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A Day in the Life of…Colin Jones

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Position at HUK?

Well there’s a question I don’t know to be honest as I have not officially been given one but I suppose I would call myself Technical Sales Engineer.

I have been in this industry for almost 25 years having started my career at Chester Chain having a temporary contract for only 2 months due to the full time fitter being on long term sickness, I was repairing all types of lifting gear. I then sat my entry level LEEA’S in them days it was in 2 parts.

I passed both of those and I was offered a full time position due to the chap I was covering was not coming back.

To cut a long story short I became Site test Engineer, Site Charge Hand, Site Foreman, Site Manager and finished there as General Manager.

How Long At This Roll?

I only joined HUK in March of this year, I have personally known Paul, Tony & Louise for many years

And also other members of staff like Phil, Lynn and Kerry so my first day was totally un-nerving and very much relaxing.

Working at HUK is like having an extension of my family we all work closely and everyone gets on.

I must say I’ve been very welcomed.

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How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

Firstly through hoist enquiries etc. in our trade there are not that many companies left out there and we are a specialised industry.

I have seen HUK grow over the years I first visited them at their small unit in the Croft, Bromborough.

And many times when they moved to Wrynose road.

When they moved into the present site here at Moreton I got invited to have a look round and was given a guided tour by Paul never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to now be working here.

I must admit it’s one of the better decisions I’ve ever made.

What’s a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

To be honest very typical of the environment I’m used to, but more up to date with much better facilities and systems in place.

Also a much happier place to work after some of the characters I used to work alongside (we’ll leave that one there I think!!). I enjoy being busy and some of the projects and jobs I get involved in are very interesting.

What has been your favourite project/What is your favourite part of the job?

Well I haven’t been here long enough yet to be able to comment on this, as previous authors

‘Of this A day in the life of’ feature but I try to get involved in most projects and jobs.

I suppose the job to date would be a large production facility in the north west. I initially carried out a site visit, from there a quotation and got the job I then assisted on the installation with the lads on site.

I get a real buzz from every order I get whatever its value and I think the day that buzz goes it’s time to pack in.

What’s your favourite book?

I would like to say the Kama sutra I always said it would be my ambition to try every position in the book!

BUT I still haven’t finished page one yet!!! You never know I may get to finish the book or certainly page one!! (dream dream dream).

But seriously not a big reader never seem to have the time.

What’s your favourite Film

Please don’t laugh but it’s got to be Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory with the late Gene Wilder, I have my own DVD of it even though it’s shown on TV regularly, brilliant film.

I also enjoy Netflix box sets and have recently watched ‘Prison Break’ and ‘Breaking Bad ’

I do like to watch old black & white films especially the British made ones I have a great collection of my own.

What was the first single you bought?

Gilbert O’sullivan ‘Alone Again’

I do have quite a reserved taste in music (Just an old fashioned Lad at heart)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well as most people who know me will tell you Car Rallying it tend s to take up a lot of my spare time, preparing the car, repairs etc.

Hoist UK have been one of my sponsors on the car and van for the last 7 years so even through my hobby there has been a connection. We just finish New Brighton Promenade Stages last weekend and finished 45th O/A out of 98 cars and won trophies for ‘ Best Presented Car ‘

This was the first time out in this car having sold the Peugeot 306 and first time out since my Heart attack back in November.

Finally if you were stuck on a dessert island what 3 things would you want?

  1. Luxury Log Cabin with all amenities.
  2. Wi-Fi.
  3. A Nymphomaniac who’s Dad owns a Pub 🙂

Hoist UK Design, Manufacture & Install Bespoke Crane System

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

Hoist UK are a manufacturer and supplier of lifting and handling equipment for the industrial and entertainment market sectors and have recently designed, supplied, installed & commissioned a bespoke overhead crane system at a large manufacturing plant in the North West.

A simple task one would have thought for one of the country’s leading suppliers and installers of industrial lifting equipment until the client explains that the facility is already finished, jam packed with machinery, ducting and conveyor equipment and in full production. The area is also in a highly sensitive / secretive production facility that also requires a heightened state of cleanliness throughout installation and during use. Oh, and finally the installation has to be completed within a very tight schedule so as not to disrupt production, then the simple just became a little more difficult.

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No stranger to the extraordinary (one look at their website will confirm this), the Hoist UK team set about a design that would weave its way through a maze of duct and pipework and was both simple & practical to install and above all met the timescale and specification from the client.

