Carrying a heavy load anywhere can be dangerous and require forward thinking but carrying them on stairs can be even more perilous. Falling over on flat ground already has the potential for injury. You can suffer more minor injuries like cuts, grazes or bruises, or even break bones if you fall badly. However, falling from a height down a flight or two of stairs can easily cause more severe damage, including head injuries that could leave you in a real state. That is why lift equipment suppliers often offer a range of specialist lift testing equipment designed specifically to aid with lifting items up staircases, including specially made trolleys, lifting slings and more.
The first thing you should do, before you even turn to equipment, is to fully evaluate any potential risks and create a lift plan outlining how exactly you’re going to get the load up the stairs. In this plan, you should detail any equipment you’re planning to use, like a stair climber or lifting slings, as well as ensuring that they are up to snuff with lift testing equipment before carrying out the lift. If equipment were to break mid-lift, then this could cause an accident and injuries to yourself and colleagues, so testing it is incredibly important.
Stair climbers are specially designed trolleys that are designed to help the operator easily and safely carry loads upstairs. Lift equipment suppliers often stock a wide range of stair climbers, with each of them being more optimal for a variety of jobs. However, all of them allow for the safe manoeuvring of heavy loads upstairs. A lot of lift equipment suppliers will often extensively check over the stair climbers with lift testing equipment before sale or hire too, ensuring that the equipment is fit for the job, but make sure to double check this with the provider first.
Sack truck stair climbers, sometimes known as stair walkers, help to walk loads upstairs. They can carry up to 100kg using three wheels on either side of its base. Whilst they aren’t the fastest of methods as it needs to move one step at a time, they are still more effective than struggling and hurting yourself. They also still require the operator to use their own strength to move the climber, but they are cost-effective, and ideal for relatively lighter, or awkward to carry, loads.
The next step up is an electric powered stair climber, which can carry loads of up to 150kg upstairs. It has power assistance and improved grip, helping you to move loads upstairs more efficiently. The tracks on the climber also have adjustable speed, allowing you to adapt it to your needs as much as possible.
Powered stair climbers are the ultimate in assisted stair lifting. They can easily lift up to 310kg, and can be managed by one person. It features a heavy-duty electric system for lifting, with power buttons for operation. It also relieves a lot of the strain that other climbers can put on operator’s wrists and arms, making it ideal for frequent use.
For heavier, bulkier items, a stair climber may not be suitable. In this case, you could use lifting slings and a chain block or crane in order to lift the item up to the required floor via a different method. However, this requires a lot more planning and would only be recommended to experts who do jobs like this frequently and know what they’re doing.