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Invicta’s lead boom improves roofing safety for SIG

Leading construction industry supplier SIG plc has purchased Lead Booms from Invicta Forks & Attachments to reduce manual handling risks for personnel in its Roofing Division, SIG Roofing Supplies.

Invicta's Booms are designed to handle heavy coiled or cylindrical products, such as steel coils, concrete pipes and rolls of lead. As this type of material handling is unique to each individual application, every boom is designed to meet the customer's particular requirements. SIG Roofing Supplies routinely handles heavy rolls of lead, a potentially hazardous operation when carried out manually. The purchase of the Lead Booms from Invicta has enabled rolls of lead to be handled more easily and has simplified the operation of loading them onto vans. The need for manual handling has been reduced and therefore the risk of injury lowered.

One of the main safety features of the Invicta Lead Boom is its fully-automatic heel pin retention. This eliminates any possibility of the attachment slipping off the truck's forks during handling and transporting. The device operates automatically as the boom is lifted off the floor and automatically disengages when the forks are lowered onto the floor. Also, a simple thumb screw enables the fork truck driver to provide secondary locking by securely clamping the Lead Boom to the truck's forks.

“The Lead Booms we have in operation within our branches have been an invaluable addition to our Roofing Division, improving health and safety and enabling us to handle lead much more efficiently,” says Jeff Hibbard of SIG plc. “Our experience of Invicta has always been positive: the various products we have invested in have proved themselves in everyday operation and have always increased either safety or productivity – often both.”

SIG plc is a leading specialist supplier to the construction, building and industrial markets and is the largest distributor of roofing products in the UK. The group has four core business sectors: Insulation; Roofing; Commercial Interiors; and Specialist Construction and Safety Products and serves a wide range of trades in the building and construction markets. Every day SIG delivers to thousands of customers from over 700 trading locations in 11 countries across the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe.

Invicta Forks & Attachments is the largest manufacturer of mechanical fork attachments in the UK, stocking more than 25 product lines – from tipping skips and work platforms through to lifting jibs, drum handling equipment and more specialised items like scissor grabs and fly jibs. With over 85 years' engineering experience, Invicta Forks & Attachments can provide bespoke solutions to meet particularly challenging requirements.

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