Manual handling injuries can have serious implications for the employer and the injured person. They occur almost anywhere on a building site with manual labour, awkward postures, repetitive movements of arms legs and back, or previous/existing injury can increase the risk of occurrence. This type of injury is one of the top ten risks associated with working on a construction site.
Cranes are often used to alleviate this risk but are an expensive resource for a business to hire. The appropriate lifting insurance is required to cover the value of the crane, load, and surrounding structures. As well as the qualified person for the planning and control of lifting operations.
Alternative lifting solutions
As government and industry leaders draw up ways to get the construction industry back to work following the coronavirus crisis, site managers will be keen to discover safe and efficient ways of working.
Powered stair climbers with lifting capacities of up to half a ton can provide a safe, more economical alternative to using a crane for manual handling operations.
Widely used across building sites throughout the UK, a powered stair climber can move loads such as cement, sand, tiles, bricks, doors, and plasterboard as well as electrical equipment up and down stairs. Also, many accessories are available for different building materials.
Reducing injuries and supporting businesses with cost-efficient solutions is a major focus for innovative manual handling equipment specialist, Stanley. The Bedfordshire-based company is at the forefront of powered stair climber development, supplying and maintaining a range of machines, capable of moving weights up to an impressive 680Kg, across a broad range of sectors for over 75 years.