For a reliable, fast and professional repair service, trust in Fairfield Care and our specialist engineers, here to help you help others. Regardless of whether you are in need of an urgent repair, if you have arranged a maintenance service or need a specialist part, we guarantee a fast turn around for repair to your equipment. We can guarantee repairs will be always long-lasting, and – most fundamentally for you and your residents – safe and secure to operate.
Servicing Your Mobile Hoist
During your hoist service, the mobile hoist will be fully stripped to allow a visual inspection of all individual working parts, which is handled by our specialised engineers allowing them to carefully inspect any damaged or malfunctioning parts.
To ensure we have carried out a comprehensive test on your mobile hoist, internal mechanical components will be inspected for conformity within the predetermined safety tolerance limits. If there are any parts of the mobile hoist that are not functioning, they will be replaced with a brand new and quality functional part, ensuring that your mobile hoist will be completely working to it’s highest standard once again, if the engineer has the part on his van.
On top of this, the batteries and chargers used for your mobile hoist will be tested to ensure they are fully operating.
After everything has been tested, the mobile hoist will be load-tested to ensure it is in full working order. This involves re-enacting the average load that will go onto your hoist, to ensure that is entirely safe for your residents or patients to use.
Once complete, a report sheet will be issued to you detailing the fixes as well as the recommendations for any further work that may be required. Alongside this, a safe load certificate will be supplied for each of your static and mobile hoists.
Why Choose a Mobile Hoist
Mobile hoists are perfect for those who want a flexible and less costly hoist solution. They don’t require any track installation as ceiling hoists do, which can be more expensive. Mobile hoists do require more work from the carer however. A sling is placed under the resident in a similar way to a ceiling hoist, but then the resident must be slowly and carefully transferred to a new area ensuring they do not bump into anything along the way.
Mobile hoists are also not designed to transfer residents far distances, but their main use is lifting a resident out of bed and into a wheelchair, chair, or ceiling track hoist which are all better for ways of moving for longer distances.
To ensure the right environment, you need to have a floor that is flat enough for easy operating of your mobile hoist. You also need to ensure you can fit the legs of a static and mobile hoist under the end transference point where you will be moving the resident to, for example a bath, chair or bed. If trying to hoist a resident out of the bed, care must be taken not to catch the wires of the motor and pull them out.
For those with a limited space, there are smaller mobile hoists available with slimmer bases, allowing them to easily operate in more confined spaces. Alongside this, mobile hoists are brilliant when it comes to lifting heavier residents, with most mobile hoists having an average maximum load of 20 stone (125 kg) and bigger hoists capable of lifting 40 stone (250 kg).
Why the Safety of Your Mobile Hoist Is Crucial
There are a number of reasons and factors for nursing or care staff to consider when it comes to understanding what can go wrong with mobile hoists. When it comes to all hoists, not just mobile hoists, it’s vital to know how to prevent it from malfunctioning which could then lead to severe injuries, or in rare unfortunate cases, death.
Between April 2001 and December 2007, there were 163 hoisting accidents reported to the Health and Safety Executive, and many will have gone unreported. It is our responsibility as health care professionals, and the people they care for to ensure that equipment is well maintained to reduce these risks as much as possible.
Specifically, when it comes to mobile hoists, it’s best to apply the following guidelines to ensure everything is in working order or prevent damage to your mobile hoist:
- Steer clear of transporting the mobile hoist over long distances or over rough surfaces.
- Do not put on brakes whilst hoisting (unless for certain types of hoists where brakes need to be applied or as otherwise stated by the manufacturer and handling plan).
- Do ensure that the hoist legs are in the most stable and secure position whilst operating.
- When the hoist in not in use, store it in a safe place with the boom/crane in its lowest position and with the brakes applied.
- Whilst sitting in the sling, the user must be able to constantly and dependably allow weight through their legs and have plenty of upper body strength and strong sitting balance.
- The user must be able to assist and physically contribute (if they are able) while the hoist is being operated.
- With particular standing hoists, the carer must be aware and take care whilst operating the hoist with a user that has knee issues, is sensitive or has vulnerable skin on their legs.
A Mobile Hoist Repair Service You Can Rely On
Have you owned your hoist for multiple years? Heard some strange noises coming out of your mobile hoist? We can help – and any potential issue is a matter of urgency with mobile hoists. Ensuring your hoist is safe for use should be your primary concern so it’s important that if you notice anything unusual you should get professional support to assess the hoist as soon as possible.
We pride ourselves in helping you quickly and reliably and are on hand for whenever you might need us, as we understand that equipment can suddenly breakdown and often at the most inconvenient time. Our specialised engineers work on an entire range of services for your convenience, from care baths, slings inspection, mobile hoists and tracking hoists.
Providing a reliable, quality service to you is our main priority, ensuring that you are always happy and confident your mobile hoist is performing to an extremely high standard.
If you would like to find out more about our hoist maintenance service, please do feel free to give us a call on 01234 324 535. Alternatively, please see our form below where you can quickly fill in your details and requirements to book a free initial consultation or to gain a value-for-money quote.