Ensuring a Flawless Lift: Key Considerations for Lifting Large Glass Panels with GGR Glass
The intricacies of lifting large glass panels can make the task challenging as well as dangerous. In order to ensure a flawless lift, you must always follow safety guidelines when it comes to handling glass. When lifting glass some of the many issues you may be confronted with when trying to handle it safely are the size, weight, breakability, and sharp edges. Below we discuss what steps you need to be taking to ensure a flawless lift.
Precise Measurement and Planning
Before you even begin to lift your glass and install it you must have a step-by-step plan and the correct size glazing for your project. You should first assess the project, taking care to note down specific measurements you will need and identify any obstacles that may become a problem later on. Once you have formed a safe plan, selected glazing which is right for the project, and removed any potential dangers you can begin with the next steps.
Choosing the Right Lifting Equipment
There are many types of lifting equipment for ensuring a flawless lift. But the right lifting solution for you can vary depending on the type of project you have. For example, replacing a small piece of glass for a door may only require a Fingergrab suction cup which has a 1.8kg capacity but lifting a larger glazing unit may require something as strong as a Nemo Grabo Vacuum Cup.
In order to select the right tools for the job you first need to identify some key information about the project. This should be things such as the size and weight of the glass, location, texture of the glass, how easy it is to lift, and any other details that could affect your ability to lift it. Once you have these details you can begin selecting your tools.
Our range of glass lifting equipment includes:
Suction Cups: these offer lifting capacities ranging from 1.8kg to 170kg, with some designed for lifting curved and textured glass.
Incline Carrying Straps: these straps can be used to safely carry glazing up stairs and inclines.
Slab Buggy: this is one of many trolleys we have which allow you to wheel glass across site and reduce strain from carrying it.
Load Distribution and Suction Cups
Proper load distribution ensures that the suction cup maintains a strong vacuum seal and can securely grip the object it's attached to. This even distribution of the load minimises the risk of the suction cup detaching prematurely or failing to adhere to irregular or porous surfaces. Glaziers must consider factors like the size and shape of the suction cup, the weight and shape of the load, and the surface characteristics to optimise load distribution for reliable and safe operations when lifting various types of glass.
Safety Measures and Contingency Plans
Lifting glass is a delicate and potentially hazardous task, requiring safety measures and contingency plans to minimise the risk of accidents and reduce glass breakages. Safety measures include providing proper glass safety training, wearing appropriate PPE like gloves and safety goggles, and conducting thorough equipment inspections before each lift. Contingency plans are equally essential, as they should outline what to do in case of unexpected incidents, such as glass breakage or a malfunction in lifting equipment. These plans typically involve having first aid supplies on hand and immediately involving specialised professionals in the event of glass breakage to handle cleanup and disposal safely. By combining rigorous safety protocols with comprehensive contingency plans, businesses can safeguard their employees and assets during glass lifting operations.
Clear Communication and Coordination
One of the most important ways to ensure a flawless lift when lifting large glass panels is to communicate clearly about the task at hand. The project should be assessed fully, and a plan should be formulated and repeated to everyone involved. Clear communication can mean incorporating radios or hand signals if it is difficult to understand normal vocal communications. Clear and unambiguous communication between team members operating the lifting equipment is essential to guarantee that everyone is on the same page regarding the lift's timing, positioning, and any potential hazards. This clear communication and coordination not only ensure the safety of the workforce but also contribute to successful, damage-free glass installation, meeting both operational and aesthetic goals.
At GGR Glass we have over 25 years of experience in supplying our customers with the best lifting solutions for their glass projects. For more advice on lifting large glass panels or what lifting solutions you need contact our expert team here.