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    How to mount ceiling hoists – 6 simple solutions

    Mounting methods of ceiling hoists

    Although an overhead track hoist always operates overhead (the clue is on the name!), there a number of different ways of mounting it, here we run through the main six, including mounting off the floor.

    1. Ceiling mount

    Possibly one of the simplest ways to mount an overhead track hoist, a standard ceiling bracket enables the track to be mounted directly to the ceiling. If it is a concrete ceiling, a fixing such as the Hilti HUS-H would be used. Alternatively chemical anchors, such as the HY270 injectable anchor may be used – particularly for flaky concrete, or hollow core beams.

    For fixing directly to timber, the Spax washer head screws will be used, and it is vital that the timbers are specified to take the loading of the hoist plus a 50% safety margin. For the fixings to be effective, the timber must be at least 100mm deep. The track should span the joists for added security, failing this Unistrut should be used to spread the load across 3 or more joists

    If there is access above the timber joists, Unistrut can be used to spread the loads. This is particularly useful if fixing into ceiling rafters, M10 threaded rod is used to connect the bracket to the Unistrut. These solutions are commonly used in when fitting overhead track hoists in domestic properties.

    2. Ceiling Mount – Extended bracket

    In areas where there is a void between the ceiling/overhead tracking hoist and the structural support, extended brackets are used. They consist of a bracket at the top, a bracket at the bottom, and M10 threaded rod, with an aluminium profile covering the threaded ro. The aluminium rod cover provides stability, and if the bracket is visible, and aesthetically please solution.

    Generally extended brackets range from 500 – 12oomm in length, however in swimming pools with high ceilings, they can range up to 3 or even 4 metres!

    If the bracket length is over 300mm, bracing is required. Again aluminium rods are used, from the top of the overhead track system, back to the structural support at 45° to prevent movement of the track when in use.

    3. Ceiling Mount – Extended bracket sloping ceiling

    When mounting an overhead track hoist to a sloping ceiling, an alternative bracket is use. The M10 threaded rod is omitted, and instead the aluminium rod is connected to the two ceiling brackets. This gives flexibility to change the angle at the top, enabling the overhead hoist to be fixed into sloping steels or rafters

    4. Wall bracket – solid walls

    The simplest and easiest way to fix overhead tracking hoists, but only suitable for straight and room covering systems.

    Our wall bracket consists of a right angle bracket with location holes on both faces. The bracket is mounted to the wall using HY270 injectable anchor, with a mesh sleeve, to screw an M10 fixing directly into.

    Once the track is mounted, the bracket is hidden, making for a very neat installation. Additionally the overhead track hoist can be fitted at any angle increasing flexibility, and installation options

    5. Wall bracket – stud walls

    If there is access to stud partitions, it is possible to use a standard wall bracket, in conjunction with the stud walls being strengthened. Two full height layers of structural marine plywood are inserted behind the plasterboard face, and screwed to the ‘C’ section uprights. The whole wall is over boarded with plasterboard and decorated. This provides a strong and stable support for the bracket to be fitted to.

    Again this type of fixing enjoys the benefits of the standard wall bracket, the bracket is hidden behind the track following installation, and the track can be mounted at any angle.

    6. Wall Post – Support from the floor

    Where there is no support in the ceiling or walls, support can be taken from the floor via a wall-post. This slim, strong, white powder coated aluminium profile, is only 20mm deep, yet immensely strong, providing support for an overhead track hoist of up to 500kg (78 stone).

    The wall post is fixed to the wall using Hilti HHD-S cavity wall anchors. The forces applied are downward only there are no lateral or shear forces applied, and the sole purpose of the fixing is to prevent the wall-post coming away from the wall, or moving sideways.

    Click here to download our guide on how to mount ceiling hoists


    When specifying and designing ceiling hoists, it is important to take into consideration the requirements of the CDM regulations. The key requirement to ‘eliminate foreseeable health and safety risks to anyone affected by the project (if possible)’ and to ‘take steps to reduce or control any risks that cannot be eliminated’, can be applied to ceiling hoists.

