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Training from Worlifts – Hydraulic & Lifting Equipment Safety

Health and safety isn’t just a buzzword and a set of boxes to tick, it’s an incredibly important part of your company’s procedures and it’s essential all staff understand it.

Although it’s often spoken of in disparaging terms, with people blaming Health & Safety for stringent rules and regulations and often spoiling people’s fun, it’s saved many lives and is critical when dealing with lifting and hydraulics.

You owe it to your staff, then, to not only be fully compliant in the health and safety regulations that apply to your company, but to ensure they’re all properly trained.

That’s where Worlifts can help.

Based in Worcestershire, our training facilities are able to facilitate full HSE training, no matter how large or small your business.

Get in touch and we can provide you with a competitive quote.

However, if you’d rather conduct training on site, we can do that too.

Both practical and theory training is possible at either our premises or yours.

Training available:

Lifting, Rigging & Slinging

  • Lifting Equipment Inspection Training, Lifting Equipment Examination Training, Rigging & Slinging
  • Appointed Person Training, Slinger Banksman, Lorry Loader (HIAB)
  • Construction Hoists, Quarry Operatives – Safe Lifting & Slings (EPIC)
  • Mobile Crane Training, Overhead Crane Training (EOTC)

 Health & Safety Training

  • Accident Prevention/Investigation, CE Marking & Regulations, Confined Space
  • CDM – Construction Design & Management, Construction Site Safety
  • Fire Safety, LOLER Regulations, PUWER Regulations, Manual Handling
  • PPE – Personal Protective Equipment, Risk Assessments, Safety for Managers
  • Safety for Directors, IOSH Managing Safely & Working Safely

 Fork Lift Trucks

  • Counterbalance Fork Lift Truck Training, Sideloader Fork Lift Truck Training
  • Narrow Isle Reach, Rough Terrain, Telescopic Materials Handler
  • Pedestrain Truck – Powered, Pallet & Flat Bed Truck

 

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Why it’s important to test your hydraulic equipment regularly

Worlifts has a long history of providing services to the lifting trade, having started out pre-1976 as Worley Hydraulics.

In short, this means that unlike many companies who only work with manual lifting equipment, we have decades of experience in hydraulics.

Hydraulics can be complex, and also dangerous if not maintained properly and serviced regularly, it also needs competent operation and so training is absolutely essential.

LOLER and PUWER legislation make it absolutely clear that all hydraulic equipment, including tools, cylinders and jacks must be thoroughly examined by a competent person.

Not only that, all information, tests and issues should be documented and available for examination.

This isn’t just some red tape that needs to be followed to get the right tick in a box, it’s actually an extremely important safety issue. People’s lives could be at risk, so the employer and employee need to ensure all equipment is safe.

Obviously, training staff in the processes of testing and documenting can be expensive, and having a training centre in-house is very often not a very cost-effective route to take.

That’s where Worlifts can help.

Our On-Site high pressure hydraulic tool testing means we can come to your premises and do full inspections of tools, jacks and cylinders at a fraction of the cost of most other solutions.

Not only that, we can provide full operator training, both on-site and at our training centre to ensure your staff are always operating machinery safely.

So, give us a call today and find out how we can help you keep your equipment running efficiently and your staff safe.

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How should lifting equipment be marked to indicate safe working loads?

Lifting equipment and all accessories, must have clear markings indicating their safe working loads, or “SWL”.

You’ve no doubt seen this indication on the side of any equipment that’s used to lift anything, including people. In the case of people, it should in fact also show how many people can be lifted. You’ll likely see this in cherry pickers and boom lifts.

It doesn’t end there, though.

Some equipment is usable in a number of configurations.

For example, if the hook of a hoist can be moved to a number of different positions, then they must all have their SWL indicated for each configuration. This makes perfect sense, as the position of a heavy load could adversely affect the stability of the machinery as a whole.

Accessories also have a part to play.

Some additions to the basic configuration may be heavy, or awkward, and similar to a re-configured hoist, it might have an effect on stability.

Where any such accessories do affect the host machinery, they must clearly indicate how they can be used safely, and if the weight is a factor, it should also be indicated.

Lifting people

Some equipment is designed to lift people, such as a cherry picker like that mentioned above, but some equipment isn’t, even though it might seem like it is.

In these cases, the equipment should be clearly marked to show that it is not to be used to lift people.

Other terminology

Safe working load, or SWL is sometimes stated as the “Normal Working Load (NWL)”. In reality, it’s a calculation of the minimum breaking strength and its risk factor.

Unsure?

If you’re at all unsure about the safe operation of your lifting equipment, call Worlifts today and we’ll give you peace of mind, and ensure the safety of your staff.

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Hydraulic Lifting Equimpent – What to consider for safety

Hydraulic systems are everywhere around us, and it’s no surprise, as a tool for lifting heavy loads or applying pressure, they’re efficient and powerful.

Due to the basic rule of Pascal’s Principle, they allow a small force to be multiplied into a much larger one, making it a breeze to lift heavy objects or operate other equipment used in lifting or bolting for example.

But this also brings with it dangers which should be considered before operating any hydraulic equipment.

