Why Mezzanine Goods Lifts Are A Good Investment?

Mezzanine Goods Lifts are a good investment for any business that needs to move large numbers of goods to different levels.  They reduce the need to manually handle goods which is beneficial for staff health and wellbeing. Access to mezzanine goods lifts is either by ramp or on level ground by sinking the base of the lift into a pit.  Pallets and other goods can be loaded onto the lift using forklift trucks which eliminates the need for manual handling.

The goods lifts are easy to install as they are self-supporting structures which connect to each floor level.  All mezzanine goods lifts are built to customer specifications and comply with essential safety requirements of machinery safety regulations.  There are safety gates and call buttons at each level ensuring a smooth elevation to each level. This doesn’t only reduce workplace injuries it also increases the rate at which goods are prepared for delivery.

A workplace injury is expensive for businesses and the person involved.  Illness and injury cost £15 billion in 2016/2017 with workplace injury accounting for 35% of that total.  This is a whopping £5.2 billion costs in workplace injury alone. Therefore it is financially prudent for businesses to make every effort to make their premises as safe as possible.  (Source: hse.gove.uk)

The Cost Of Injuries In The Workplace

Injuries in the workplace are costly for businesses but even more so for the injured party.  Injuries may result in workers being unable to continue working due to the resulting disability.  Those who are able to return to work may spend a lot of time in recovery before they return to work.  This requires employers to go through the cost of recruiting and training temporary employees. There is also the cost of compensation claims to include in the total costs incurred.

The Health and Safety At Work Regulations 1999 states that all employers must conduct thorough risk assessments to eliminate or reduce risks.  Businesses with over five employees must record the main findings of the risk assessment. (Source: ati.org.uk) The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 looks at reducing the amount of manual handling required in industries.  It states, ‘mechanise tasks where they cannot be avoided by the use of trolleys, barrows, lifts or hoists’. A mezzanine goods lift fulfils this requirement and maintains the wellbeing of the workforce.

Challenger Mezzanine Goods Lifts Safety Equipment

Challenger mezzanine goods lifts are built to the specific requirements of each individual customer.  Each lift comes with a self-standing structure which attaches to each floor. Safety features include; slack rope switch, instantaneous safety gear, retiring cams, interlocked collapsible gate,  journey timer, stop switches, pit props and enclosed lift car roof.

All of Challenger’s Mezzanine Goods Lifts comply with essential safety requirements of machinery regulations. This ensures the safety of your workforce and reduces the costs relating to injury which makes purchasing a mezzanine goods lift an excellent financial investment.

If you would like to find out more about Challenger Mezzanine goods lifts contact us and we would be happy to discuss your options.

How Many Types Of Lifts Are There?

Lifts have revolutionised all aspects of life allowing buildings to be accessible and to improve deliveries and services in many different industries.  A lift is simply a platform that moves up and down carrying either people or products. Presently there are five main types of lifts; barrel hoists, disability platform lifts, Mezzanine Goods Lifts, scissor table lifts and service lifts.

Archimedes invented the very first lift in 336 BC using a simple open carriage contraption pulled up vertically using hoists.  The very first lifts were manually operated by people, animals and occasionally wheels. They were used to transport water, building materials and other heavy objects with ease.

The Romans continued to use these types of lifts for many years contributing to the rise of the Roman Empire.  King Louis XV commissioned the very first passenger lift in 1743 to carry him up to his mistress’ apartments on the second floor.  The technology was very much the same as the lifts the Romans used. Lifts became mechanically operated in the 1800’s due to advances in technology. (Source: Gizmodo.com)

Barrel Hoists

Barrel hoists lift barrels and cylindrical objects between floors in licensed premises, public houses and restaurants.  They are simple to operate and maintain and only require a 240-volt single phase supply. Constant pressure push buttons provide complete control during all aspects of the operation. A braked motor interlinked to a sprocket assembly with twin chains enables equal distribution of the load.  Two cantilevered steel arms support the load within the mainframe.

The barrel hoist is able to transport beer kegs, drums and gas cylinders to different levels regardless of their awkward shape.  Compliance with European safety regulations results in a safe working environment with no risk of personal injury.

Disability Platform Lifts

Disability platform lifts enable businesses and visitors centres to comply with the 2010 Equality Act.  They allow people with mobility issues, breathing difficulties, low energy and heart conditions to enjoy work and pleasure without restrictions.  People with disabilities are able to effortlessly move between different levels on a simple platform using constant pressure buttons. There is a call station at every landing stage and the lift is able to operate between two to six floors.

