Lockdown measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 are changing the way we all live and work. However, when it comes to those who still have to go to work in essential capacities, it can be difficult to maintain social distancing at work. Of course, the government guidelines at present state that we should all be staying at least 2m apart to minimise the spread of coronavirus. This isn’t necessarily easy to do when operators are used to working as part of a team in a warehouse or production environment.
This is where we all need to start thinking a little more creatively about how operators undertake their roles. Where some would normally rely on multiple workers to help lift and move heavy items, for example, we will likely need to start relying on machinery and automated assistance instead. In fact, one of the best ways to comply with social distancing at work is to implement manual handling equipment!
Not only can lifting equipment help to take the physical strain off a single worker, it also means that they won’t have to rely on one or more other workers to help lift a heavy load. For example, any loads heavier than 25kg in total will normally need the support of at least two operators or workers. For that reason, it may be time to start thinking about putting heavy lifting equipment into effect.
Unfortunately, there are going to be circumstances in warehouses and other environments where you will need to lift items and equipment with other people assisting. Thanks to social distancing measures, this is no longer a possibility. What’s more, the HSE advises that employers must continue to abide by LOLER and PUWER regulations, as well as social distancing advice.
Of course, social distancing at work is a necessary inconvenience. If we do not distance ourselves, we will run the risk of getting ill, or harming those who are vulnerable.
With lifting equipment – such as our Solution Electric Balancer – you can quickly and easily lift items as heavy as 300kg using a single operator. The worker operates this lifting equipment using the sensitive control handle, to take away the need for physical support, and therefore adhere to social distancing advice. The articulated aluminium arms allow the operator to easily move the load throughout the production operation / process with minimal effort. This is a great for lifting boxes, sacks, totes, crates, sheets, glass and mechanical components.
These are trying times, and of course, the most important thing is to stay safe and healthy. Not only for you, but for your operators, and those who are most at risk of illness. Our Electric Balancers and other lift assists will ensure your operators not only maintain distancing, but will also protect them from straining unnecessarily and avoid any Repetitive Strain Injuries.
Crucially, it is also important to make sure that you are sticking to existing health and safety measures! Otherwise, your operators are at risk of not only causing themselves injury, but also to those around them. It may be tempting to let operators lift heavy items on their own to maintain social distancing, but this is only going to result in injured operators and you potentially paying out in compensation claims for Repetitive Strain Injuries and Musculoskeletal Disorders. Therefore, you must consider investing in support and assistance in the form of lifting aids – this could save you thousands in fines and ensures compliance with the manual handling regulations, ultimately protecting your operators!
As mentioned, HSE is continuing to insist that employers maintain equipment and services under LOLER and PUWER regulations, even during the lockdown. This means 12 monthly and 6 monthly examinations must go ahead. It’s important to remember that, even under pandemic conditions, you must continue to work safely and ensure the safety of your workforce.
Therefore, it is crucial during this time to make sure that your equipment is still safe to use. We highly recommend you continue to arrange inspections, servicing and preventive maintenance of all your equipment – any lifting equipment and accessories you may already have in place, as well as those you intend to purchase and upgrade to.
The last thing you are going to need is your lifting equipment failing on you. At a time when social distancing at work is so important, it’s crucial that you make sure your tools are up to scratch and compliant with the law. Otherwise, you might find yourself needing to rely on a multiple person lift. Which at this point in time, that simply isn’t possible. Why risk it?
Whether you are setting up new lifting equipment and tools, or if you want to make the most of your current setup, you must reach out to an expert in the industry. Yaplex supply a huge variety of cranes and dedicated handling systems which will help to lessen the burden during these tense times.
In a period when we sadly can’t rely on multiple operators to help with the lifting of heavier loads, it makes sense to ensure that your processes are brought up to scratch. We supply a full range of lifting equipment and manipulators which you can use to ensure that even the heavier items in your warehouse / factory are safely picked and placed.
There is absolutely no reason for operators to strain themselves. Regular inspections and full maintenance of your equipment on a schedule, too, is paramount. Otherwise, in situations such as these, you are going to be left potentially risking lives. For efficiency, physical support and for wide-reaching health and safety reasons, it’s never been more important to set up equipment you can rely on.
Yaplex is a leading name in the supply of lifting equipment, maintenance and support. With all equipment manufactured in the UK, we take great care to provide companies throughout the world with a variety of standard and bespoke lifting solutions, which will support you and keep your production running.
Of course, once the COVID-19 lockdown ends, you will still have fantastic lifting equipment and support to ensure the safety of your operators. You could even increase productivity by using the spare operators elsewhere in your facility. Buying lifting and manipulation equipment from Yaplex is a serious investment – one which you and your team will be able to rely on for years to come – this is backed up by our comprehensive warranty package.
Therefore, why not take a look at our full range of cranes and dedicated handling systems? Our team of experienced experts are here to help – stay safe, and maintain social distancing at work!