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Lockdown 2.0

Humberside Lifting Services Ltd are taking every precaution against COVID-19. We are operating within Government guidelines. We are operating within Government guidelines.

Our top priority must continue to be the health and safety of our customers, suppliers and employees. We want to reassure you that we will do our utmost to respond to any of your enquiries or requirements as quickly as possible.

As our valued customers and suppliers, we hope that you, your teams, your families and friends all stay safe. Our thoughts are with those individuals and communities which have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. 

Stay safe everyone and where possible #stayhome

The Humberside Lifting Services Team

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Thorough examination and testing of equipment during the coronavirus outbreak

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, businesses may find it difficult to carry out their legal duty to do thorough examination and testing of equipment.

LOLER during outbreak – Download PDF

HSE expects dutyholders to make reasonable efforts to arrange thorough examination and testing within legal time limits. But we will adopt a pragmatic and proportionate approach towards enforcement action if the outbreak means dutyholders cannot arrange examination and testing, as long as they make sure equipment is still safe to use.

Requirements in law

Several health and safety regulations require examination and testing:

  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations
  • Pressure Systems Safety Regulations
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment (including power presses)
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (for local exhaust ventilation)
  • Electricity at Work Regulations

For equipment covered by these regulations:

  • the requirement that work plant and equipment is maintained and safe to use remains in place
  • an effective maintenance regime is still essential to make sure equipment is safe
  • examination and testing is still a legal requirement and a fundamental part of management (although HSE has a pragmatic approach to enforcement during the outbreak)

Difficulties during the outbreak

It may be difficult to complete thorough examination and testing on time during the outbreak because of:

  • a backlog of thorough examination and testing inspections not done during lockdown
  • lack of staff and contractor availability to prepare complex pressure systems for examination
  • refusal of engineers to enter dutyholder premises to carry out thorough examination and testing, because they think working arrangements may not be safe

Managing equipment safety during the outbreak

Equipment failure because of deterioration can create dangerous situations, physical harm and business disruption. So it is important that plant and machinery continues to be properly maintained and inspected.  

There is detailed guidance (PDF)- Portable Document Format with additional advice for dutyholders and inspectors on:

  • managing safe working arrangements for equipment inspection
  • prioritising inspection activity
  • what to do if a thorough examination cannot be done
  • how to manage the risks if you cannot arrange thorough examination and testing
  • offshore/onshore major hazard industries and pipelines

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Covid-19 Update

Humberside Lifting Services Ltd are taking COVID-19 very seriously and taking every precaution. We are operating within Government guidelines at the moment with vastly reduced staff levels, but our team will endeavour to help wherever possible.

Our top priority must continue to be the health and safety of our customers, suppliers and employees. We want to reassure you that we will do our utmost to respond to any of your enquiries or requirements as quickly as possible.

Could all users of lifting and height safety gear, please pay attention to the important HSE update attached detailing the current situation with the inspection of your equipment. We are here to help and offer any advice you require.

As our valued customers and suppliers, we hope that you, your teams, your families and friends all stay safe. Our thoughts are with those individuals and communities which have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. 

Stay safe everyone and where possible #stayhome

The Humberside Lifting Services Team

Date: 16/04/2020
HSE Dutyholder Update

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Date: 03/04/2020
Important HSE Update

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Temporary Runway Installation

Lifting and Safety Services Ltd have just designed, manufactured, installed and tested a 1000Kgs SWL x 9500mm long Runway Beam for a client needing to lift a quantity of electrical panels during a major shutdown on site. The beam is supplied with a 1000Kgs Single Phase Electric Chain Hoist and Geared Travel Girder Trolley which is on hire for the 7 week contract.

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Porta Gantry Beam Base Plates For Hire

Lifting and Safety Services have fabricated a number of base plates that can be used in conjunction with any Porta Gantry beam from 1000Kgs to 3000Kgs. These allow the customer to either simply support or bolt the beams between any suitable structures to form a temporary runway system when used in conjunction with a Porta Trolley.

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Runway Beam/Electric Hoist Fabrication And Install

Lifting and Safety Services fabricated and installed a 500Kgs Runway Beam over the weekend for a new customer. The Runway was fabricated at our premises in Leigh at short notice then erected and tested on a Saturday to fit in with our clients works programme. The hoist was fitted with a 500Kgs Yale Two Speed Electric Hoist combined with a hand pushed girder trolley.