift / move your loads, saving you time, and reducing the probability of paying out sick pay for back injuries.
With this in mind We can supply you with a wide range of equipment at competitive prices, we have excellent knowledge of the construction industry, in particular material handling. Please take a look at our range and contact us if you require any more information, or a quote for your requirements.