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Taking the pain out of heavy lifting

Article courtesy of The Yorkshire Post

A TEAM of inventors are lightening the load for construction workers with a new lifting machine.
York-based Richard Pollard and Steve Thorpe believe their one-person lifting equipment – the Arnold Versatile Lifting Aid – will revolutionise lifting in the construction industry.

The pair, who own Ryedale Energy, will next month launch the device for lifting manhole lids, grates, trench covers and flagstones.

They believe that the patent-protected device could save the construction industry millions in lost working days and in legal costs due to back injuries.

The device, developed over two years, has passed quality assurances tests. It weighs 21kg but has a maximum load capacity of 125kg and can be folded.

Mr Pollard, 43, said: "The beauty of it is the fact that it allows one person to lift manhole lids, trench cover lids and, basically, anything set in the ground – with minimal effort.

"This one piece of kit deals with the lot. It represents a massive saving for employers as well as reducing a lot of misery."

Mr Thorpe, 44, said: "We knew we had a good, practical product and that there was a need for it. But the response has been like nothing else I've ever known in a lifetime working in the industry, and we haven't started yet."

Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive show that there were an estimated 2,870 cases of self-reported musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) cases per 100,000 workers in 2006. This could equate to about 10 million days lost to back pain each year.

Mr Thorpe said: "Aside from the staggering number of days lost to back trouble, this makes life easier for both employer and worker. It's simple to use and, from a legal point of view, fits with manual handling legislation. It means that just one worker can lift very heavy manhole lids, trench covers, grates and flags and so on with virtually no risk of hurting himself."

Chartered health and safety expert Steve Bielby, from the York Guild of Building, who has inspected the device, said: "Having seen 'Arnold' in action lifting a wide range of manhole, duct and trench covers, I am convinced that this is a really well designed and well built piece of equipment."


Article courtesy of The Yorkshire Post

Giving Builders a Lift

Article courtesy of The York Press


A RADICAL new lifting device expected to save the construction industry millions of pounds currently lost each year on back problems has been unveiled,

And, in the Great British tradition, the innovation has come not from a big corporate team – but from two friends and business partners working in a small office in York.

Richard Pollard and Steve Thorpe believe their one-person lifting equipment – the Arnold Versatile Lifting Aid MkI – will revolutionise lifting in the construction industry.

The pair, who own Ryedale Energy in York, will officially unveiling the product for lifting manhole lids, grates, trench covers and flags early next month but have already been deluged with interest.


"We’ve spent two years developing this and it has been tried and tested and is CE-approved which means it has the EU stamp of approval"

The patent-protected device could save the industry many millions of pounds in lost working days and in legal costs and is expected to be a must-buy purchase in this recession year.


The Arnold has been dubbed ‘an excellent piece of kit’ by recognised safety advisor and Chartered Health and Safety Practitioner Steve Bielby, CEng CMIOSH.

After inspecting the product for Ryedale Energy he said: “Having seen ‘Arnold’ in action lifting a wide range of manhole, duct and trench covers I am convinced that this is a really well designed and well built piece of equipment. It is small enough to travel in the back of a van and is easy to put together and light at only 20kg self weight. By pushing down on the handle this makes it much easier to lift up heavy covers. I tried the equipment and found it easy to manoeuvre and use. The primary aim under The Manual Handling Regulations is to mechanise lifting wherever possible. This robust yet simple equipment does that brilliantly and will certainly help to reduce the number of back injuries caused by lifting heavy covers. I wish you every success with this excellent piece of kit. “

Richard, 43, said: “The beauty of it is the fact that it allows one person to lift manhole lids, trench cover lids and basically anything set in the ground with minimal effort. This one piece of kit deals with the lot.

“We’ve spent two years developing this and it has been tried and tested and is CE-approved which means it has the EU stamp of approval. It’s designed to fold, so it’s nice and compact and only weighs 21kg. We think it solves a major problem of our industry.”

Steve, 44, said the response from initial marketing have been phenomenal. “We knew we had a good, practical product and that there was a need for it. But the response has been like nothing else I’ve ever known in a lifetime working in the industry and we haven’t started yet!

“Aside from the staggering number of days lost to back trouble this makes life easier for both employer and worker. It’s simple to use and, from a legal point of view, fits with the manual handling legislation. It means just one worker can lift very heavy manhole lids, trench covers, grates and flags and so on with virtually no risk of hurting himself. The employer can rest easy knowing his staff are not going to hurt themselves and there’s not going to be a legal bill.

“This could be just the lift the construction industry needs.”

The device which has a safe-working load of 125kgs,was developed by Ryedale Energy when Richard first identified a problem lifting concrete slabs used in electrical sub-station market.

Its pivoting bearer beam allows the lid to remain horizontal during the removal process.

Richard and Steve believe the Arnold could help reduce the industry’s frightening number of musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) cases.

HSE statistics show that there were an estimated upper rate of 2,870 cases of self-reported MSD cases per 100,000 workers in the year 2006 to 2007. In an industry employing about 2.2m workers that accounts for more than 57,000 cases.

Over all industries, that is not just construction, about 10 million days are lost to back pain each year.

“This could impact on those statistics,” said Richard. “That represents a massive saving for employers as well as reducing a lot of misery.”

*For more information contact Arnold Lifters Ltd on tel: 01405 831927, Mob: 07772 793413 or www.arnoldlifters.co.uk Write to Arnold Lifters, 2, St James Court, Rawcliffe. DN14 8RX.




Article courtesy of The York Press

Lifting the lid on making it easy!

Article by Steve Bielby

Having seen “Arnold” in action lifting a wide range of manhole, duct and trench covers I am convinced that this is a really well designed and well built piece of equipment.


"It is small enough to travel in the back of a van and is easy to put together and light at only 20kg self weight"
It is small enough to travel in the back of a van and is easy to put together and light at only 20kg self weight. By pushing down on the handle this makes it much easier to lift up heavy covers.
I tried the equipment and found it easy to manoeuvre and use. The primary aim under The Manual Handling Regulations is to mechanise lifting wherever possible. This robust yet simple equipment does that brilliantly and will certainly help to reduce the number of back injuries caused by lifting heavy covers. I wish you every success with this excellent piece of kit.


Steve Bielby CEng CMIOSH 
Chartered Health & Safety Practitioner 

Senior Partner, Bielby & Charles

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2, St James Court,
Rawcliffe. DN14 8RX

Tel : 01405 831927
Mob : 07772 793413