THE Concrete Pipe Lifter RVD-4-Eco reduces the time taken to lift concrete pipes by 50% compared to previous methods, according to hire company A-Plant, the first in the UK to offer the innovative device. It also reduces manual handling and lowers the risk of accidents.
But it is not only with pipe laying that efficiencies can be made, says A-Plant, but also when unloading or loading reinforced concrete pipes on trucks at construction sites. There is no need to use slings or chains.
The RVD-4-Eco uses a mechanical clamping mechanism to prevent slippage and to facilitate accurate placement of the pipe. The attachment fits to an excavator via an integral universal flange plate, using a quick-hitch coupling.
The machine can be attached to any lifting device which has quick change facility, and has the capability to lift a pipe up to 4,000kg and with a diameter of between 300mm to 1,200mm.
A-Plant’s Business Development Manager for lifting and handling Matthew Hood said, “The reason for the purchase of this particular pipe lifter was because of its safe method of unloading and laying pipes compared to the use of slings. The product has been well received by customers and been used during the infrastructure stages on the £431 million flagship Tram project in Nottingham.”