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Top tips that lift subcontractors should follow

28th November 2023

As a lift subcontractor your credentials will be reviewed by the main contractor/lift company before you start work on a project. They will check essential documentation and make sure you and your team have the right skills and experience to carry out the work. They will need to be confident you can not only deliver the work to the required standards but also do the job without risks to health and safety. Failure to do so could lead to serious repercussions for you as well as the main contractor. Here are our top tips to ensure you remain compliant and maximise your opportunities for new business.

Tip – keep insurance documents up to date
Because of the inherent risks in the lift industry, insurances are a must-have requirement, otherwise you could be vulnerable should a claim be made against you. These insurances will be dependent on the size of your company so make sure they provide the right level of cover and are up to date.

Tip – undertake regular training
Health and safety should be at the forefront of your mind. Undertaking regular training such as Toolbox Talks is an important health and safety measure, and keeps your staff on top of the latest regulations and equipment. Being able to prove your team are completing Toolbox Talks demonstrates your commitment in promoting a positive safety culture.

Tip – inspect your kit
It is important not to become complacent when working with tools, especially those that could pose a risk, however small. If something goes wrong as a result of a fault with your kit, it could not only cause injury or damage, but also leave you open to litigation. Make sure you are regularly inspecting your kit and keeping a record of the inspections.

Tip – take responsibility
It is your responsibility to carry out a job, so don’t rely on the main contractor. They won’t be present on site every day, so you need to ensure the welfare of your employees by planning your work and the equipment you need.

Tip – pay attention to manual chain hoists
Never ride on a lift that is being suspended on a manual chain hoist, as this could cause a risk to personal injury as well as property damage. Always move the lift from the landing to the required position and then secure a secondary safety device prior to getting onto the lift to work.

Tip – put your company and engineers in the spotlight
The best way for a contractor to check your qualifications and training, as well as insurances is to become LiftSafe. By registering on the lift engineer’s database, contractors can find out the credentials of your company and engineers to instantly see whether you are right for the job.

To become LiftSafe, register here.
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