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Equipment used for moving

Most office removal companies own the following range of specialist move related equipment:

  • Range of purpose made packing cartons
  • A Frame
  • Range of plastic and wooden crates
  • System of pulleys (block and tackle)
  • Mobile cages and trolleys
  • Pinch bars, roller bars and spreader plates
  • Rubber topped skates
  • Banding machines
  • 2 wheel and six wheel sack barrows
  • Vehicle mounted hydraulic lifting equipment
  • Manual hydraulic pallet trucks
  • Tail lift vehicles with air ride suspension
  • Electric stair climbing equipment
  • Scaffolding / Tower frames
  • Hydraulic skoots
  • Hand held scanners
  • Toe jacks
  • other moving equipment

Small items moving equipment

Equipment for moving smaller items

Cartons, moving crates and cages and trolleys are used for transferring small items such as files, papers, discs, executive memorabilia, tools, store items and a whole range of small items as well as for the relocation of computers. Due to the limitations and restrictions contained within the Manual Handling Regulations, any cartons or crates are manoeuvred using rubber topped skates, sack barrows and / or manual pallet trucks.

Items that can not be packed into cartons, crates, cages and trolleys because of their bulk, are carried by trained operatives. If these types of items are too heavy to be carried, mechanical aids described below are used.

Heavy items moving equipment

It is normal to move safes or carry out machinery removals using hydraulic skoots, and / or roller bars, spreader plates and pallet trucks ( both manual and vehicular ). To enable use of these items it is normal to use pinch bars as levers and / or toe jacks to manoeuvre the items off the ground and position underneath the item the roller bars, plates and or pallet truck.

On occasion heavy items must be lifted from above and not from below. This will necessitate the use of a fork truck equipped with a lifting arm, chains and slings. Where access permits, hydraulic lifting equipment, which is fitted to a flat bed vehicle, can be used. These are commonly referred to as ‘Hiabs'.

Positioning of equipment into or onto vehicles is achieved using tail lifts on rigid vehicles and fork trucks or ‘Hiabs' onto flat bed vehicles.

Heavy items moving equipment

On rare occasions, ‘A frames' with block and tackle (pulley systems and ratchets) may be used to manoeuvre heavy engineering machinery because of restrictions on access.

Small but heavy items will be positioned onto pallet bases and secured with band strapping for safety during removal. This enables use of manual and vehicular pallet trucks.

Scaffold towers are used to protect the lifting and provide a staging area when heavy items are manoeuvred from an upper level. This method is used for moving items into and from upper levels. Smaller, heavy items are manoeuvred via stairwells using electric stair climbers - very useful when moving specialized equipment during hospital relocation.

The lifting capacities of these manual-lifting aids are:

Moving equipment lifting capacity
Tail lifts on rigid vehicles: 75 tonnes to 1.5 tonnes
Skoots (pair) : 1000 kgs
Manual  Pallet Trucks : 1.5 tonnes
Vehicular pallet / fork truck : 3 tonnes
Toe jacks : 5 tonnes
Hiab crane : 1.7 tonnes to 7 tonnes.

A Frame and pulley system (block and tackle) : as required

All of the above methods of operation are subject to individual TASK, SITE and RISK assessments before proceeding to ensure building structures, hard standing and flooring are suitable.

All lifting equipment including slings, webbs, chains should be tested and certified in accordance with Health & Safety Legislation.

Equipment for moving precious and sensitive items

Hand held scanners are utilised for recording movements of precious and sensitive items. They are used as a means of tracking specific items during a move process by downloading the information onto a specialist software programme.

COSHH & Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor Regulations 1999.

Movers should be fully aware of the above regulations and its liabilities. It is Group Policy to employ a specialist environmental contractor when DG goods are identified from the main 9 categories.

Where low risk classifications are identified and our DGSA has confirmed segregation, approved packing and movement, our operatives will be provided with all necessary personal protective equipment for their well being and protection. Prior to move activity all operatives will receive in depth briefing and during the move process will be supervised by relocation manager to ensure compliance of methodology.

Move methodology will be ascertained following  client and DGSA classification, and only after task, site and risk assessments have been completed.

Moving equipment