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GGF figures reveal the importance of safe manual handling practices

New figures obtained by Bohle form the Glass and Glazing Federation reveal an upward trend in manual handling incidents in the glass and glazing sector.

According to the latest GGF figures, while the number of reported accidents showed a 12% drop year-on-year from 2015 to 2016, the percentage of these that involved manual handling injuries increased from 17% to 20%.

Dave Broxton, Managing Director Bohle, said that with larger IGU units now being processed and installed, the potential for manual handling injuries increased.

He said: Insulated glazed units of 4m2 or more are now increasingly part of the standard production run.  And while good for volume and good for margin, their size, cost and potential to cause injury, makes safe and controlled handling paramount.

“This can be difficult enough on the factory floor and almost impossible on site, where constraints and limitations on space, present additional challenge, making the availability of the right equipment to do the job more important than ever.”

Bohle’s range of Veribor suction lifters are at the forefront of manual handling technology and have been refined over decades to make the manual handling of glass safer. This includes testing by TÜV and the subsequent accreditation, the TÜV GS mark is an independent guarantee of performance.

This includes Veribor blue line pump-activated suction lifters. Designed to support the safe manual handling of glass, stoneware and metal, the 601.1BL has a parallel load capacity of up to 120kg and features a high visibility pressure gage, which gives a clear indication of the strength of the vacuum and suitability for lifting.

These same defining principles have been applied by Bohle to the development of the LiftMaster B1 manual lifting device. With a compact design and handling weights of up to 180kg, the LiftMaster B1 has been designed to combine the safe and secure movement of glass units, with maximum flexibility.

Designed to be used with or without an electric pump, it delivers exceptional versatility, while a dual circuit vacuum system, reserve tanks, vacuum display and secondary vacuum indicator, ensure that it guarantees the highest levels of safety.

Available separately, the BO B18DM4 lifting frame fitted to the LiftMaster B1 can be detached and crane mounted, offering tremendous versatility in the workshop. They’re also highly maneuverable, featuring a tiltable rack and a rotating frame, which makes them ideal for unloading or loading glass from racking, transport or processing, plus a host of other uses.

“The LiftMaster B1 packs down to fit inside an estate car, a particularly useful feature for anyone charged with moving and fitting large units on site”, Broxton added.

He continued: “The glazing and glass processing industries have a reasonably good track record on safety but clearly if you’re working in any manufacturing industry, you’re exposed to an element of risk and the bigger the units or materials, the more damage they can do.

“Having access to the right handling equipment minimises this risk, making handling safer but also simpler and more efficient – a responsible approach to health and safety is simply good business practice.”


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