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Archive for January, 2014

New HSE safety guidance for working at height aims to simplify regulations

IPAF HSE guidance

New safety guidance for working at height will help to “make regulations less bureaucratic”, according to IPAF.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published its simplified guidance this week in a bid to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations.

IPAF technical officer Chris Wraith welcomed the publications, and said: “The new guidance is an improvement on the previous version from 2006 in that the language has been simplified in line with government policy to make regulations less bureaucratic.

“Another more relevant document for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) is also in the final stages of review by the HSE, CIS 58 The selection, management and use of mobile elevating work platforms.

“We hope that this document will follow the same principles for the language used.”

The regulations themselves remain unchanged, but two new guides have been released by the HSE. Click on the links below to read or download them.

Working at height – a brief guide
Safe use of ladders and stepladders – a brief guide

HSE chair Judith Hackitt said: “It’s important to get working at height right. Falls remain one of the biggest causes of serious workplace injury – with more than 40 people killed and 4,000 suffering major injuries every year.

“We have a sensible set of regulations and have been working with business to improve our guidance – making it simpler and clearer and dispelling some of the persistent myths about what the law requires.

“The result is advice that employers can count on to help them manage their businesses sensibly and proportionately.”

Powered access refurbishment at Prolift Access can help you save money

Nifty HR12 powered access refurbishment

New lease of life: The 1995 HR12NBE after a complete refurbishment at Prolift Access’s main depot in Wellington

A full refurbishment of your powered access could be the money-saving alternative to buying a new machine you’ve been looking for.

This 1995 Nifty HR12 NBE is the latest machine to have undergone a complete overhaul in the workshop of Prolift Access’s main depot in Wellington.

The 19-year-old self-propelled boom lift has now been given a new lease of life thanks to the refurbishment, which is one of many services offered by Prolift’s team of powered access experts.

Engineering manager Terry Cole said: “It was in a poor condition when it arrived, regularly breaking down which meant it was very unreliable for the customer’s business.

“Its cosmetic condition was also terrible, but now it’s like a new machine.

“A full refurbishment is very cost-effective compared to buying a second-hand machine that is four or five years old, and it far outweighs the cost of buying a new one.

“Seeing this HR12 looking so good again is extremely satisfying for our engineers, and a great reward for all their time and effort during the refurbishment process.”

When the HR12 arrived at the workshop, its basket was beyond repair and had to be replaced.

Engineers stripped the boom and replaced the wear pads, pins, bushes and slew bushes. The slew bearings were so badly worn they would have been given a serious defect under LOLER regulations.

The steering axle was worn out and needed to be remade, and the braking system was completely overhauled.

The machine was fitted with a new hose kit, wiring looms, wheels and foam-filled tyres, and underwent numerous engine repairs and a service.

Its owners said: “When our MEWP returned to site, it was unrecognisable from the machine that was sent away. It looks and operates like a new machine – Prolift Access have done a fantastic job.”

Nifty HR12 powered access repairs

The owners of this 19-year-old HR12 say it “looks and operates like a new machine” following its refurbishment at Prolift Access

Among the repairs carried out by Prolift’s engineers:

  • Replaced all wheels
  • Renewed powertrack trunking
  • Replaced cage assembly and fitted new drop bar
  • Replaced king pins and bushes
  • Replaced bushes and pins in cage levelling ram
  • Replaced main slew bearings and worn teleboom wear pads
  • Overhauled brake system
  • Overhauled hydraulic system and replaced all hoses and seals
  • Renewed low speed motor brushes
  • Cleaned corrosion from battery terminals
  • Carried out full engine service
  • Replaced main loom from base to cage
  • Fitted new top control box, and replaced seal kit in cage control levers
  • Fitted new set of machine decals
  • Machine shot blast and respray

For more information on powered access refurbishment, call our engineering department on 0845 366 4755 or visit our Prolift Access service, repairs and maintenance page.

‘Idiots on ladders’ highlight importance of training and safety

The winner of this year’s ‘Idiots on Ladders’ competition, run by the Ladder Association

The world’s craziest and most dangerous uses of ladders in the workplace have been shamed in a photo competition by the UK’s industry body.

The Ladder Association uses its Idiots on Ladders competition to highlight the worst ways to work at height using ladders, and to promote safety and training.

It has just announced this year’s winner – a photo showing two men working on a church roof, using a precariously-placed extension ladder to prop up a second ladder against the roof.

Ladder Association chairman Cameron Clow said: “Idiots on Ladders is about shaming bad practice and showing how important training is.