Are you staff trained?

Making staff fully aware of the safety precuations that must be taken when operating hydraulic equipment is essential, and it’s not just about its operation.

Staff may well be aware of the operational requirements of a particular piece of machinery, but such equipment is usually heavy, powerful and may well have non-obvious dangers.

For example, has the area around the equipment been fully cleared to ensure there are no obstructions, no chances of anyone walking through while the machinery is in operation and no loose objects that could rattle free?

Safety training very often includes more than just knowing how to keep equipment and operators safe; it also involves understanding those around you, and the potential for danger as well as the more immediate risks posed by the machinery itself.

Has the equipment been checked?

Hydraulic systems require very high pressures to be exerted on hoses and joints, especially when lifting heavy objects, or crushing dense materials, so it’s important to ensure all measures have been taken to prevent any leak.

Damage to hoses, even pinholes, can result in catatrophic failure. The amount of pressure in a system may start low, but when increased, a pinhole can very quickly become larger, leaking sometimes hot or toxic fluid causing yet more danger to people around.

It requires a competent and sufficiently trained person to understand the dangers of the equipment and know where to check to ensure safety.

Is the equipment suitable?

This is probably the most important aspect of an inspection before using hydraulic equipment.

Hydraulic tools are usually pretty tough, but they all have their limits, and it’s essential to check that you’re not going to exceed them.

Always use the correct tool for the job (a rule that works everywhere), and don’t be tempted to nudge past the manufacturers recommended tollerances just to get a job done quickly.

Those limits are there for a reason.

Don’t have the resources in-house?

Of course, many companies don’t have or even need the resources to provide staff training, maintenance, and support, and that’s why Worlifts are here to provide everything you need to ensure safety and correct operation at all times.

Our on-site testing, calibration and training services can come out to your site and make sure you’re doing everything to ensure the safety of your staff, and the efficiency of your equipment.

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Will we see you at Railtex 2017?

If you’re at all involved in the supply of rail equipment, then Railtex is the place to be this May.

Since 1993, Railtex has been putting the suppliers of all aspects of the rail industry in front of managers, engineers and buyers. It has a reputation for quality and this year’s event is likely to be bigger than ever.

Taking place from the 9th to 11th May at the NEC in Birmingham, it features a whole range of exhibitors from all sectors of the industry. It also hosts speakers who will be there to explain how rail infrastructure is moving forward, and answer your questions.

Got a question about HS2? Come and see Professor Andrew McNaughton who is the technical director at High Speed Two Limited. He’ll be speaking in the Seminar Theatre on 11th May from 10:30am.

Need information from the Department of Transport? Paul Maynard, the Under-Secretary of State will be there from 11:50 on the 9th May.

Together with a whole host of other speakers, it’s the place to find out what’s happening now and in the future.

The Track

The track area is where exhibitors can show their track products, just as they would be used out in the field.

This is an excellent way to get a feel for the products, and you’ll be able to a whole range of displays from British Steel to Sperry Rail

The Yard

The yard is for heavy plant and machinery, and there will be a whole host of displays that would normally only be seen out in the field.

Come and see us

And of course, Worlifts will be there!

Come and see us on stand A11 where we’ll be showing our whole range of products such as:

  • Track Maintenance Equipment, Materials and Services
  • Rerailing Equipment
  • Depot and Workshop Equipment
  • Vehicle Lifting Equipment
  • Lighting
  • Cranes, Rerailing and Lifting Equipment
  • Power Tools
  • Tools
  • Inspection Services

If you’d like to speak to us before, please call us on: 0121 460 1113

See you there!

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Norbar launch Industrial 2R & 2AR Torque Wrenches

Norbar, one of the leading manufacturers of torque tools in the world, has just released two great new products – the 2R & 2AR Industrial Torque Wrenches.

Inspired by the 3AR – 6R range, these smaller wrenches are robust, yet incredibly simple to operate with a profiled cam and reaction plate providing a much clearer torque break point.

The chance of over-torquing is now reduced, giving a much optimised performance and precision in any task, even in noisy environments where the ‘click’ of other wrenches may be missed.

These robustly constructed tools are accurate to within ±4% of set torque, even in arduous conditions and have further features which include:

  • Push-through ratchet for torqueing in two directions
  • Integral pull-out adjustment bar so no additional torque setting tool is required
  • Easy to read scale protected from dust, dirt and spray
  • Sturdy padded fabric bag with shoulder strap for storage and transporting the tool and helping to keep the tool, instructions and calibration certificate together

You can place orders now for delivery in April.

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Lifting Equipment Safety – A Visual Guide

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Lifting Equipment Safety – What Are My Obligations?

We’ve covered the technical aspects of LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998) in another blog, but there might still be some nagging doubts about what exactly covered by the regulations, and what you, as an employer, need to do in order to ensure you comply.

Of course, it’s not just a matter of compliance to the letter of the regulations, the idea is that by thinking about safety in the workplace, especially the safety of your employees, you’ll create a better working environment.

Who do the lifting equipment regulations apply to?

There is some confusion about who needs to apply these regulations in some companies, when in reality, everyone who either provides or uses lifting equipments needs to take heed.

