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ENGINEERING: Lifting Guide For Industry


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ANCHOR Industries, leading supplier of products and services to the lifting and rigging industry in Southern Africa, has produced its first electronic lifting guide for this market. The Apex80 Lifting Guide was created in an effort to increase efficiency within the lifting and rigging industry and to provide users and distributors with information to safely perform lifting operations.

The Apex80 Lifting Guide consists of several easy referenced chapters including, Anchor Industries’ Lifting & Rigging catalogue, product manuals, South African Legislation and standards, a glossary of terms and the most common errors made when inspecting equipment. Additionally there are two interchangeable chapters, that is, a set of sling costing sheets and certificates in the Client version, and a 100-page fully customisable inspection register for lifting tackle in the End User version.

General information includes various aspects of lifting and rigging operations, standards, legislation, work load limits (WLL), sling angles and among others, calculating sling leg lengths.

The certificate layouts comply with the South African National Standards (SANS) and provide users with a standard, easy-to-read layout and in-depth information on the equipment.

The interactive chain and SWR sling costing spreadsheet in the client version is designed to ensure that the correct sling is supplied for the specific application and all components have been included in the costing. It also provides a bill of materials and instructions for the relevant staff assembling the slings.

The inspection register included with the end user version is fully customisable and enables the capturing of all lifting tackle as required by the Occupational Health & Safety Act.

The motivation to compile the lifting guide was initially as a result of the demand by Anchor Industries’ sales staff. However, the intention now is to present the industry with easy-to-access information that will ensure that the correct product is used according to the requirements of the job. “We are striving to educate users on safety aspects when operating lifting equipment in order to create greater product and safety awareness,” says MD Dale Hutcheson.

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