Our in-built overhead lifting solutions are the most effective and safe way to lift and move residents. We believe that installing safe lifting solutions is about more than just the installation — it’s about the design, education and an organisation’s ability to create a culture of safe lifting. If all these elements combine, then the lives of both residents and carers who use these solutions will be greatly enhanced.

We pulled aside one of our Overhead Lifting Specialists Steve Parry, for the inside scoop on what’s involved with an overhead lifting installation.

Over the three years you have been installing overhead lifting systems with Cubro what have you learnt?

It takes a highly adaptable person that has great attention to detail to install these systems. When you’re working in residents’ homes and construction sites you need to be able to work and adapt to the environment. The attention to detail becomes essential early on as you need to deliver a quality install for both aesthetics, and most importantly, for the safety of those being lifted.

What is involved in the early stages of an overhead lifting project?

Our team will meet with the facility and work through the goals and outcomes they want to achieve with overhead lifting. From there they will do an initial measure, plan and quote. I jump in once the plan is confirmed and start preparing for the install which involves cutting the tracks to size.

For the new builds, I’d imagine the construction sites would be quite chaotic, how do you work in with the other contractors?

Our scheduling needs to be quite fluid, as with any construction or renovation, dates can be juggled around.

When we arrive on-site, we report directly to the site foreman and they will take us through a Health and Safety briefing outlining the specific site procedures and requirements. Initially, we do a site visit when the framing is up, which allows us to do a more detailed measure to confirm locations of the studs, pipes, and electrics — basically check everything is where we think it is. Then we slot back into the puzzle for the full installation once the room is plastered and painted.

What follows the installation?

Safety is obviously essential for us, we spend plenty of time after an installation testing the physical, functional and safety of every system. Weight testing involves hanging a specialist weight device to 300kg for 20 minutes followed by standard testing for example back and forth, up and down until
we are confident.

Our Cubro equipment specialists will come into the facility and run formal trainings with the care staff to ensure they are all competent and feel confident using the system. Our service team will then return each year
to take care of the annual compliance checks and servicing.

You must have a busy schedule covering the country, how are your weeks filled?

Yes, we are in the field more than we are in the warehouse/office.

Being on the road away from family and friends most weeks can be a challenging part of the role, however, it’s awesome that we can bring overhead solutions to everyone — location is no barrier.

What is it that you enjoy most about your role?

I have met a few carers who have back issues and the look on their faces when they see the overhead lifting installed is awesome. There is a real sense of pride knowing you’re helping make carers and residents lives easier.

In many cases you will be installing the overhead solution in existing facilities, how do you work in with the residents?

Keeping the residents happy is key, so we will always ensure the timing is right for our visit. We also take photos of the layout of the room before we remove anything to get the installation done and then we take the extra care to put everything back where we found it. We want the resident’s environment left
clean and arranged just as they like it.

How do you find the look of the overhead tracks fit in across the various interiors you have visited?

I’m no interior designer but I’ve found the discrete and simple design of the tracking systems we use, fit seamlessly into both the modern and old facilities. We fit the system as high as possible to the ceiling to help achieve a sleek look.

Your team works on projects of all sizes. Have you worked on any larger projects lately?

Yes, the most recent one I can recall, we installed XY overhead lifting into 90
rooms. XY means the tracks allow you to access all areas of the room, so you get full room coverage.

How has the role changed since the COVID pandemic?

Our team are hot on adapting to each facility’s individual COVID protocols. Just the other week one of our team members wore a full hazmat suit as required by a facility in Auckland.

Enhancing Health and Safety is the main reason we are there in the first place.

If you would like to find out more about our overhead lifting solutions, please feel free to flick us an email at hello@cubro.co.nz