Lifting Gear Hire Expands Capabilities with New Equipment

Lifting Gear Hire Corporation, Bridgeview, Ill., recently acquired horizontal and vertical proof testing machines that will enable it to test among the heaviest pulling and lifting hardware in the construction industry.

The 125,000-pound dynamic vertical proof testing machine and 300,000-pound dynamic horizontal proof testing machine, both custom-manufactured by Chant Engineering, New Britain, Pa., dramatically increases the testing capabilities of hoists, slings, shackles, winches and general rigging equipment.

The vertical proof testing machine is capable of dual-load range testing, while the 72-foot horizontal testing machine is fully equipped with a computer, software and fixtures for winch mounting.

Today, OSHA requires more and more construction equipment to undergo testing in order to be certified for safety purposes, and Lifting Gear Hire's new proof testing machines help in that ongoing effort.

“This will enable us to provide more accurate load testing on all our rental items, as well as provide an added service to our customers,” said Tony Fiscelli, Lifting Gear Hire general manager. “You can be assured that our capable and safe equipment is tested, certified and examined every time it goes out the door.”

By possessing the capability to test such large equipment, Lifting Gear Hire is able to diagnose problems with pulling and lifting tools, thereby enhancing safety for its customers.

“The new machines give us a real good insight into how the product is holding up,” said Izzy De Jesus, national director of safety and training.

In addition to Lifting Gear Hire better testing its own equipment with the new machines, the company is expanding services by allowing it to test and certify its customers' equipment. In the near future, Lifting Gear Hire will make certification information available to its customers online. This service will not only ensure customers have access to important documentation, but will also inform them as to when equipment has to be re-certified.