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Lifting Equipment

Improve your material handling process with lifting equipment and accessories from Cromwell online. We stock various solutions to increase productivity and protect against manual handling injuries, including stair climbers and a range of lifting equipment accessories.

Choose from quality mobile lifting equipment from reliable suppliers like GPC®, Advanced Handling® and Invicta Forks & Attachments®.

What is lifting equipment?

Designed to take the pressure away from manual handling activities, lifting equipment is available in manual and automated variants.

Why lifting equipment?

Whether moving products and materials around a warehouse, loading racking, or making deliveries up and down external steps, there are trolleys, trucks and accessories designed to take the strain away from the operator and make your life easier and safer.

When is lifting equipment used?

Used widely in many industries, lifting equipment is a valuable tool in preventing injuries, improving productivity and minimising damage to stock. Used to transport items from one area to another, or to hoist and move heavy items, lifting equipment has a place in warehousing and logistics, healthcare settings, the automotive industry and more.

Lifting equipment types

Lifting equipment is available in various types to tackle different applications and weights. Often designed in both manual and electric options, training in the safe use and maintenance of this equipment is an important element in its operation.

• Stairclimber   -   Features a three-wheeled mechanism for carrying loads up the stairs

• Lift and drive trolley   -   Designed to remove manual handling from the process, these trolleys lift and carry products and materials, elevating loads for high shelf placement and protecting workers from injury

• Pallet truck   -   Also referred to as a pump truck, this type of lifting equipment is exclusively used for lifting and shifting pallets of stock. Forks slot underneath the pallet and the handle can be pumped to raise the stock for transport

• Electric/semi-electric pallet stacker   -   With a high weight capacity and lifting height capability, these durable stackers are high performance and reliable

• Scissor tables   -   Available in static and portable variants, scissor tables or scissor lift tables support and lift heavy items up to various heights for picking, stock control or maintenance

• Hoists   -   These include chain hoists, wheeled hoists (both stationary and portable) and ceiling lifts which lift and suspend an item

• Lifting equipment accessories   -   These include adjustable fork attachments for overhead cranes and additional boom attachments and roller platforms for lift and drive trolleys

Considerations when choosing lifting equipment

Weight - check the maximum weight that is regularly lifted and moved to ensure that equipment you choose is capable of taking the weight required.

Shape - if flat materials and cardboard boxes are the norm for your business, then this is less of an issue. However, if you're regularly moving shapely items, think about inbuilt strapping or siding to keep products safe.

Purpose - since there's such a wide range of lifting equipment types, it's important to identify what you need from your lifting equipment. Is it for lifting and moving, should it be stationary, does it need to reach a certain height?

Working area size - in the case of lifting and moving items, the space in which you'll be turning and moving the equipment must be considered when checking for dimensions.

Lifting equipment jargon buster

To keep you aware of lifting equipment regulations, we've broken down and explained a relevant safety standard to help you make the best purchase decisions for you.

What does safety standard ISO 22915-4:2018 mean?

ISO 22915-4:2018 is related to industrial trucks, including pallet stackers and double stackers. Part 4 also covers order-pickers, which involve the elevation of an operator. This section of legislation outlines the testing methods in which truck stability is verified.

Let's break it down...

• ISO - This is the abbreviation for the International Organization for Standardization, which is the regulating body of global quality and safety standards

• 22915 - This is the legislation number for the standard

• 4 - This identifies part 4 of the document that addresses the vehicles covered in this legislation

• 2018 - This standard was confirmed and published in November 2018 and replaces ISO 22915-4:2009/AMD 1:2013


Should lifting equipment be marked at all?

According to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER), all lifting equipment must have the SWL mark to indicate to users that it has passed Safe Working Loads testing.

What is PUWER?

PUWER stands for the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, 1998. These regulations are designed to ensure that businesses and their employees are using and operating safe equipment in accordance with safety training. In the event that this is lifting equipment, PUWER is applied alongside the LOLER regulations mentioned above.

Regulation Information

LOLER applies to ALL lifting equipment used for work purposes, even if it was manufactured and put into use before LOLER came into force in 1998. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 applies to all work equipment, including lifting equipment, and requires workplaces to provide suitable and safe equipment for the task, along with proper training. Work equipment must be maintained and inspected and related risks prevented or controlled.

Pre-use checks must be carried out on lifting equipment. The purpose of these pre-use checks is to identify faulty equipment; this is not the same as routine thorough examination and inspections but in addition to them at each use. All lifting equipment requires to be thoroughly examined by a qualified competent person at various points, as required by PUWER, to maintain efficient working order.

Regulation Jargon Buster

LOLER - Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
PUWER - Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
HASWA - Health and Safety at Work Act
WAH - Work / Working at Height

Please note that the products in this category are not suitable for lifting people; please consult the manufacturer's data sheet for more information.

For the further information and full details of your legal responsibilities:
Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment (LOLER) Regulations 1998 - AcoP - L113