Hoist UK Technical Sales Engineer, Colin Jones says: “The crane system has a safe working load of 500kg, runway length of 19.5m, and 3.5m span supported by four separate goal post structures, which were mounted avoiding all the site obstructions and pipework, which could not be moved. The system was installed for maintenance of machines which are running 24/7 and the system was successfully installed during in a tight shutdown and maintenance schedule on site.

“Whilst we are unable to divulge who the customer was, they were very happy with the crane system which was installed and commissioned over a three day installation period on their site” comments Hoist UK Technical Director Paul Jordan. “The crane system is a variable speed powered bridge crane fitted with a Verlinde VR electric chain hoist with radio control function” he adds.

“Hoist UK are not only able to provide standard equipment to suit our customer’s needs, but we are also able to supply specialist and bespoke products manufactured here in the United Kingdom using our own in house design and manufacturing facilities. We are UKAS accredited to ISO9001, ISO18001 & ISO14001, and to give the customers additional peace of mind we are also Achilles registered and are SMAS approved installers, our company motto Safety Above All says it all” added General Manager Louise Dickson

Hoist UK is a full member of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association).

LEEA is established across the globe as the respected and authoritative representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide.

For more information on our specialist range of lifting structures and appliances, please contact: sales@hoistuk.com

For further information visit: www.hoistuk.com or contact: info@hoistuk.com

A Day In The Life of…..Louise Dickson

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

We would like you to get to know our team here at Hoist UK…We will be running a series of

‘A Day in the Life of…’

through our news page & social media accounts. Next under the spotlight is our General Manager, Louise Dickson

Position at HUK?

General Manager – I unintentionally followed in my fathers footsteps. I was 18 and didn’t take to the university lifestyle, I’d never thought about a career in the lifting industry (My DADS industry…!) I guess I saw it as a male-oriented profession.”  I was at a point where the job I was doing was boring and mundane, and having known of past projects that my dad had been involved in, I thought lets give this a go. At first, it was tough, I never expected to still be here 8 years later but here I am —and I’ve not looked back.

How long in this role?

Well I have been working for the company for 8 years, starting off by just answering the phone and taking the simple enquiries, (oh and making cups of tea for my dad & Paul) My dad had me trained well…I’ve been making his tea since I could boil the kettle 🙂

Having taken a keen interest into the business, over the years I’ve learned a great deal about the industries that we work in, and I have in the last two years passed five on my LEEA examinations.

My official title is now General Manager, but we all do whatever it takes here to get the job done, from quoting projects, doing site visits, driving the fork lift truck, and packing boxes.

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How did you first hear about Hoist UK?

As discussed above, it’s my dads business with his partner Paul. I was aware of what he did, and as a 16 year old teenie bopper, I had a keen interest in some of the projects he worked on. He would come home and tell us about the equipment Tomcat had supplied for all the major tours and big artists at the time. We would watch TV and I would point out all the clever stuff my dad had been involved in making to all my friends.
I can remember him pointing proudly at the TV when the BRITs were televised in 2002, telling us all about the lifting and rigging equipment. For the record, it was the year Shaggy took home the International Male Solo Artist award, and ‘performed’ Me Julie on a flying gold bed 🙂

What does a typical day at Hoist UK look like to you?

My day is different every day here at Hoist UK. I can spend days at a time working on big tender projects, or a few minutes working on a spare parts quote. Other days I will travel around the country visiting clients, or attending site visits and measuring up for jobs. There really isn’t a day that is ever the same. Some days I have my accounts hat on, other days I have my sales hat on. But it keeps the job interesting having such a varied workload.

What has been your favourite project / What is your favourite part of the job?

I don’t actually remember specific details of a project, but I do find the entertainment industry more interesting, and I love hearing about the venues that our equipment is being installed in. From a small lighting bar in a school, to a full performer flying system for the likes of Boyzone or other top celebrities. The industrial side of the business is also very interesting, visiting big food processing plants, and factories seeing how things are manufactured etc. It’s certainly an interest I never thought I would have back when I was in school.

What is your favourite book?

This is a difficult question, as I don’t read as much as an adult as I did as a child. But I’d say, going back to my childhood the BFG was one of my favourites, and I’m excited about the new film that is due out at the end of this month. Although they never do capture everything your imagination has to offer from reading a book.

