7 excellent reasons to invest in a goods lift
A goods lift really is a vital piece of machinery for moving heavy, bulky materials between floors. Practical, efficient and safe, a goods lift helps to avoid manual handling up and down stairs, in a multitude of environments and industries. Did you know that a good quality lift can move goods of every shape, size and weight, not only on trolleys and pallets, but also in crates, roll cages and even unpacked?
Read on for seven more excellent reasons why your business and your staff could benefit from installing a goods lift.
A goods lift helps you to optimise your building space
As your business expands, the cost to move it into new facilities can be prohibitive. That’s why so many forward-thinking business owners are installing a mezzanine level – an intermediate level between two main floors or the ground floor and ceiling of a building. A mezzanine often does not extend over the whole floorspace and is often built to gain additional space for storing stock or increasing production.
Of course, if your stock, parts or finished goods need to be moved up a floor, then what better way to move it than in a specialist goods lift?
A goods lift helps you to increase efficiencies
“I don’t need a goods lift, I have a forklift”, is a comment that we sometimes hear. However, over time a goods lift is more economical than a forklift. Here’s why.
A forklift needs a driver with a licence and training, and requires ongoing regulatory checks and retraining.
Our innovatively designed goods lift needs only one operator to push one button. They can even get on with other jobs whilst the automatic lift is in action.
Importantly, products in a goods lift are always caged so it is safer to transport them in this way when compared to a forklift.
Goods lift training is given by the installer and apart from a thorough examination, nothing else is needed to run the machinery.
A goods lift will streamline your operations
A custom-built goods lift will enhance your operations. For example, you may need the lift to open in a particular way to suit your loading patterns, or to stop at waist height to allow the operator to more easily transfer lighter goods. Alternatively, you may benefit from rollers to slide boxes on and off the lift or handrails and gates adding to the platform to contain and protect the load.
All of these options can be added onto a goods lift, depending on your needs – making it a truly customisable, flexible investment.
A goods lift will protect your products
A good quality goods lift will have a steady lift and lowering mechanism meaning your materials are safe and secure when on the move. The machine will also allow you to move goods in various containers and packaging – meaning less prep time to protect the stock inside – saving you time and money.
A goods lift can help you meet regulatory requirements
Some products need to be manufactured and stored within strict, regulatory boundaries. A custom-built goods lift can support these requirements through its finishes. For example, a goods lift finished with food grade stainless steel can be used for safely transporting food.
Talk to your account manager during your personal consultation about your application and we will do all we can to meet your expectations.
A goods lift will keep your staff safe and healthy
A goods lift completely removes the need for your staff to manually move heavy items. In Great Britain in 2021/22, 477,000 workers reported a work-related musculoskeletal disorder – including injured backs – so it is imperative that you do all you can to protect your staff, and meet your regulatory responsibilities.
Safety doesn’t just come in the form of removing manual handling. Built-in safety features are a standard part of any goods lift that you purchase from us. Interlocked gates that prevent opening when the lift is not in station, emergency stop buttons, manual emergency lowering, an overload sensor. Other safety features may be designed especially to meet your requirements, including safety chains, hose burst valves, and short bolts.
All designed to keep people safe.
There’s a tax benefit for installing a goods lift!
You might be surprised to know you can claim a capital allowance for installing a goods lift in your building, whether you rent the property or own it. This is because a lift is considered to be an integral feature. For more information about this, visit the Gov.uk website, speak to your accountant or call our sales team to learn more.
The comprehensive range of mezzanine lifts and goods lifts from Advanced Handling are perfect for a variety of buildings, including warehouses, factories, leisure venues, retail, and industrial premises. We have the knowledge and experience from working with a range of industries too including:
- Food and Drink
- Engineering and Manufacturing
- Distribution, packaging and shipping
Browser our website to see our full range of lifts or contact our sales team for a customised consultation.