The company claims that the RVD-4-Eco reduces the time taken to lift concrete pipes by 50% compared to previous methods using slings or chains. By reducing manual handling it also lowers the risk of accidents.
The RVD-4-Eco uses a mechanical clamping mechanism to prevent slippage and to facilitate accurate placement of the pipe. The attachment fits to an excavator via an integral universal flange plate, using a quick-hitch coupling.
It can be attached to any lifting device with a quick-change facility, and has the capability to lift a pipe up to 4,000kg and with a diameter of between 300mm to 1,200mm.
A-Plant’s business development manager for lifting and handling Matthew Hood said: “The product has been well received by customers and been used during the infrastructure stages on of the £431m flagship tram project in Nottingham.”
The RVD-4-Eco has also been on hire to BM King Groundworks on a housing development in Shillington, Bedfordshire. Pipe layer Andy Phelan said: “The RVD-4-Eco is an impressive piece of equipment. It has been easy to use around the site due to the pipe lifter being on a quick hitch system, which enabled the safe unloading and laying of concrete pipes compared to previous methods. What was a two week programme to lay the pipes was cut down to one week as the pipe lifter speeded up the programme in an efficient and safe manner”.
He added: “One of the main safety benefits is no operative is needed for pick-up and put down of pipes, thus reducing potential injuries, which is one of the biggest issue when laying heavy pipe.”