At Lowe Stillages & Cages, we prioritise the safety and compliance of lifting operations. In this blog post, we provide a step-by-step guide on determining the appropriate lifting equipment to use with stillages, in accordance with PUWER regulations. By following these steps, employers can ensure safe and efficient lifting operations, minimise risks, and maintain compliance.
- Assess Stillage Characteristics: Evaluate the size, weight, shape, and design of the stillages, considering any specific features or requirements.
- Refer to Manufacturer Specifications: Consult manufacturer’s specifications for recommended lifting equipment, ensuring compliance and safe operations.
- Evaluate Load Capacity: Match stillage load capacity with lifting equipment capacity to ensure safe handling of the stillages and associated loads.
- Consider Lifting Equipment Options: Assess various lifting equipment options such as forklifts, cranes, hoists, or manual devices, based on workplace requirements.
- Evaluate Lifting Equipment Compatibility: Ensure compatibility of the lifting equipment with stillages, considering size, shape, and lifting points for secure engagement.
- Training and Competence: Provide appropriate training to employees operating the lifting equipment, emphasising stillage-specific procedures and precautions.
- Consider Environmental Factors: Account for environmental factors like space, manoeuvrability, and ground conditions to ensure safe lifting operations.
- Regulatory Compliance: Ensure selected lifting equipment meets regulatory requirements, undergoes inspections, certifications, and maintenance.
- Document Selection Process: Maintain records of the selection process, including assessments, evaluations, and rationale, as evidence of compliance.
- Review and Update: Regularly review and update lifting equipment selection based on changes in stillage characteristics, requirements, and regulations.
By following these steps, employers can select the right lifting equipment for stillages, ensuring safe lifting operations and compliance with PUWER regulations. At Lowe Stillages & Cages, we prioritise the safety and efficiency of lifting operations, offering reliable solutions that meet your specific needs.