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One Year Anniversary

It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since LGS became a part of the Axel Johnson International Group, and what an incredible year it has been.

In addition to successfully navigating substantial #business growth, we’ve been discovering the myriad benefits of being part of a larger, more expansive group. Though our journey is ongoing, the achievements of the past 12 months are truly noteworthy.

Ambitious plans, particularly in areas like #sustainability, enhanced employment terms, and the ability to offer truly national services, have been realized at a pace that would have been considerably slower if we were operating independently.

We owe a huge shout out to our fellow Lifting Solutions Group businesses in the UK and the entire Axel Johnson family. Special appreciation goes to Lifting Gear UK Ltd and their exceptional team, with whom we’ve forged ever-closer ties. Thank you for your warm welcome and collaborative spirit—it has truly made this journey a success!

HP Planet Partner scheme

Lifting Gear and Safety is part of Axel Johnson International and its group-wide sustainability work. Sustainability is a fundamental part and prerequisite of the group’s business model.

As well as this, Lifting Gear and Safety take steps towards a more sustainable future.

We recently signed up for the HP Planet Partner scheme, allowing us to return empty printer ink cartridges to HP.

This means our ink cartridges will become new products and will not end up in oceans and landfills.

Time To Talk Day

The 2nd January is Time to Talk Day, a day for people to talk about mental health, help change lives, and support each other.

At Lifting Gear and Safety, we take mental health seriously. That is why we introduced and trained mental health champions within the business. They are there to support whenever needed by fellow colleagues.

We spoke with LGS mental health champion Lee Abdalla, and this is what he said:

“I chose to be trained to enable myself to feel more comfortable and confident to speak about mental health and know more about how to respond to a situation should it arise. This allows me to better support my colleagues. Other people should consider being trained, the more people trained within the workplace, the better we can all support each other day to day.”

National Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week. This annual event shines a spotlight on the incredible benefits of apprenticeships, serving as a reminder that learning extends far beyond traditional classroom settings.

We spoke with Harvey Sciacsia, a Lifting Equipment Technician level 3 Apprentice, here at LGS to hear about his experience.

Harvey said:

“I’m currently doing the Lifting Equipment Technician level 3 apprenticeship, the duration on the course is two years. My main responsibilities are to attain an understanding of LOLER and gain knowledge of lifting products.

So far, I’ve gained so much confidence in the workplace, I really enjoy shadowing the senior engineers and picking up knowledge along the way. My goal is to become a qualified competent lifting technician.

I’m really enjoying the experience so far and would recommend a lifting apprenticeship to anyone who wants to earn and learn at the same time.”

Axel Johnson International’s Personal Leadership Programme

Lifting Gear and Safety are proud to share that two employees recently attended Axel Johnson International’s Personal Leadership Programme.

Lee Abdalla, Area Manager, and Emma Elson, Port Talbot Depot Manager, recently completed the AxInter Personal Leadership Programme. The programme is completed over a total of five days and is carefully tailored and designed for leaders within Axel Johnson International.

The purpose is to provide the tools to build personal leadership skills in line with expected culture and leadership behaviours in Axinter. The participants, after the training, should feel that they can go home and directly transform what they have learned and practice this in their daily work life.

Lee Abdalla, said:

“It was a privilege to be asked to attend the course, it gave me a great opportunity to expand my skill set, it has enabled me to better understand and support the team I work with.

I really enjoyed meeting people from the wider Axel Johnson group from various roles within the business, I found it really beneficial to hear other people’s thoughts and opinions and the different ways of working”.

LEEA Awards 2023

LGS were proud to be part of the AxInter group at the 2023 LEEA Awards, with the group winning the Sustainability Prize for the r-PET slings ( made from recycled polyester. These products have a 70% CO2 reduction in comparison to the standard product. Congratulations to all involved with this innovative product.

WE support GLAD 2023

On the 13th of July 2023 we recognise the Global Lifting Awareness Day (GLAD). Certex UK, and the other companies in Axel Johnson’s Lifting Solutions GroupLifting Gear and SafetyLifting Projects UK, and Lifting Gear UK, always promote safe lifting, so, we support GLAD 2023.

GLAD, now in its fourth year, is driven by the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) and brings together all industry stakeholders striving to promote safe and high quality load lifting.

Fighting gravity is inherently dangerous and getting it wrong can lead to accident, injury, and even fatality. That is why we are uniting with other manufacturers, suppliers, and end users within the challenging but rewarding lifting sector, to spread and raise awareness for the importance of safe lifting.

Our Lifting Know How is a series of content available to all on our website and Youtube channel. It aims to increase safety and reduce the number of accidents that occur during lifting. For many years, we have delivered innovative solutions to our customers’ lifting problems, and thus increasing our experience and expertise.

We use our Lifting Know How to give our customers the best service and technical support and are proud to help our employees reach the highest possible standards safely. Whether advice on product selection, how to solve a lifting task, or training course information is required, Lifting Gear and Safety is happy to help.

In support of GLAD 2023, over the coming weeks, approaching the 13th of July, we will be sharing our Lifting Know How video series, over on our LinkedIn page, to offer knowledge and support ensuring safety for all on site.

Vertikal Days 2023

LGS will be partnering with our sister companies in the Axel Johnson Lifting Solutions Group (Certex UK and Lifting Gear UK) at this year’s Vertikal Days show on May 10th and 11th. Come and see us on stand MP12 –

Anderton Boat Lift

Lifting Gear & Safety were approached in August last year by a client to provide safety solutions on the feat of engineering or “Cathedral of the Canals” known as the Anderton Boat Lift in Northwich, Cheshire.

The lift on the Trent and Mersey Canal was built by Edwin Clarke in 1875. Hailed as one of the “Seven Wonders of the Waterways”, it was in operation for more than 100 years until 1983 when it closed due to corrosion.

The lift reopened to the public in 2002 after a multi-million pound restoration but has been out of action since August last year due to the failure of a safety mechanism.

Working alongside the Canal & Rivers Trust, their engineering consultants and appointed contractors, L.G.S. consulted with their trusted supplier Globestock Limited to supply twelve off G Guard 1500 Load Arrestors. Four of which were installed by our engineers on to the Caisson Gates of the lift to proved a secondary safety backup in tandem with the re-engineered lifting arms and receivers.

The eight off additional Load Arrestors are stored on site to allow for a structured service program going forward, meaning the Boat Lift will never be out of action for very long during scheduled inspections and maintenance.

In addition to supplying and fitting the Arrestors, L.G.S. engineers were on hand to provide a full six-monthly thorough examination of all other associated lifting apparatus, including six off powered winches, wire ropes, sockets, pulleys, chains, hydraulic cylinders and anchor points. All of which have been added to our Online Inspection Portal to allow the Canal & Rivers Trust instant up to date access to their inspection reports.

It was particularly pleasing that after facing quite a few hurdles along the way over the months from August 2022 to March 2023 the Boat Lift was able to reopen to the public as originally planned on Good Friday.

We’re now very much looking forward to working with the CRT and their partners on many more of their upcoming projects across the waterways of the UK.

LGS strengthens marine team

We are pleased to announce the addition of Steve Bockett to our marine team. Steve joins LGS with a broad knowledge of marine safety having worked in the sector for many years. He joins our Fareham branch supporting our customers on the south coast. Welcome aboard!