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A Mini Overview of Lifting Equipment?

If you work in construction or an industrial sector, at some point you will probably require lifting equipment. From cranes to hoists, to lift bulky items you need the right type of gear to get the job done safely.

As experts in professional lifting gear and maintenance, we’ve put together this mini guide to answer some of the most important questions.

What is lifting equipment?

Heavy items, such as those found on construction sites cannot be lifted by hand so workers require the help of lifting equipment. Machines are designed to withstand large amounts of weight and include everything from forklifts to winches and hoists. Having these machines on site can have a big impact on the efficiency of your work, however, they must be operated by trained members of the team.

What can be lifted?

Most types of lifting equipment are suitable for a range of loads but according to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998, examples of loads that can be lifted might include “loose bulk materials, sacks, bags, pallets and stillages”.

Should you buy or rent equipment?

Deciding whether to purchase or rent your equipment depends on your budget, how often you’ll be using the equipment and the type of work you do.

What to consider when buying lifting equipment:

● Where will you keep it? - you need to have a safe place to store your equipment overnight and when not in use. While small tools may not be a problem, larger gear such as cranes and other lifting equipment can be more difficult to home.

● Are you working on a long-term project? - if you’re taking on a long-term project then the cost of hiring lifting equipment could be more expensive than buying it our right so always consider your options.

What to consider when renting lifting equipment:

● Job variety - if you’re constantly taking on lots of different types of jobs, it may be best to rent your equipment rather than buying it or they could end up not being used for months which is not cost-effective.

● Industry compliant equipment - when you hire from a professional company you can rest assured that the equipment you get is safe. As experts in this field, hire companies will know exactly how to look after their equipment so it’s ready for use each time you hire something.

Here at Crane and Lifting Services, in South Wales, we provide high-quality lifting equipment for hire, maintenance and repairs. Our team of engineers are fully qualified in a range of services as well as being on call 24-hours a day for emergency call outs. If you're looking for crane services in South Wales and nearby look no further than us. Get in touch today for more information.

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