Selecting the right hoist for your refurb project

A refurbishment building project on a construction site will often have several different trades working at every level of a building, relying on hoists to take people and materials up to each level. A hoist is a lift that is installed onto a scaffolding or directly to the building, that will take materials up to a level where they can be unloaded and then people can use those materials to undertake building works. The building work is often varied; it could be major projects, roof-works, strips or refurbishments. Hoists hired from Rapid Platforms tend to be used on refurbishment and building maintenance type projects.

Selecting the right hoist for your construction refurbishment project is critical and choosing the right hoist supplier with qualified and experienced operatives and the technical know-how to advise on the right hoist for each specific job is crucial. Our customers are scaffolding contractors, roofing contractors, bricklayers, general building and refurbishment contractors. They all need a piece of equipment that is reliable, well maintained, compliant and safe. If the hoist breaks down, the site grinds to a halt, materials are left on the floor, and expensive tradespeople are unable to work. The right hoist is intrinsic to the site’s productivity.

Bespoke Hoist Hire

Every hoist hire is different. We have a range of different hoists that can be used depending on the variables on each specific site. Turnaround times and hire durations can vary. With this type of equipment, contractors often know what they want, but they might not know what model they need. Our friendly team of experts will explain the mechanics of the fixing needed; about the wall ties, tying into scaffolding or tying into the wall directly with the appropriate system. That’s why we ask lots of questions at the beginning. We need to know how high it needs to be, what type of lift is needed, what weight it needs to carry, amongst other things and then we can provide a hire price and arrange a free of charge site survey.

Free of charge Site Survey

Prior to any installation, we send our Hoist Managers to each site to undertake a detailed site survey and work collaboratively with the customer, the scaffolding company and structural engineers to ensure the project is a success. Once we’ve attended site and given them all the information, drawings, weight loadings for scaffolding etc, we will design and build the hoist for them.

Erect and strike service

We offer a full erect and strike service for all of the hoist fleet by our NVQ qualified erectors who all carry CSCS cards. All hoisting operations are completed in accordance with current regulations. A risk assessment is undertaken prior to installation. Prior to handover, one of our supervisor will undertake a final check and complete the LOLER, Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER). We react quickly to any issues that may occur on-site, such as breakdowns, damages. Due to the heavy-use and the nature of the works and materials being lifted, this type of equipment can get damaged when people don’t use them correctly.

Why choose us?

We have over 35 years experience in providing hoists from 150kg up to 850kg to heights of 100m meters. Our range of hoists can be designed to be attached to scaffolding or fixed directly to a build. We’ve got customers that have been using us for over 20 years and rely on us to provide a bespoke full package hire service on multiple projects. Call us on 01279 501501 to discuss your next project.