Andy Griffith, from hydraulic lifting equipment specialist Penny Hydraulics, discusses the benefits that lifting equipment can bring to architecture projects.
“If you have big architectural plans in the pipeline, you’ll no doubt want to do them justice. And with plenty of things to move, lift and install throughout the process, specialist lifting equipment could be key to executing your project successfully and efficiently.”
Maximise space utilisation
When starting on a new project from scratch, there’s guaranteed to be plenty of mess and clutter as you work to bring your ideas to life. Lifting equipment can take up much less room than the equivalent manual handling set-up, meaning that there will be less interruptions to the jobs being done around the lifting task, so everybody can carry on being productive while it works in the background. Keeping the area orderly and spacious will also ensure everybody knows where everything is, improving productivity and efficiency, as well as reducing hazards.
Improve accessibility and safety
There are bound to be plenty of hard-to-reach areas throughout the building and installation process, so knowing how to safely access these will be key to everybody’s safety. For things that need hanging at ceiling level, like lighting, using lighting winch systems will offer peace of mind when it comes to safety. Relying on a hoist to bring your lights up and down from the ceiling removes the need for any unstable ladders or disruptive scaffolding, protecting the workers and your lights. It also helps with any last-minute adjustments or cleaning that will need to be done before the big reveal!
Reduce likelihood of injury
1 in 3 accidents at work are caused by manual handling, so you and your client will want to avoid this both during the build and when the client is using the building in the future. Whether you’re installing new light fixtures or need to move heavy goods, there is sure to be some risk of injury. However, specialist lifting equipment can take the brunt of any overly heavy items, reducing the amount of manual handling accidents and injuries occurring on site. Goods lifts enclose heavy items into a cage or container prior to lifting, so are useful for moving singular heavy items, as well as things that are on crates, trolleys and pallets. Not only does this minimise the disruptions to the site, but mechanical equipment has the advantage of being able to do things faster and more efficiently than a person could. A reduction of injury means more valuable and effective time spent on the project, as well as better morale within the team working on it, so increases productivity.
Create better movement
Where large and bulky items are involved, there’s usually some tactical manoeuvring required. Remove the struggle of stairs and narrow doorways by using lifting equipment instead: mechanical technology can transfer heavy and bulky goods between floors on your architecture project, so you don’t have to waste time thinking of how’s best to move them manually. They will also help the client face the same dilemma after completion of the project. Lifting equipment also gives the advantage of straight-line movement. This means the goods are able to travel the shortest distance from point A to B, which again increases the efficiency of the project, as well as providing fewer opportunities for accidents to occur.
Specialist lifting equipment not only reduces the risk of accidental damage, but also increases predictability and the precision of movement. Watching how the equipment works before you carry out the moving procedure will highlight any issues or hazards to you before you begin, which can’t be done to the same extent with manual handling.
“Any uncoordinated movements can damage aspects within your project site, as well as the item being lifted and the equipment itself. With the help of hoists and other lifting assistance, you can pinpoint exactly where the item needs to be and how you’ll be able to get it there. This allows for an overall better controlled approach as well as preserving the current condition of the lifted items.
“It’s easy to become overwhelmed by a new architectural project, but with the help of specialist lifting equipment, there’s no need to fret! Whether it’s using a hoist to safely polish or maintain a chandelier or a goods lift to transfer bulky items from floor to floor, lifting equipment can be just what you need to make your project run smoothly and safely.”