What Is your favourite film?

OK, so this is a bit stereotypical and cringe worthy, but it has to be Dirty Dancing. I remember having the VHS as a child, my dad had recorded it off the telly, and it had the adverts running between various parts of the film. Even when I watch it now, I remember the parts of the film when the adverts would start…and I know pretty much all the words…not so much all the moves with my two left feet 🙂

What was the first single you bought?

Hmmm…the first single I remember knowing all the words to was by Donnie and Marie Osmond, the morning side of the mountain. My mum had it on one of them small records, before tapes & CD’s, we used to sing into our hairbrushes, and put the handle back on the start of the record over and over again. But the first single I actually remember buying, must have been a Take That album. Quite possibly still a guilty pleasure of mine!!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Well, I love to keep fit. Running and Yoga are my favourite things to do after work to unwind from the busy days. I recently completed a half marathon for charity and raised over £1500.00 for a hospice that is close to my heart. But spending time with my family & friends is what I enjoy most.

Finally, if you were stuck on a desert island, what three things would you want?

Does a lifetime supply of fine red wine count as one? If so, I’ll take the wine supply, along with a cheese and biscuits supply, and my boyfriend <3

Hoist UK Welcome New Starter to Their Sales Team

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Hoist UK are proud to announce and welcome Colin Jones to their sales team as Technical Sales Engineer. Colin has been in the lifting industry for almost 25 years, having been previously employed by Chester Chain Co. where he started off on a temporary contract as a lifting equipment engineer, working his way through the ranks in various roles including site supervisor, & works manager, until he became General Manager in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of standard & specialised lifting equipment, along with his formal LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.

“Having Colin join our team is a major asset for the company, as it is always difficult to employ a technical engineer with a proven track record in the industry” commented Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan. “Colin has a vast knowledge of the lifting equipment sector, and he will be a real advantage to us as the company grows, especially assisting with specialist projects that we are working on” he adds.

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Hoist UK Welcome New Starter to Their Sales Team

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hoist UK are proud to announce and welcome Colin Jones to their sales team as Technical Sales Engineer. Colin has been in the lifting industry for almost 25 years, having been previously employed by Chester Chain Co. where he started off on a temporary contract as a lifting equipment engineer, working his way through the ranks in various roles including site supervisor, & works manager, until he became General Manager in 2013. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of standard & specialised lifting equipment, along with his formal LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) qualifications.

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“Having Colin join our team is a major asset for the company, as it is always difficult to employ a technical engineer with a proven track record in the industry” commented Hoist UK Director Paul Jordan. “Colin has a vast knowledge of the lifting equipment sector, and he will be a real advantage to us as the company grows, especially assisting with specialist projects that we are working on” he adds.

Colin Jones comments “I have known Paul & the team for many years and I was happy to be given the opportunity to work for such a dynamic and growing company. Their technical approach to project based work and their depth of product knowledge that allows them to attract such high profile projects excites me. I am really looking forward to the fresh challenge, and particularly working on projects like ISO rated clean room systems, ATEX applications and to be working more within the entertainment industry”.

Louise Dickson, General Manager of Hoist UK adds “We are pleased to welcome Colin to the Hoist UK family; he has got a great personality and will be a real asset both on site advising clients and in the office mentoring some of our other staff that are new to the industry”.

For further information visit: www.hoistuk.com or contact: info@hoistuk.com

Remember: Safety Above All

Is your lifting equipment safe to use?

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

I am sure you will all know that if you own or operate lifting equipment in the UK you are required by law to ensure that you hold a current Report of Thorough Examination as set out in the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). Failure to hold a current report could invalidate your insurances or leave you open to prosecution.

So, is having a current LOLER Report of Thorough Examination sufficient to comply with all of your legal responsibilities as an employer or owner of the equipment? The simple answer is no.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 covers all work places and defines the obligations of all employers AND employees to ensure a safe working environment, with the employer obliged under their duty of care to asses risks and put into place policies and procedures to control said risks.

Further, under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), an employer must ensure all equipment is safely installed and safe to use and that regular inspections of the equipment is undertaken and documented by a competent person. The regular inspections may take the form of pre use check lists, interim inspections, preventative maintenance programmes etc all leading up to a LOLER examination.

