Bespoke jib means no need for crane
21 July 2023
THE MARBLE Mosaic Company specialises in architectural concrete cladding. When working at an offsite storage site, the firm realised it needed a machine to assist with moving products in the yard, ready for storage, delivery, and distribution.
Health & safety manager Alex Vittle explains: “At our offsite storage yard, we previously haven’t used any heavy plant equipment, mainly due to limited space available. We didn’t have a crane available on-site, but our team needed manual handling assistance to move the heavy concrete units within the yard, meaning we’d need to either purchase and store a crane, or hire one in the short term. Both options of which are costly and timely.
“We were researching the suitability of a multitude of tools to support us in the most cost-effective, productive, and efficient way. During this, we discovered Contact Attachments, and were excited by the exact suitability of the attachments available, as well as the option to develop bespoke solutions.
“Having a bespoke attachment specifically designed with our business’ needs in mind is a huge benefit. It’s been purposely designed to work with our existing equipment, meaning it absolutely meets our very specific needs in moving heavy concrete units. It’s also a valuable resource for our team, allowing us to provide a high quality and efficient service to our customers, and saving us money too – which in this current climate is absolutely vital for business.”
“After we got in touch, we worked with the Contact team to design our specific forklift jib. And, we were relieved that we wouldn’t need to source a crane on this occasion.
“Now we’re using the bespoke jib on a B3 18T Sisu Forklift Truck, and it supports us in the lifting and distribution of the precast concrete units. It’s ensured that we don’t need to invest or hire a mobile crane, which would have, undoubtedly, been a much more costly affair.
“Lifting un-palletised or awkward loads from difficult-to-reach places isn’t easy, and so having a bespoke attachment specifically designed with our business’ needs in mind is a huge asset. The rating capacities have been carefully calculated to ensure the truck is never overloaded, meaning safety is always a priority. In addition to being purposely designed to work with our existing equipment, it absolutely meets our very specific needs.
“It’s provided us with a better resource for our team – removing the need to ‘make do’, allowing us to provide a high quality and efficient service to our customers, and saving us money, which in this current climate is absolutely vital for business.”
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