Warwick University Library

The construction of a new store for library materials posed a number of working at height challenges.

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Warwick University came to us with some very clear challenges and requirements for working at height in their new library store

Key services delivered:
  • Hugo Lift

  • Training 

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The Challenge

Warwick University came to HLS for advice on finding the right working at height solution for use in a new library store which had a mixture of shelving heights, in particular, shelves that were higher than their standard shelving, increasing the working heights to 4.2m. 

They were also restricted in that aisle width to access the shelving which was 1501mm, leading into aisles and just 1000mm in the shelving. 

The main challenges were:
  • Space - restricted access
  • Increased working heights – the new library store increased working heights to 4.2m
  • Safety concerns – due to increased working heights and restricted access

Hugo Lift in a Library Archive

Finding the right work at height solution

Once our site survey and a risk assessment were completed we recommended our very own Hugo Lift, a push-around vertical mast lift. 

With a working height of 4.2m and its compact size (0.73m wide x 1.17m in length),  it was ideal for working in the small aisles and reaching the highest shelving without overreaching. 

Hugo Lift can also be manoeuvred and operated by one person with minimal disruption and features such as self-locking gates ensuring operator safety.

The height adjustable cargo shelf would enable operators to load materials off and onto the shelves, keep their hands free for safely lowering and raising the platform.


The Results

  • A safe solution for working at height
  • Working at height risk-managed
  • Improved efficiency in carrying out working at height tasks
  • Solution for tasks where the previous solution was not suitable


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