A Report of Thorough Examination under LOLER can be likened to having your car undergo an annual MOT, at the time of the Thorough Examination or your cars MOT the examiner will look at all the safety related components but will not undertake any repair work or take into account any previous or future inspection / maintenance regime or lack of it. Like the MOT for your car a Thorough Examination is not part of or to be considered a substitute for the maintenance process, it should be carried out and reported on separately.

So, a Report of Thorough Examination does not quite cover all of the bases with regards to the current legislation and an employer’s duty of care.

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Who can carry out a thorough examination?

The LOLER ’98 and PUWER ’98 Regulations simply require that a thorough examination is carried out by “a competent person”, the HSE definition of a competent person is;

“The term ‘competent person’ is not defined in law but the LOLER Approved Code of Practice and guidance (paragraph 294 on competent persons) states that:

  ‘You should ensure that the person carrying out a thorough examination has such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment.’

 Although the competent person may often be employed by another organisation, this is not necessary, provided they are sufficiently independent and impartial to ensure that in-house examinations are made without fear or favour.

However having an external person or company complete the report of Thorough Examination does remove any doubt of having in house maintenance personnel verifying their own work.

As a practical guide the following are likely to be able to complete a Thorough Examination of your lifting equipment under LOLER ’98 and PUWER ’98 regulations;

 

  • An experienced lifting equipment engineer, preferably a *LEEA TEAM card holder.must be applicable to the examination being completed.
  • *The TEAM card will list the qualifications of the member, and these qualifications
  • The manufacturer of your lifting equipment or their certified representative.
  • A specialist inspector working for an insurance company.It is worth noting that an “insurance inspection” is not necessarily a “Thorough Examination” and before you rely on such an inspection you should make sure that the documentation you receive from an insurance company is headed “Report of Thorough Examination” and is in accordance with schedule 1 of LOLER.

 

What should be noted on a Report of Thorough Examination?

 A Thorough Examination under LOLER is a detailed examination of the safety critical parts of the equipment carried out by a competent person and will require the examiner to physically check these parts noting any defects, this will require the equipment to be removed from use during the inspection and may require covers and guards to be removed to allow thorough inspection. The report should detail the following per schedule 1 of LOLER;

 

  1. The name and address of the employer for whom the thorough examination was made.
  2. The address of the premises at which the thorough examination was made.
  3. Particulars sufficient to identify the lifting equipment including where known its date of manufacture.
  4. The date of the last thorough examination.
  5. The safe working load of the lifting equipment or (where its safe working load depends on the configuration of the lifting equipment) its safe working load for the last configuration in which it was thoroughly examined.
  6. In relation to the first thorough examination of lifting equipment after installation or after assembly at a new site or in a new location—

 

  1. that it is such thorough examination;
  2. (if such be the case) that it has been installed correctly and would be safe to operate.
  1. In relation to a thorough examination of lifting equipment other than a thorough examination to which paragraph 6 relates—

 

  1. whether it is a thorough examination—

(i) within an interval of 6 months under regulation 9(3)(a)(i);

(ii) within an interval of 12 months under regulation 9(3)(a)(ii);

(iii) in accordance with an examination scheme under regulation 9(3)(a)(iii); or

(iv) after the occurrence of exceptional circumstances under regulation 9(3)(a)(iv);

  1. (if such be the case) that the lifting equipment would be safe to operate.
  1. In relation to every thorough examination of lifting equipment—

 

  1. identification of any part found to have a defect which is or could become a danger to persons, and a description of the defect;
  2. particulars of any repair, renewal or alteration required to remedy a defect found to be a danger to persons;
  3. in the case of a defect which is not yet but could become a danger to persons—

(i) the time by which it could become such danger;

(ii) particulars of any repair, renewal or alteration required to remedy it;

  1. the latest date by which the next thorough examination must be carried out;
  2. where the thorough examination included testing, particulars of any test;
  3. the date of the thorough examination.

 

  1. The name, address and qualifications of the person making the report; that he is self-employed or, if employed, the name and address of his employer.
  2. The name and address of a person signing or authenticating the report on behalf of its author.
  3. The date of the report.

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When should I have a Report of Thorough Examination?

The requirement for Thorough Examination is to ensure that lifting equipment and accessories are and remain safe for use, and that we can detect and rectify any deterioration before it becomes a safety issue and as such are required throughout the lifetime of the equipment.

