FLG Services & Amey Develop Innovative Lifting Solution
FLG Services, the leading specialist in the hire, sales and service of Lifting Equipment, has worked alongside one of its major customers, Amey, to help reduce manual handling risks and enhance efficiencies on work involving kerb-laying and moving heavy columns from horizontal to vertical positions.
The FLG Service Centre in Glasgow assisted Amey’s highway maintenance contract in North Lanarkshire to help solve a problem associated with lifting heavy kerbs from the back of small trucks. Previously, kerbs were lifted with a small crane and manually handled into position, but Amey was seeking an alternative which would both enhance Health and Safety for operatives and improve productivity.
After an extensive search of the market for effective solutions, FLG Services sourced the Easygrip EXG Border Stone Handle from Probst. Just 12kg in weight yet ultra-strong, the Easygrip mechanical grab is easily attached to a Mini Excavator to handle kerb stones. With gripping range up to 300mm and allowing a maximum load of 550kg, just one person is able to operate the grab mechanically. Amey carried out a successful trial of the Probst equipment and FLG Services invested in the product for use by Amey.
Following this success, FLG Services worked alongside Amey to provide another solution to easily and safely lift heavy round columns on-site and in yard areas from horizontal to vertical positions. An international search of innovative new products on the market led to FLG Services importing equipment from Germany.
Sourced once against from Probst, FLG Services invested in the Column Grab MPVZ-V and the Column Handles PVZ. The Column Grab has adjustable gripping width and is designed to lift concrete and wooden columns from horizontal to vertical positions, whilst the Column Handles are especially suited for the carrying and laying of round and rectangular concrete or wooden columns. Clamping is independent of the length and the columns can be set close enough to touch one another.
David Black Amey’s Account Director for North Lanarkshire said: “The fact that FLG Services were able to provide specific equipment to meet our lifting needs demonstrates the close relationship we have with our supply chain and our joint commitment to safety. We are delighted with the solutions offered and all three of the new FLG products are now on long-term hire with Amey.”