Hoists gain traction for vertical transportation on site

SA French hoists comply with all safety regulations and are available to move both people and materials.
Image credit: SA French 

According to Quentin van Breda, managing director of SA French, hoists are gaining traction for the vertical transportation of personnel and materials across a range of industries, including the construction and mining sectors.

He attributes the increased popularity to the requirement to be able to safely move people and materials to levels where critical activities must be performed without losing productivity – one of the main challenges on any site.

While many sites use tower cranes to handle and move heavy loads across a wide area, this cannot be justified for smaller components such as scaffolding material and other equipment. Tower cranes also cannot be used to move personnel to various levels.

“The traditional method of moving such equipment manually is not productive at all, and often results in excessive standing time with the associated loss of productivity, and even worse can increase unsafe work practice on a site,” Van Breda explains.


The hoists supplied by SA French incorporate advanced security safety
including speed regulators and an overspeed emergency braking system.
Image credit: SA French

Contractors require lifting equipment that will transport both men and materials to various levels on multi-storey constructions, while reducing manual handling and injury risk. Hoists not only fit the profile for this type of lifting activity, but can also travel at a speed that is effective and safe.

“Often the vertical lifting of men and materials is not appreciated in terms of the complexity it adds to logistics on a construction or mining site,” Van Breda says. The challenge is to provide safe, efficient vertical travel on a project while it is being constructed.

SA French recently supplied a hoist to Kusile Power Station as a best-fit logistical vertical lifting solution, as well as delivering two 0.5t passenger hoists to a copper mine in Zambia to move personnel, light tools and equipment up the shaft headgear framework.

The company has also provided purpose-engineered single mast hoists equipped with two separate cages – 2t capacity for carrying personnel and 3.2t capacity for material – to Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Africa (MHPS). Both cages can operate simultaneously and configuration allows for forklift to load material, increasing productivity.


The use of hoists for vertical transportation of personnel and materials is
gaining traction across a wide range of industries, including the construction
and mining sectors.
Image credit: SA French 



17 Mar 2017


By Robyn Grimsley
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