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Your Goods Lift Guide

Published on: Tuesday 2nd May 2023

What is a goods lift?

Goods lifts are designed to move goods, pallets and heavy loads between two or more floors in a safe way. They can also function as bin/bike warehouse lifts. They are traditionally seen in back of house applications, such as catering environments, moving stock in warehouses and retail storage areas. Goods lifts play a vital role in moving goods of every shape, size and weight—either on trolleys, pallets or in crates and roll cages between floors of up to 12 metres.Goods Lift Warehouse Installation


What is the purpose of a goods lift?

  • Efficient use of space – A goods lift offers flexibility to move goods between multiple floors without requiring multiple lifts or forklifts. They take up less room than a conveyor and reduce the need of forklifts to access specific areas.
  • Safe operation – It is essential to ensure that you follow operational guidelines within the relevant UK and EU safety standards when planning and organising lifting operations.
  • Cost savings – A goods lift saves money that you can use in other key projects of your business. A one-time investment has the potential to save your recurring cost.
  • Avoid injury – Manual handling is responsible for 1 in 3 injuries in the workplace. Reduce risk of injury when moving goods between floors with a purpose built mezzanine lift.
  • Boost productivity – Efficient handling practices free up resources.

Why do I need a warehouse goods lift?

  • Increased efficiency: Goods lifts can help you move heavy loads and goods between floors quickly and efficiently, saving time and reducing the risk of injury.
  • Increased safety: Goods lifts are designed to handle heavy loads and can help reduce the risk of injury when moving goods between floors.
  • Increased productivity: With a goods lift, you can move more goods between floors in less time, which can help increase productivity.

How much does a goods lift cost to install UK?

The cost of installing a lift in the UK can vary depending on the type of lift and its features. Prices for goods lifts range from £14,950 to £90,000+ depending on the capacity, lift height, platform size and entry system. Other affecting factors may be the complexity of installation and any other specific requirements based on your needs.

How does a goods lift work?

The operating switches for goods only lifts are placed outside entrances of the lifts. You can send or call the lift from each floor to suit your production flow.

What is the capacity of goods lift?

The capacity of goods lift can vary depending on the type of lift and its features. For example, the maximum capacity for our light duty mezzanine/goods lift is 250kg. The maximum capacity for our heavy duty mezzanine lift/goods lift with standard platform is 1,000kg. The maximum capacity for a heavy duty plus mezzanine/goods lift (larger platform)  is 10,000kg.

What are the common applications of a goods lift?

Goods lifts are used in a variety of low, medium and tall height warehouses. The warehouse goods lift, also known as the mezzanine lift, is what does all the heavy lifting. Goods lifts are also installed in warehouses, storehouses, factories, workshops.

What is the standard size of a goods lift?

The Light Duty Mezzanine/Goods Lift can move loads of up to a maximum of 250kg on a standard GKN or Euro pallet. It is designed with direct low-level loading and has no requirement for a ramp or construction of a pit.

The Heavy Duty Mezzanine Lift/Goods Lift can handle loads of up to 1,000kg and has a platform size suitable for transporting a single pallet, picking trolley or york container. It can handle loads between two or three floors.

The Heavy Duty Plus Mezzanine/Goods Lift can handle loads of up to 10,000kg and has a platform size of 4,000 x 9,000mm.

Can people travel in a goods lift?

Under no circumstances should goods lifts be used for carrying passengers unless they meet all the requirements for passenger lifts. All employees should be clearly instructed on the dangers of inappropriate use of goods lifts. Lifts which are not designed for lifting persons shall be clearly marked to this effect.

What are warehouse lifts called?

A warehouse lift, also known as a goods lift or freight elevator, is a type of lift that is designed to move goods and materials between floors in a warehouse or other industrial setting. These lifts are typically larger and more robust than passenger lifts, and are designed to handle heavy loads.

Warehouse lifts can be used for a variety of applications, including moving pallets of goods between floors, transporting heavy machinery or equipment, and moving large items such as furniture or appliances.

When choosing a warehouse lift, it is important to consider factors such as the maximum weight capacity of the lift, the size of the lift platform, and the speed at which the lift can travel between floors. Additionally, it is important to ensure that the lift is compliant with all relevant safety regulations.

What is the lift legislation in the UK?

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) require that all lifting equipment, including goods lifts, are safe and suitable for their intended use. This includes regular inspections and maintenance to ensure that the equipment remains safe to use.

LOLER also requires that all lifting equipment is marked with its safe working load (SWL), which is the maximum weight that the equipment can safely lift.

Does a goods lift need a LOLER?

Yes, goods lifts are covered by the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) in the UK. These regulations require that all lifting equipment, including goods lifts, are safe and suitable for their intended use.

How often should a goods lift be serviced?

In general, we recommend arranging for a lift servicing visit at least once every six months for goods lifts. However, it is important to note that the frequency of servicing will depend on the type of lift, how frequently it is used, and the number of floors it serves.

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