Before use for the first time – unless equipment has an EC declaration of conformity that is less than 12 months old.

  • After assembly and before use at every location – particularly relevant to lifting equipment hire companies.
  • Following exceptional circumstances likely to jeopardise the equipment’s safety – damage or failure, return into use after a long period, or major changes or modification.
  • Regularly whilst in service – see below.

Unless the equipment is covered under a specific “examination scheme” or increased inspections have been highlighted under a project specific Risk Assessment then Thorough Examinations should be conducted:

 

  • 6 months, for lifting equipment and any associated accessories used to lift people
  • 6 months, for all lifting accessories
  • 12 months, for all other lifting equipment

 

Under PUWER and regulation 9 (4) of LOLER, lifting equipment may also require regular maintenance and inspections to determine any deterioration that may affect the safety of the equipment. The requirement and frequency of these inspections checks or maintenance should be determined by risk assessment and manufacturers information or determined by the competent person.

 

The Thorough Examination acts as a regular safety check, and if there any defects stated in the report, it points to there being issues with your regular inspection and maintenance scheme. If the report indicates that the item is no longer fit for purpose it is likely to indicate poor installation, poorly trained operators, poorly trained maintenance personnel or an inadequate maintenance regime.

 

Is your lifting equipment really safe to use?

Generally speaking the employer of the operator / user of the lifting equipment is responsible for ensuring that lifting equipment is safe, fit for purpose and has regular inspections and thorough examinations carried out and documented.

For your own peace of mind you should make sure that you have and document regular pre use and interim operator checks, regular inspections and have a preventative maintenance plan in place to ensure that your equipment is safe to use under LOLER and PUWER.

Make sure that any insurance inspection you have on your equipment is actually a “Thorough Examination” and is accompanied with the correct documentation as required by law under LOLER and PUWER.

Make sure that you have fulfilled all of your other duties, as well as having the Thorough Examination you need to have your equipment regularly maintained, so why not use a reputable lifting equipment company to cover all aspects of your duties.

Read the Report of Thorough Examination! Do not just file this away and assume all your responsibilities are covered by having this done. You must also read the report and action any comments or recommendations given by the competent person.

The examining company will issue a report, the report will outline the equipment that has passed inspection but will also outline defects, problems and condemned equipment, it is your responsibility to act upon the report, replacing or repairing defective equipment and making sure that dangerous equipment is not put back into circulation – the examining company should have tagged and quarantined these items for you.

Like the MOT on your car you are responsible for having any defects put right AND having the equipment re-inspected following repair or to buy replacement equipment if repairs are uneconomical. A good inspection company will follow up the report with a quotation to replace or repair, or even be able to complete the repairs on site after receiving authorisation from yourself; an insurance company probably will not offer a repair or replacement service and may not even follow up on their report.

You should choose to have your Thorough Examinations and maintenance carried out by a company that are members of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association), LEEA members are trained to understand the full scope of the regulations and possible shortfalls of duty holder’s knowledge of their requirements, and in most cases go beyond the minimum requirements that insurance companies tend to stick to.

Hoist UK are FULL members of LEEA, you can also find a list of all LEEA members on their website www.leeaint.com .

Putting on a Safe Show

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Demand for hoists is healthy within the entertainment industry – as is the regard for safety within the sector. Sally Spencer reports

It was a brisk start to the year for hoist manufacturers and distributors supplying into the entertainment sector.

At Hoist UK, for example, Paul Jordan reported a pick up in business after the customary festive season slow down. The company has seen good levels of business across both its industrial and entertainment operations over the last 12 months and has taken on more staff to cater for demand. It’s also relocating later this year and will double the size of its premises.

The entertainment sector in particular seems to have been recession proof and for those companies operating globally, while one economy is in the doldrums, another may be buoyant.

“We had contracts in China and in India and that helped us during the recession in the UK,” said Jordan.

Major events, particularly sporting ones, also went ahead, providing lucrative business – Hoist UK, for example, supplied equipment for the London Olympics. This year it is set to supply another significant sporting event although it’s too soon in the contract to name names.

Fixed installations within theatres and arenas have provided the “larger monetary value” contracts over the last year, however, and the company is nearing completion on a project to provide London’s National Theatre with crane systems and hoists for its NT Futures programme.

