Guide to the safe loading, storing, lifting (LOLER) and testing of stillages

Stillages, especially when laden, are heavy. Therefore, it’s important that they are loaded, moved and transported safely at all times. If you intend to lift your stillages using a forklift or crane, please carefully read the information below.

Remember that most of our stillages can be manufactured using castor wheels for improved mobility without the need for lifting with equipment. Please discuss your stillage requirements with us before placing your order or call us for further advice.

This guide is divided in to 2 parts:

1. I want information about the safe loading, storing and forklift lifting of stillages (CLICK HERE)

2. I want information about the safe crane lifting of stillages (CLICK HERE)


1. Guide to safe loading, storing, and forklift lifting of stillages

Our range of stillages and post pallets are manufactured to be durable and long-lasting. Please review the table below for information regarding loading and storage.

Please note that the following table is for STANDARD PRODUCTS only. Changing the products specifications (e.g. replacing standard feet with castors) may alter the SWL (Safe Working Load) and/or the Safe Stacking Height. See individual product pages for further information.

We recommend that products intended to be lifted by forklift are fitted with forklift pockets. This is a low cost option available on most of our products. See individual product pages for further information.

Product name

Product Code

Safe Working Load

Safe Stacking Height*

Metal Stillage with Solid Sides

SS01

1000KG

4

Double-Width Stillage with Solid Sides

DWSSSB

1000KG

4

Large Lockable Site Box

LSWL

1000KG

4

Large Lockable Site Box with Mesh Inserts

LSHDFMI

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Solid Sides and Half Drop Front Door

HDSS01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Solid Sides and Detachable Front

DSS01

1000KG

4

Large Lockable Site Box with Half Drop Front

LSHDFWL

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Fixed Internal Partitions

SSFP01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Half Drop Front Door (XL)

HDHD01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Open Front

OFSS01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Removable Partitions

SSRP01

1000KG

4

Chute Storage Stillage

MC01

1000KG

4

Double Width Lockable Site Box with Half Drop Front

DLSHDFWL

1000KG

4

3 Sided Chute Stillage with Tilted Base

STB

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Mesh Sides

MS01

1000KG

4

Double Width Stillage with Mesh Sides

DWMSSB

1000KG

4

Foldable Pallet Cage

GFWMS01

800KG

4

Metal Stillage with Mesh Sides and Detachable Front

DMS01

1000KG

4

Combined Post Pallet Rack and Storage Cage

CPPMS

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Mesh Sides and Open Front

OFMS01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Mesh Sides and Half Drop Front

HDMS01

1000KG

4

Gas Bottle Cage for Argon Gas Bottles

GCA

N/A

N/A

Metal Stillage with Mesh Sides and Hatch Door

MSHD01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Solid Sides, Shelf and Double Drop Front Doors

DDSS01

1000KG

4

Metal Post Pallet with Demountable Legs

DMPP01

1000KG

4

Budget Post Pallet with Demountable Legs

DMBPP01

1000KG

4

Budget Metal Post Pallet

BPP01

1000KG

4

Demountable Metal Post Pallet (Heavy Duty)

DHPP01

1000KG

4

Metal Post Pallet with Solid Base

PPSB01

1000KG

4

Demountable Metal Post Pallet (Heavy Duty) with 1.3 Legs

DHPP02

1000KG

4

Metal Post Pallet

MPP01

1000KG

4

Post Pallet Rack/Storage Cage (2 Bay)

PMSS

1000KG

4

Post Pallet Rack/Storage Cage (3 Bay)

PMSS

1000KG

4

Double Width Metal Post Pallet

DWMPP01

1000KG

4

Basic Metal Post Pallet (Unpainted)

PPS01

700KG

4

Galvanised Metal Post Pallet/Demountable

GMPP

1000KG

4

Galvanized Metal Post Pallet/Demountable

ZGPP01

1000KG

4

Reel, Carpet and Pipe Post Pallet

HDTT

1000KG

4

Trestle Stands

HDT

1000KG

n/a

A Frame Stillage (Short)

AFS

1500KG/3000KG**

n/a

A Frame Stillage (Tall)

AFSH

1500KG/3000KG**

n/a

Pipe Trolley

PRR

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Double-Width Pipe Trolley

DWPT

750KG/1000KG*

n/a

Pipe Trolley with Demountable Legs

PRRD

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Trikke

AC01

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

2-Tier Table Trolley

HDTTT

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Industrial Trolley (Mesh Sides)

HDMTT

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Stock Trolley

SST

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Pipe Trolley (Mesh Shelves)

HDTTM

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Panel Trolley

SPBT

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Distribution Trolley

HDDT

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Platform Truck

HDPT

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Platform Truck (heavy duty)

HDPTT

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Connecting Pipe Trolley

CPRS

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Cantilever Trolley

CT1

300KG

n/a

Pipe & Bar Trolley

HDMPR

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

UK Pallet Trolley

UKPT

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Euro Pallet Trolley

EPT

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Drum Dollly

DD

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Pipe & Rod Storage Rack

HDSR

1000KG

n/a

FIBC Hopper for Forklifts

BBFH

n/a

n/a

FIBC Filling Hopper

BBFH2

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

Stillage Hopper (x4 Chute)

SFH2

n/a

n/a

Stillage Hopper

SFH

750KG/1000KG**

n/a

FIBC Frame

PPBHSB01

1000KG

n/a

FIBC Frame (Demountable Legs)

DBBH

1000KG

n/a

Drum Stillage

SDR

1000KG

n/a

Forklift Gas Bottle Handler

FGBH

1000KG

n/a

*Please note that the total stacked load should not exceed the Safe Working Load of that product.
**Depending on castor fitted

 

2. Guide to safe crane lifting of stillages (LOLER)

We also have a range of stillages that have been specifically designed to be lifted or lowered by crane.

