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Breath of fresh air offers smoother manual lifting


A NEW Hertfordshire company is promising that one worker can lift and move machinery or precast sections weighing up to six tonnes without mechanical assistance, as long as they have access to compressed air and a smooth floor surface.

AeroGo UK's range of Aero-Caster air skates and air jacks provide frictionless movement for heavy lifting in construction jobs where overhead craneage is impractical.

Managing director Barry Dean said the technology for the air-powered modules, which act like mini hovercrafts, has been around for a number of years but has been underexploited in the UK.

He said: 'They are not as complex as people think.They have few moving parts and just need an air supply and a relatively smooth floor.

'They are ideal for fit-out jobs when you have an expensive floor surface.'

The firm is also promoting Aero-Jacks, which use the same concept to lift up to 66 tonnes a jack and require an insertion height of just 22 mm.