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“For this we’ve been dealing with the theatre’s requirements for entertainment hoists and aluminium trussing for above stage and rear/side stage mounting locations, as well as providing more industrial style cranes and hoisting systems for the back stage area for the theatre’s in-house carpentry, paint, metalwork and assembly facilities,” said Jordan.

Hoist UK distributes the Stagemaker chain hoist products from Verlinde and says demand for the new SR series hoist has been growing throughout the year. “The unit has been very well received by customers and meets all the relevant British and European standards as well as having all the properties a user requires with regard to weight, sound level, safety, design and flexibility – and it’s great value for money,” said Jordan.

Mantracourt, designer and manufacturer of BroadWeigh, a wireless load monitoring system for the entertainment sector, has also seen healthy demand.

“We experienced significant growth in the UK and Europe in 2014,” said Kelly Voysey, marketing manager. “Our UK distributor AC Entertainment, who supplies the sector with all kinds of rigging equipment, reports that demand has been broad from basic manual chain hoists through to advanced automated control systems. And the same can be said by our German distributor HOF Alutec.”

Mantracourt is witnessing increasing demand for its smaller 3.25 tonne shackle, especially from the US and Europe, said Voysey, adding that all sectors of the entertainment market, from touring companies, to arenas, exhibition centres, theatres and hotels were providing regular business. The company has also seen growth in the rental market.

In terms of satisfying the evolving needs of the customer base, Paul Jordan said that the push from the market place had always been for high quality, fit for purpose and “economical” products that meet both British and/or European standards and said that during the last couple of years demand had grown for Hoist UK’s own brand of winches and equipment.

“The requirement to custom build [systems] specifically for a set application has grown,” said Jordan. “Years ago you used to go to a concert and see a musician standing on stage playing an instrument; now you expect to see a show, with pyrotechnics, video walls, flying effects and so on. There’s a big push from production companies and performers trying to do more spectacular things and so the level of equipment we have to provide needs to be higher, fit for purpose and safe.”

This increased level of demand for bespoke products led to Hoist UK’s sister company, Truss UK, acquiring a 100% shareholding in AJB Precision Fabrication, which was a subcontractor to both companies.

“We can now provide custom designed and custom built products through that link,” said Jordan. “So along with providing the hoists, which we would buy in as normal, we can provide the other pieces of the jigsaw, including the structures. It’s a one-stop-shop.”

The demand for more spectacular sets at entertainment venues brings health and safety into sharp focus.

“Due to the type of lifting in the entertainment sector, with 90% of the lifting and suspending of loads over people, regulations, standards and codes of practice play a major part in what we do and how we do it,” said Matt Millward, rigging manager of Mantracourt distributor, AC Entertainment.

Having said that, as both Jordan and John Williams, operations manager at the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) point out, the basic legal requirements for the entertainment sector are no different to those in other industries.

“If you pick up a load, whether it’s in a factory or an entertainment venue you can’t drop it,” said Jordan. “But we risk assess the application and mitigate those risks and that includes in the design of the unit for its intended use.

“We operate with higher levels of redundancy or increased level safety systems within the equipment when dealing with applications that would not be done in a normal industrial setting, such as moving and statically suspending loads above people’s heads and flying people or objects around within a controlled environment – but in essence it’s the same.”

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) legislative framework within which the industry works has raised safety standards without placing an unnecessary or onerous burden on employers, said Williams.

“Above all else it adopts a flexible, risk-based approach that correctly places the emphasis on the ‘human factor’ but is not unduly prescriptive. For example, LOLER demands that lifting operations are properly planned, supervised and performed by competent people – but leaves it to the employer to determine precisely how this is done.”

He added that the relative success of LOLER is reflected in the fact that it has been left unchanged by the UK Coalition Government’s wide-ranging review of health and safety legislation.

“LOLER is also increasingly being adopted as best practice by employers working outside the UK, particularly in countries that lack sector-specific legislation,” said Williams.

Jordan sees adherence to the legislation as a joint responsibility between the supplier and the customer. The onus is on the supplier to provide equipment that’s fit for purpose, while the owner and user must risk assess his own operations and ensure the kit is inspected and serviced on a regular basis.

The frequent challenge here, quite simply, is for employers in the entertainment sector to keep track of all the equipment that falls under the remit of LOLER.

“Crucially, LOLER defines lifting equipment as ‘work equipment for lifting and lowering loads and includes its attachments used for anchoring, fixing or supporting it’,” said Williams.

