Engineering firm elevates lift training for manufacturing sector29 June 2021

Vance Cunningham

The lift and escalator consultancy arm of a multi-disciplined engineering business is set to deliver a first in industrial and warehouse lift training after spotting a gap in the market.

First, tThe adi VT Lift & Escalator Consultancy, based in Birmingham appointed senior consultant Richard Arnold last August.

Now, adi VT managing director Vance Cunningham has his sights set on elevating his businesses’ potential even further. He says: “All too often we see industrial and manufacturing lifts being used incorrectly. These types of machinery are made to withstand immense pressure and weight loads, yet you’ll often find this as an excuse for forklifts, personnel or other types of equipment being loaded incorrectly. What staff don’t realise is that not only are they putting themselves at substantial risk of injury, but they are also potentially risking a massive loss of downtime if repairs are needed, costing manufacturers millions of pounds every year in the worst case scenarios.

“Of course, industrial and warehouse environments are subject to regular health and safety checks, and operators will have received some kind of training in lifting equipment operation, but there doesn’t appear to be a formal training programme out there. This is why I’m looking at the possibility of coupling the expertise we have in installing this equipment, with the knowledge that goes alongside it, for the benefit of others.”

The adi VT division is well versed in delivering mechanical handling, refurbishment and replacement support and maintenance programmes, alongside complete project line services across the manufacturing industry, as well as retail, commercial, educational, healthcare and leisure industries.

Its offering has supported these sectors throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as organisations sought to manage workflows, through traffic and adapt environments based on COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.

Throughout the last six months, the team at adi VT has travelled up and down the country, visiting sites and showcasing videos. The business has provided in-depth demonstrations as part of this new adi VT lift training service.

“Manufacturers now realise that it’s unlikely the country will return to the old ways of working – the pandemic has clearly been a huge wake-up call to the cost of downtime. Businesses utilising our services will be taking a positive step towards protecting their employees, as well as improving service efficiency. This will be achieved by increasing lift availability and reducing the cost of potential, expensive repairs,” he continued.

He continues: “The past 12 months have been hard for everyone, but with some kind of normality on the periphery, businesses should be reviewing their latest health and safety measures, and maintenance inspections, as well as ensuring their workforce know how to use and manage lifting equipment in a safe and appropriate way. What I’m hoping is that this kind of training can be certified, and with over 70 years of experience in the division, I’m sure that adi VT will be at the forefront of this programme.”

Operations Engineer

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