Cost effective solution to alleviate the weight/load concerns of operators
Client: Total Biumen
Site: Preston, Lancashire, UK
Total Bitumen has more than 40 years’ experience in the supply of materials for road construction and industrial applications. Total Bitumen has 3 main research centres in Europe: CReS (Lyon, France), Preston (UK) and Brunsbüttel (Germany). Each of these centres has extensive international design experience and state of the art testing facilities to meet the evolving needs of the bitumen markets in UK and Europe.
Following a review at the Preston site, it was found that a number of the folding stairs were becoming too heavy to lift; some operators were having difficulties lifting and lowering some of the units. Over the years IFC has been responsible for supplying the majority of folding stair units to the Preston site so it was natural for them to call on us to provide a solution to their on-site manual handling issue.
On-site there are 14 folding stair units, all from different manufacturers. Total Bitumen asked IFC Inflow to come up with a cost-effective solution to alleviate the weight and load concerns of its operators. This was easily dealt with by fitting one of our pneumatic power kits to the existing stair unit’s across the site.
The kit is designed specifically to alleviate the impact of repetitively manually lifting the folding stairs. It uses on-site compressed air to power a cylinder to the lifting and lowering of the stairs. The system comes with a control panel mounted at the top of the stairs with a simple, easy to use up/down lever control. The challenge was to come up with a solution to accommodate our pneumatic power kits to all the different stair units supplied over the years.
To meet these needs IFC Inflow designed and engineered a number of different brackets to allow the fitment of the air cylinder and control units to all 14 sets of folding stairs.
IFC Inflow has successfully supplied all units on-site with our pneumatic power kit alleviating any strain issues caused by some of the units to their operators.
Duncan McLeod, Total Bitumen Preston Engineering Manager commented:
“When faced with the task of reducing manual handling on our site, IFC presented Total with an easy and cost-effective proposition for our gantry steps. The work carried out by IFC was of the highest standard and was completed and operational with minimal disruption to our daily operations. Our drivers are all very happy with the air-powered set up.”