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LEEA warns UK employers not to risk cutting corners

Friday, March 13th, 2015

LEEA is warning UK employers of the risks of being misled regarding their obligation to undertake periodic thorough examination of all lifting equipment. The advice reflects growing concerns within the lifting industry that some companies are being tempted to cut costs by not conducting thorough examinations as frequently as required by LOLER (Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations).

Geoff Holden, chief executive of LEEA, said: “All UK employers are subject to LOLER, which clearly states that, once in service, lifting equipment for lifting persons or accessories for lifting must be thoroughly examined by a competent person every six months. Lifting accessories include commonly used items such as shackles, steels, hooks and round slings. Only for lifting equipment that does not fall into one of these two categories is the period extended to every 12 months.”

LEEA represents nearly 900 companies in the overhead lifting industry worldwide and, in recent months, has been made aware that some users of lifting equipment are being incorrectly advised that money can be saved by extending all the intervals between thorough examinations to 12 months. Thorough examinations are usually conducted by external companies and LEEA is keen to stress that responsibility for compliance with LOLER lies with the owner of the equipment, not suppliers of examination and inspection services. Geoff Holden said: “In the event of a prosecution, the fact that incorrect guidance had been given by an inspection company would not provide a means of defence for the employer.”

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Hoist UK Become Full Members of LEEA

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Hoist UK have recently completed a full LEEA audit, and have been granted full membership of LEEA (Lifting Equipment Engineers Association) effective from 1st August 2014.

LEEA is the leading representative body for all those involved in the lifting industry worldwide, and has played a key role in this specialised field for over seventy years offering members advice and training on standards, regulations and health and safety within the lifting equipment profession.

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“Becoming full LEEA members marks another step towards our commitment to the safety and training of our employees and assuring customers that they are our top priority, this goes hand in hand with our most recent accreditations in quality management (ISO: 9001) and environmental management (ISO: 14001)” says Louise Dickson General Manager of Hoist UK.

Paul Jordan, Director of Hoist UK Comments: “We have been working on this since applying for development membership in the autumn 2013, and are extremely proud to have achieved full membership in such a short space of time.” He adds: “Without the hard work and dedication of our staff, this would not have been possible”.

LEEA is actively involved in all aspects of the industry, promoting the highest technical and safety standards and representing the interests of their members worldwide.

For further information visit: www.hoistuk.com or contact: info@hoistuk.com

Remember: Safety Above All

Hoist UK Welcomes Geoff Cromwell

Friday, August 1st, 2014

Lifting equipment specialists Hoist UK are continuing with their structured growth, this time expanding the engineering and installation side of the business,  Geoff Cromwell joins them as their new Lifting Equipment Engineer. Geoff brings with him over 40 years of experience within the lifting equipment industry, having being previously employed with Aabacas Cranes, Fellow Stringer, Pfaff Silberblau / PCM and most recently with LTM.

“Feeling part of a team is sometimes daunting when you start with a new company” says Hoist UK director Paul Jordan, “but Geoff has worked with some of the team before, he was at Aabacas with Wayne Ridgeley for six years and worked alongside Tony Dickson for ten years at Pfaff and PCM and I have known him for several years myself, he has already fitted in and is a valued member of the Hoist UK team” he adds.

Geoff will be heading the engineering team, responsible for the general day to day running of the workshop, as well as on site installations & LOLER inspections. Tony Dickson Comments ‘I Have known Geoff for over 15 years and it is great to be working with him again, Geoff’s experience and work ethic are admirable, we are lucky to have him on board and he adds depth to our already formidable team.”

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Geoff Cromwell comments “I am excited to start a new challenge with Hoist UK and look forward to working with Tony and Wayne again. It’s good to be getting involved with all aspects of the lifting game and being involved with projects right from start to finish. Some of the projects I have seen already are innovative and cover the full range of industries; it’s just a great place to work and great people to work with”.

Louise Dickson, General Manager of Hoist UK adds: “Geoff’s previous experience and qualifications, including his four LEEA qualifications, are a great asset to Hoist UK and further the companies and my own personalcommitment towards training our staff to the highest possible level, which results in our offering customers an unrivalled service; we pride ourselves on supplying and installing technically correct and safe products.”

For further information visit: www.hoistuk.com or contact: info@hoistuk.com

Remember: Safety Above All