These stillages, along with any applicable lifting accessories (e.g., lifting eyebolts and/or shackles) are thoroughly examined by our authorised testing and examination team.

Example images of stillages that are suitable for lifting:

Image of stillage being lifted by forklift crane

Crane Lift Stillage with Solid Sides.

Image of mesh pallet cage being lifted by forklift crane

Crane Lift Stillage with Mesh Sides.

Please ensure that you select the right stillage to suit your needs. If you are unsure, or if you need a product manufactured to your own specifications, please contact us prior to ordering.

Product name

Product Code

Safe Working Load

Safe Stacking Height*

A Frame Stillage

CL-AFS

1000KG

n/a

FIBC Lifting Jib

BBLJ

1000KG

n/a

FIBC Lifting Frame

BBLF

1000KG

n/a

Forklift Mounted Jib

FMJA

1000KG

n/a

Forklift Spreader Beam

FLSB

1000KG

n/a

Forklift Lifting Hook

FLH

1000KG

n/a

Metal Stillage with Mesh Sides

CL-MS01

1000KG

4

Double-Width Metal Stillage with Mesh Sides

CL-DWMSSB

1000KG

4

Double-Width Metal Stillage with Solid Sides

CL-DWSSSB

1000KG

4

Metal Half Drop Front Stillage

HDMS01

1000KG

4

Mesh Stillage & Detachable Front

DMS01

1000KG

4

Mesh Stillage & Hatch Door

MSHD01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage, Solid, Detachable Front

DSS01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage, Solid, Half Drop Front

HDSS01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage with Solid Sides

CL-SS01

1000KG

4

Half Drop Front Solid Stillage

HDHD01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage Fixed Partitions

SSFP01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage Removable Partitions

SSRP01

1000KG

4

Chute Stillage

MC01

1000KG

4

Metal Stillage Double Drop Front

DDSS01

1000KG

4

Lockable Site Stillage

LSWL

1000KG

4

Lockable Site Stillage/Drop Front

LSHDFWL

1000KG

4

Lockable Site Stillage/Mesh

LSHDFMI

1000KG

4

*Please note that the total stacked load should not exceed the Safe Working Load of that product.

Thorough Examination of lifting equipment

Once our lifting products have been manufactured, each product is thoroughly examined by our team which have completed training in the Thorough Examination of Lifting Equipment Accessories. Training was delivered by Lloyds British (Speedy Group) in May 2021. Copies of our training certificates can be issued on request.

Our thorough examination of lifting equipment includes the following component checks:

  • Condition and structure of the product
  • SWL (Safe Lifting Weight) markings clear and securely attached
  • Serial number markings clear and securely attached
  • Feet
  • All welds complete
  • Cracking of welds
  • Floor plate
  • Lifting points

Once the products have been thoroughly examined our certified team will then issue a “Report of a Thorough Examination and Test of Lifting Equipment” certificate. This certificate is issued in accordance with the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) Schedule 1.7 and The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 Regulation 6.

This certificate will include the following information:

  • Certificate issued by (Prospect Engineering (MIA) Ltd t/a Metal Cages & Pallets)
  • Issued to – your company name as per your billing address
  • Tag ID – this is the Identification Mark of the Equipment, and will contain a unique ID number
  • Description of equipment, and any additional accessories supplied
  • Number of units examined
  • Safe Lifting Weight/Working Load Limit
  • Date of next Thorough Examination (6 months from first examination date)

 

ID/Marking of lifting equipment

Each product will then be given a unique tag which is fixed to the product. This tag will include the following information:

  • ID number
  • SWL (Safe Lifting Weight) in KG
  • Test date


Safe use of lifting equipment

Once your products have arrived, we recommend that you first give the products a thorough examination (this should be done by a competent person) to check for possible damage during transit.

Once in use we recommend that you regularly inspect the products, keeping your own records of any through examinations made.

  • We do not recommend that our stillages (empty or laden) are lifted using straps.
  • We recommend that you have a Safe Lifting Policy in place, and that your employees and contractors are trained accordingly.
  • You should ensure that your stillages are inspected by a competent individual on a regular basis.
  • Once the testing certificate expires, you should not allow your stillages to be lifted

For further guidance please visit the HSE website:

https://www.hse.gov.uk/work-equipment-machinery/loler.htm


Re-testing of lifting equipment

Our through examination certificates expires after 6 months from the date of the first examination.

Once the product reaches this date you have the following options:

  1. Destruction, or discontinue lifting (we also recommend that any lifting eyebolts or lifting fixings are permanently removed so that the product can no longer be used for lifting)
  2. Re-test. We are able to offer a UK service to thoroughly examine lifting products sold by ourselves every 6-months. Please contact us for further information
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