    For example if a wall fix can be used to eliminate an extended bracket of 3 metres, this reduces the risk of working at height. It also reduces future risks; should the overhead track hoist system need to be removed for maintenance, it can be done so easily, and the LOLER inspections can be carried out at low level, further reducing risk.

    For more information on ceiling track hoists, methods of fixing, or the CDM regulations, please either call us on 024 7647 2600, email us at sales@multicare.co, or fill in the contact form on our website.

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    6 points to consider when choosing a ceiling hoist

    6 points to consider when choosing ceiling hoists

    • What Safe Working Load (SWL) is required?

    Prior to deciding on the type of hoist that you require, stop and think about the type of person(s) that will be using it. Is their weight stable? Is it likely to increase? Are there multiple users? Bear in mind that if you are using a hoist close to its SWL all the time, wear and tear will be increased, and the lifespan of the hoist will be reduced. Similar to a car, which may have a top speed of 120mph, but its actual optimum cruising speed is 70mph, your hoist should not be working constantly close to its maximum. Our GH1 hoist offers a choice of 175kg (27.5 stone), or, for the larger patient 205kg (32 stone).

    • What does the hoist look like?

    Although it may seem that aesthetics should be low on the list when installing a hoist, remember that for many people, it is a symbol of their weakness. Therefore often it is important, that as far as possible, it blends into the environment. Alternatively if you are hoisting a child, you may want to make hoisting fun, to associate it with a positive experience. The GH1 hoist is extremely compact, and finished in a white contemporary finish, enabling it to blend into any environment. However in a fun twist, ‘Zebra’ or ‘Fish’ side covers can be fitted, making it much more exciting for children.

    • How fast is the hoist?

    Often forgotten when comparing hoists, the speed of lifting is an essential factor. If a hoist is used five times a day, and you can save a minute per lift, with two carers this adds up to an incredible 3650 minutes per year, or 60.83 hours! Aside from the cost aspect, this is time that can be spent much more effectively caring for the patient.

    The GH1 features a unique twin speed lift, meaning that when there is no weight on the hoist, it lifts three times as fast as when there is weight on the hoist. Once you have finished hoisting your patient, the hoist speeds up saving you time, and as we all know, time is …money!

    • Look at the lifting tape!

    The lifting tape is one of the most essential items on a ceiling hoist. Failure of the lifting tape could result in serious injury, or even death. By law the lifting tape actually has to be examined every six months as part of the LOLER inspection, but some manufacturers go further than that and insist that the lifting tape is changed every two years, an expensive and time consuming process. The GH1 has an ultra-strong lift tape, it is extra wide, manufactured from seat belt material that will last many years without needing to be replaced.

    • What type of batteries does it use?

    A hidden but vital part of the hoist, the batteries are essential to the reliable operation of the hoist. Many hoists are still fitted with gel or sealed lead acid batteries, meaning that they are heavy and cumbersome, do not keep their charge, and need replacing after 3 – 5 years. Battery technology has advanced in recent years, and the lithium Ion batteries fitted to a GH1, not only hold more charge, but also cannot be damaged and will not need replacing for many years.

    • How does it charge?

    One of the most important aspects of a ceiling hoist is how it charges. For a hoist to be effective and reliable, it must be simple and hassle free to charge. Many hoists have inbuilt chargers, but the hoist has to be returned to a specific point on the track to be charged. This can lead to staff forgetting to return it to the charge point, carers thinking the hoist is charging when it isn’t, and other issues. The GH1 hoist charges through the handset via a docking station, which we think is the perfect solution. It gives two small beeps when the handset has docked and the hoist is charging, so that you know the hoist is charging. Once the hoist is fully charged, the charger automatically switches off, preserving battery integrity.

    For more information on the GH1, or any of our hoist systems, please either call us on 024 7647 2600, email us at sales@multicare.co, or fill in the contact form on our website, here.

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