Working as a supplier to hundreds of busy construction sites across the country, Wernick Hire ensures all its hire equipment is thoroughly inspected and meets all safety regulations. One of their most popular hire products is the Groundhog Welfare Unit.
To make sure customers always receive Groundhog units of the highest standard, Wernick Hire undertakes frequent inspections of their equipment. With the Groundhog Unit in particular, servicing of the wheels and running gear is vital to ensuring the unit remains well run and road worthy. In order to achieve this, access to the underside of the unit is required.
Devices are available to help operatives access the under-side of these units, but Wernick Hire are committed to constantly improving the health and safety at their premises and so challenged themselves to devise an in-house solution.
Health and Safety Manager Nick Burd designed a Service Cradle for the Groundhog units to rest upon whilst under-going inspections and maintenance. The drawings for the Cradle were taken to steel fabricators Tennamast, who traditionally make yacht and boat trailers, to create a robust steel frame with a safe working load of 2500Kg.
To use the Service Cradle, operatives lift the Groundhog units using fork-lift trucks and place them on the steel structure. Once on the cradle the undersides of the Groundhog units are easily accessible for any maintenance work and inspections. They provide a sturdy form of support and access, and a working environment with good ergonomics.
Thanks to the success of these units and the positive feedback from the staff using it, the Groundhog Service Cradle is now used at all Wernick Hire depots.
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