Overview of Lifting Equipment

If you work in the construction or an industrial field, you will likely need lifting equipment at some point. To lift heavy things safely, you need the right equipment, like cranes and hoists.

We put together this guide to answer a few of the most key questions because we know a lot about professional lifting gear and how to keep it in good shape.


What is lifting equipment?

Heavy things, like those found on construction sites, can’t be lifted by hand. Instead, workers need lifting equipment to help them. Forklifts, winches, and hoists are all examples of machines that are made to hold a lot of weight. Getting these machines on site can make a big difference in how well your work gets done. However, they can only be used by trained team members.


What can be lifted?

Most types of lifting equipment can be used for a wide range of loads. However, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations of 1998 say that “loose bulk materials, sacks, bags, pallets, and stillages” are some examples of loads that can be lifted.


Should you buy or rent equipment?

Whether you buy or rent your equipment depends on how much money you have, how often you’ll use it, and what kind of work you do.

What to think about when buying lifting tools:

  • Where should you keep it? – You need a safe place to put your gear away at night and when you’re not using it. Small tools might not be too hard to bring home, but cranes and other heavy lifting equipment might be harder.
  • Do you have a long-term project going? – If you have a long-term project, it might be more expensive to rent lifting equipment than to buy it outright, so always think about your options.


What to consider when renting lifting equipment:

  • If you do a lot of different kinds of jobs, it might be better to rent your equipment instead of buying it. Otherwise, you might not use it for months, which is not a good use of money.
  • Equipment that meets industry standards: When you rent from a professional company, you know that the equipment you get is safe. Since they are experts in this field, rental companies will know how to take care of their equipment so that it is always ready to use when you rent something.

For more information, please call Complete Lifting Services on 01277 321 740.

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