Each lift has a capacity of 400 kg which is approximately four people.  The mechanism is a screw and nut assembly powered by 380/3/50 vac electric motor.  Flooring is none slip and each lift is self-supporting with only the landing stages connected to the building structure.  Access to the lift is either via a ramp or level access at floor level.

Mezzanine Goods Lifts

Mezzanine goods lifts make it possible to move goods, cartons, pallets and other large deliveries without manual intervention. Each lift is individually designed to suit the environment it is operating in.  

They are self-supporting structures with fixings at each floor level. Access is via a ramp or shallow pit area. There is an electronic push button at each level with safety gates.  All Mezzanine goods lifts comply with the Essential Safety Requirements of machinery safety regulations.

Scissor Table Lifts

Scissor table lifts are used to load trucks and unload goods in order to place them in storage.  They are available with single, double or triple vertical scissors depending on the length of the platform.  Every unit is designed to accommodate each individuals companies requirements in relation to the platform size and lifting height.

They can be installed in either a pit or at floor level with the option of a concertina safety mesh around the perimeter.  Hydraulic power packs drive the lifts either mounted or remotely depending on its size. Work cradles can be mounted onto the structure if required.

A full perimeter pressure safety bar causes the lift to stop immediately if there is an obstruction when it is being lowered. The lifts are built to comply with the essential safety requirements of machinery safety regulations.

Service Lifts

Service lifts are traditionally known as, ‘Dumb Waiters’, because they transport food and dirty dishes to and from the kitchen.  They are set at a height which makes unloading and loading comfortable for the user. They are also referred to as under bar lifts and are supplied with either a 50 kg or 100 kg capacity. The maximum distance is 4000 mm between each floor.

They are operated by a push button call station with lights to indicate progress.  A sprocket and chain drive drives the lift and is mounted in a machine room at the top of the lift.  Food grade stainless steel is used and the machinery complies with the essential requirements of machinery safety regulations.  Challenger Dumb waiters also carry a CE mark.

If you would like to find out more about the different lifts we manufacture please contact us.


Lifts With Wow Factor

At Challenger Group we are very proud of the lifts we manufacture but are first to admit that; disability platform lifts, mezzanine goods lifts, scissor table lifts and service lifts are more practical than interesting.  We thought that we would lighten up your coffee break or commute with examples of amazing lifts all over the world.

AquaDom – Germany

Source: Visitsealife

If you dream of swimming in the deep ocean with lots of beautiful fish without getting wet, then this truly is the most amazing lift you will ever experience.  The AquaDom is located in a sealife centre in Berlin.  The dimensions of this lift structure are:-

  • 25 metres high
  • 2000 tons
  • 12 metres wide
  • 1 million litres of water
  • Over 1,500 fish
  • ¾ divers clean the tank
  • 8 Kg of food is used every day.

People even get married in the AquaDom – hopefully that is not when there is a school trip on.

Rising Tide Elevator

Source : Oasis of the sea Blogspot

Keeping with a nautical theme, if you love the ocean and a cocktail or two this is the lift for you. The Rising Tide Elevator or Bar, as it should be more accurately called, is located in the MS Oasis Of The Sea.  The lift acts as transportation and entertainment in the largest cruise ship in the world.  Apparently the whole journey takes 8 minutes and you can enjoy cocktails with 34 other passengers.  There is even a zip wire on the deck of this giant floating paradise.  If you happen to win the lottery you may want to experience this lift for yourself – don’t forget to send a postcard.

Hammetschwand Elevator – Switzerland

Source: My Switzerland

Located in Switzerland, the Hammetschwand Elevator is not for the faint hearted.  With the accolade of being the highest external lift in Europe.  It travels 153 metres to look over Lake Lucerne.  The experience last less than a minute.  In 1935 it was upgraded from being a wooden structure to being a metal one.  It is obviously the quickest way to reach the summit so if you don’t like heights close your eyes.

The Sky Tower – Auckland (NZ)

Source: Wikipedia

The Sky Tower is huge with a wonderful view and iconic status in the Auckland skyline.  There are three glass fronted lifts that whizz up to the top in seconds and the structure is earthquake proof.  Here are some more amazing facts about the Sky Tower.

  • 328 metres tall.
  • Tallest man made structure in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Part of the Skycity Auckland Casino Complex.
  • Took three years to build 1994 – 97.
  • Has a rotating restaurant
  • Five levels can be accessed by the public.
  • Over 415,000 people visit per year.

One family wasn’t impressed by the structure on the 7th August 2011 because the lift stopped working for 45 minutes and they were trapped inside. (Source: Auckland Now)

They are all amazing lifts in awesome settings but they all actually work on the same principle as that conventional lift in your office – only in a much more exciting location.  If you would like to find more information about our practical well manufactured lifts please contact us here.