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Lifting tray for heavy plant

Digger Blogger | 12:00, Wed March 04 2020

Lifting Gear UK has developed a lifting tray as a safer way of lifting construction plant and it is now in use at projects including Tideway, Hinkley Point and HS2.

The product was designed developed and manufactured as a collaboration between Lifting Projects UK and Steelwise, both part of the Lifting Gear UK Group, as a bespoke solution for lifting larger items of plant while still being easily itself transportable from site to site.

The final product design incorporates adjustable lifting arms to provide for wider lifts but which can be retracted for easier transport.

The lifting tray was initially developed for Tideway as part of the Tideway Central contract, covering delivery of the Thames Tideway Tunnel project between Fulham and Blackfriars, for a joint venture of Ferrovial Agroman UK and Laing O'Rourke Construction (or FLO as it is known).

The lifting tray has become a preferred method by Tideway for use in appropriate lifts.

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Steelwise technical manager Alistair Clark took a lead role in developing the Lifting Tray.  He says: “The main challenge for us was coming up with a design that allowed for larger items of plant to be lifted without making a product that was so big that it would be difficult to transport from site to site. The adjustable lifting arms on the tray combated this issue. The solution we provided has delivered maximum productivity for the client and has made it safer and easier to carry out such works.”

Lifting Projects UK provides planning, equipment and project management consultancy services.  Steelwise does the design and fabrication of lifting equipment. 

Lifting Gear UK operations director Chris Turner adds: “We are really proud to have developed the lifting tray to meet such a specific but also common need in the construction industry and to have its successful use see it become company policy for some of our clients.

“Its development pays testimony to our collaborative approach with clients to overcoming lifting challenges.  If a solution doesn’t currently exist, we will develop it and manufacture it to the highest standards with safety always our number one priority.”

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