“Ladders are a practical and indispensable option in the workplace but, like any other piece of work at height equipment, they have to be used safely and competently.”The Ladder Association’s message has always been that if it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely.

“With falls from height the main cause of death in the UK workplace, the people in these pictures really are taking their lives in their hands.”

Idiots on Ladders

The runner-up shows work on traffic lights in a Bangkok street, using a ladder perched on top of a car with hazard lights on as traffic drives by

Prolift Access has a full range of roof, extension and step ladders available to buy online now. Click on the link to browse our full range of ladders for sale.

Our training centres also offer a half-day Ladder and Stepladder User and Inspection Course, providing essential training for people who use ladders and stepladders in the workplace.

For more details, call us on 0845 366 4755 or click on the links above.

Powered access ‘safe and effective’ way for people to work at height

Powered access equipment is the safest and most effective way of lifting people to work at height, according to IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman.

Mr Whiteman has given his backing to a position paper issued by the FEM Product Group for Cranes and Lifting Equipment which slams the use of tower cranes for lifting people.

The paper makes clear that such cranes are designed and manufactured to lift loads, not people, and that they should not be used for entertainment purposes.

It follows an earlier paper criticising the use of cranes to lift people “for shows, bungee jumping, dinner-in-the-sky or lifting of other structures with people on the structure or underneath”.

Mr Whiteman said: “IPAF’s members will not stand by such flagrant disregard of all safety campaigns that are aimed at ensuring that temporary work at height is performed by properly trained operators using machinery designed to lift people.

“While such fun rides may not contravene local legislation, they go against safety principles and industry good practice. Falls from height are still the largest workplace killer in Europe and in the USA, and circus entertainment has no place in the professional construction and lifting equipment industry.

“Powered access equipment is a safe and effective way to lift people to perform temporary work at height. Our industry is safe and we strive to keep it that way.”

The FEM is the European manufacturers’ association for material handling equipment. Its position paper states: “Tower cranes are, in general, designed and manufactured to lift loads as the intended use. All other uses are not allowed by manufacturers.

“When a user of a tower crane decides to operate a tower crane not in line with the intended use as described by the manufacturer, the user is responsible for a risk assessment according to the national work place safety regulations and he does so under his own responsibility.”

Prolift Access takes new Star 10 and Compact 14 delivery from Haulotte

Prolift Access has taken delivery of new Compact 14s (left) and Star 10s from Haulotte

Prolift Access has seen its hire fleet reach 430 units after taking delivery of four new machines from Haulotte this week.

Two new Haulotte Star 10 electric mast booms and two Haulotte Compact 14 electric scissor lifts have joined the powered access company’s already extensive fleet that covers the entire Westcountry.

Both machines are perfect for indoor work, or outside if used on flat and solid surfaces.

With just 1.2m width and 2.5m height when stowed, the Compact 14 can be operated in even the most congested of areas.

It boasts a platform height of 11.8m (38ft 8in) and a working height of 13.8m (45ft 3in), along with an extended platform size of 3.22m x 1.2m and 350kg capacity.

The Star 10′s vertical mast boom provides a platform height of 8m (26ft 3in) and a working height of 10m (32ft 10in).

A vertical jib offers improved accessibility to the work area with up to 3m of outreach, and it also boasts a narrow turning radius. It has a lift capacity of 200kg.

Both machines are driveable at full height. Visit the Haulotte Star 10 and Haulotte Compact 14 pages for full specifications.

Call our hire desk on 0845 3664755 or email [email protected] for a competitive quote. Alternatively, click here to browse the full Prolift Access hire fleet.

Prolift Access adds 12m JCB telehandlers to hire fleet

12m JCB telehandlers for hire from Prolift Access

Prolift Access takes its first delivery of 12m telehandlers at Wellington, Somerset

Prolift Access has taken delivery of two new 12m telehandlers.

The JCB 535-125 Loadalls arrived at Prolift’s main depot in Wellington, Somerset, this morning and will complement the 9.5m telehandlers already available for hire.

Renowned for its manoeuvrability and visibility, the 535-125 has a maximum lift capacity of 3.5 tonnes and a maximum lift height of 12.28m.

With 4WD as standard, it performs excellently even in soft and muddy areas, and also has three selectable steer modes.

Two-wheel steer is designed for travelling on the road, four-wheel steer for working in tight spaces, and crab steer for increased manoeuvrability when operating close to walls or buildings.Visit our 12m telehandler hire for full machine specifications and details of how you can get a hire quote.

Prolift Access can also cross-hire 7m, 14m and 17m JCB telehandlers, all of which are ideal for material handling on site. Click the link for full details on all Prolift Access telehandlers for hire.

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