Examples of lifting equipment and accessories

Lesson Progress:
Inertia braked gin wheels (where the wheel brakes automatically if the rope is released) are now common practice and far safer than traditional gin wheels

Lifting equipment is any work equipment (such as cranes (mobile and static), hoists, telehandlers and excavators) that is used for mechanically lifting or lowering any load, including people.

  • Scaffold hoists and gin wheels.
  • Passenger/goods hoists.
  • Telehandlers
  • Excavators being used as a crane.
  • Rough terrain forklifts.
  • Crawler, mobile and tower cranes.
  • Mobile elevating work platforms.
  • (MEWPs).
  • Lorry loaders.

There should be a lift plan for any operation being carried out by any form of lifting equipment. The detail of the plan will reflect the complexity of the operation. Work involving people at height or loads which are difficult to sling is more complicated and would require a more detailed lifting plan.

Lifting accessories are items of equipment used for attaching the load to the lifting equipment.

  • Chains.
  • Shackles.
  • Ropes.
  • Spreader-beams.
  • Slings.
  • Eye bolts.
  • Hooks.