Reid crane gives disabled adventurers a lift

6 months ago | News

A Reid Lifting davit crane makes it possible for disabled people to participate in watersports and other activities at Calvert Trust Kielder, a specialist site for outdoor experiences, in Kielder Water & Forest Park, Northumberland, UK.

The 150kg capacity T-Davit was installed on a jetty for the trust in the spring and has performed successfully throughout the centre’s busy summer months.

The lightweight, aluminium davit, known for its portability in other applications, is permanently fixed to the wharf by a special attachment, also manufactured by Reid. It works in tandem with a Voyager portable hoist, rated at the same capacity for personnel lifting.

Pete Coulson, head of activities, explained that a sister facility in the Lake District – a third Calvert location is in Exmoor – was already using a Reid system and suggested it to their colleagues in the northeast.

Coulson told Made in Britain, “We invested a lot of money in a section of the jetty that could support a personnel lifting device. The previous system worked efficiently but the relatively short lifespan steered us towards the Reid solution. Their team were extremely helpful in listening to what we wanted and were able to manufacture a specialist bracket that allowed us to fit the davit to our jetty, which made the option even more viable.”

Nick Battersby, managing director at Reid, said, “Pete and his colleagues do a fantastic job of providing widespread accessibility to a variety of activities and we’re pleased to play a small part in getting visitors safely in and out of canoes and sailing boats. The application also serves as another example of the versatility of our T-Davit range and other lightweight lifting solutions.”

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