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Looplifter bags a safety coup

MATERIALS Cutting Edge

NO ONE goes to work expecting to be injured and, although construction takes safety as seriously as any other industry, accidents can happen to anyone, whether labourer or project manager, in any sector from groundworks to roofing.

Anything that can improve the safety of workers should be applauded and a simple bag-stacking device soon to be launched by Suffolk-based company Looplifter could improve safety in the bulk materials handling sector.

Its bag-handling system is a simple polypropylene device that is attached to the top of a bulk container to allow bags to be picked up and stacked by a forklift truck safely and easily.

The collapsible system has an innovative sprung cross-member design that ensures the bag loops are held at the optimum level, reducing the risk of failure and accident.

According to Looplifter's David Alvis, the system also improves the overall efficiency of material handling.

He said: 'They can reduce handling time by as much as 50 per cent because they maximise the efficiency of the operation.'

The device has had trials with a builders' merchants and will go into full production in the next three months.

Mr Alvis added: 'There are 12 million bulk container bags in the country, around half of which are used in aggregate, sand and gravel distribution. I am convinced the device will improve health and safety and bring cost savings.'