Essentially, if you’re an employer, or you’re self employed and you provide lifting equipment for use in the workplace then the regulations apply.

Also, it’s not just down to the employer to enforce the regulations, it’s also down to the operator, so if you have control of the equipment – you’re also bound by them.

Of course, this doesn’t mean you’re off the hook if you have no direct involvement.

As an employee or employer of a company, you also have duties under the Health and

Safety at Work act, meaning you should always be on the look out for potential safety issues.

Any workplace where the Health and Safety at Work act applies, LOLER does too, be it factories, farms, offices, hospitals etc.

What equipment is covered by the regulations?

The definition of lifting equipment is necessarily broad.

Anything that is used for lifting or lowering loads is covered, as are any attachments used for fixing or supporting it.

Because of this, all cranes, forklift trucks, hoists or vehicle inspection equipment are all covered.

It also includes accessories, so things like slings, bolts etc.

Should an employee bring their own equipment into the workplace, that is also covered, so you should put procedures in place to ensure they’re safe to use, too.

What do I need to do?

Like any Health and Safety procedures, the regulations are clear and easy to understand, and mostly boil down to common sense and general safe practice.

Specifically, the regulations state that any equipment that is used for lifting is strong enough, stable enough and suitable for the use.

Very often this means that you should always use equipment that has been designed specifically for the job at hand. Trying to use equipment that was not designed for the role, could lead to a safety issue.
Also, anything attached to the equipment must also be safe and suitable for the role. So any lifting points or platforms used must be attached correctly and able to perform their required duty.

Another consideration is where the equipment is used, in effect, its positioning to the job.

If the load were to fall, has every precaution been taken to ensure it doesn’t hit people on the way down?

Is the lifting platform suitably close enough to the job so that the operator doesn’t have to over-reach to perform the required maintenance?

And finally, are their visible markings warning people about the use of safety equipment?

Do they indicate the safe working loads?

There’s also the issue of maintenance.

The first time equipment is used, has it been thoroughly examined, and do all operators

have the required training to ensure they are competent in its operation? Importantly, do they have knowledge of the safety procedures should something go wrong?

If problems are found with any equipment, it is important that a report is submitted to the employer to take action, and remedy the situation before the equipment is used.

The LOLER regulations go into far more detail about the requirements of employers and employees to ensure safety is at the forefront every time lifting equipment is used.

However, for complete peace of mind, Worlifts offer full training, maintenance and inspection packages to keep your workplace safe.

Call us today, and let us take the load off your mind.

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How Do Torque Multipliers Work?

Worlifts is a proud distributer of Norbar Torque Tools, and a popular product in the range is the Norbar Torque Multiplier.

But how do they work?

If you’ve ever had to do something as mundane as change a car wheel, you’ll know that loosening the bolts can be difficult.

On standard cars, however, these bolts are not meant to be so tight that they cannot be removed by a competent person using a standard tyre bar.

Some garages make the job easier by using a “breaker bar”, sometimes called a “cheater bar”.

What these do is to extend the length of the tyre bar and this makes it easier to undo, or indeed tighten, the bolts.

Breaker bars work because the extended length allows the same amount of force, applied by the operator, to generate significantly more torque. In some cases, you can use a length of pipe to provide the same result, but this is frowned upon by the industry and could be dangerous.

Fitting tyres is one thing, tightening or loosening bolts on critical equipment is quite another, and breaker bars simply don’t give the amount of control needed to ensure safe operation.

Torque Multipliers

This is where torque multipliers come in.

They typically use epicyclic gearing. As WikiPedia puts it:

An epicyclic gear train consists of two gears mounted so that the center of one gear revolves around the center of the other. A carrier connects the centers of the two gears and rotates to carry one gear, called the planet gear, around the other, called the sun gear. The planet and sun gears mesh so that their pitch circles roll without slip. A point on the pitch circle of the planet gear traces an epicycloid curve. In this simplified case, the sun gear is fixed and the planetary gear(s) roll around the sun gear.

epicyclic gearing as used in torque multipliers

epicyclic gearing as used in torque multipliers

 

In a torque multiplier, each of the stages of gearing multiplies the torque applied to the bolt.

For example, a torque multiplier with a ratio of 5:1 will result in an output at the shaft of five times the torque, but as energy can’t be created, it means the speed will be one fifth.

Of course, no gearing is 100% efficient, so Norbar tools are engineered to give a typical ratio of 5.45:1, giving a true multiplication factor of 5:1.

Calculating torque

As the torque on many applications is often critical, this means that there is no guesswork when it comes to tightening bolts. The amount of torque needed can be calculated with simple arithmetic rather than relying on graphs or complex formulae.

Norbar’s HandTorque range is one of the most comprehensive available, with standard products up to 47,000 N-m and specials up to 300,000 N-m. And where bolts are difficult to get to, there is also a wide range of nose extensions.

As a certified distributer of Norbar products, Worlifts is best placed to provide you with the information, products and training you need to ensure you get the right tool for the job.

We can also provide servicing and repair at our accredited service centre.

Give us a call today to see how we can help!

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