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November 23, 2011

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Lifting and handling – the Flygt Easylift

Flygt Easylift – a versatile and  portable solution to lifting from below ground – is described as an ideal solution to the dangers of working over open spaces, manholes, sumps and wells.

Developed by Flygt’s in-house engineering experts, Easylift was designed to comply with the Work at Height Regulations when lifting pumps and other equipment from below ground level. The company says it is a great benefit to any organisation whose employees are required to lift heavy, or cumbersome materials from below the ground.

The aluminium Easylift has a man-riding winch and secure support points, located on the main beam, which are provided for the attachment of fall-arrest equipment and comply with BS EN360, EN1496 Class B and EN795. Its adjustable legs are suitable for uneven ground and the length of the beam can be adjusted, if required, adds Flygt.

Easylift offers a stable lifting base by allowing the load to be moved across the beam to a safe place of work – much safer, says the company, than a traditional tripod system, which involves removing and changing the position of the manhole cover and pulling the load outside the tripod footprint.

For more details, call 01159 400111, or visit

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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